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Peace & Conflict Transformation Studies (PACTS) is an interdiscplinary program. Below are courses housed in the Peace and Conflict Transformation discipline followed by a list of courses from other disciplines that count toward the PACTS program.

PCTS-1110 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies: (3.0 credit hours). This course will enable students to develop an understanding of the roots and nature of conflict, violence, and peace. It examines a variety of models for constructive ways to respond to conflict, violence, and peace. Special attention will be given to the question of how to understand conflict in relation to violence and peace, and the complex realities they name. Related themes will be examined from an interdisciplinary perspective.

IDS/PCTS-2000 The Project Cycle: (3.0 credit hours) Time-limited projects remain an important way in which development and other social change assistance are delivered by non-profit agencies.  The course will introduce the elements and practices of the project cycle, from identification and planning, through monitoring and evaluation of project implementation, including key issues in the project cycle, such as logical frameworks, managing for results, participatory planning and evaluation, appreciative approaches, and capacity building. Prerequisite: IDS-1110 or BUSI-1000.

PCTS-2221 Restorative Justice: (3.0 credit hours) Identifies the principles of restorative justice and explores the application of these principles. Includes a critical assessment of victim-offender mediation, and the application of restorative principles within the criminal justice system, as they affect victims, offenders and the community. Alternative models of the justice system as a whole will also be considered. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110.

PCTS-2262 Conflict, Faith, and Community: (3.0 credit hours) This course explores how conflict and conflict transformation are linked to personal faith and life in community. Students will first have the opportunity to investigate what is meant by “faith” and “community.” Students will then explore how faith and community can shape their understanding of conflict and the practice of conflict transformation. Diverse views of conflict and faith developed by secular as well as various religious communities will be examined. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110.

PCTS/IDS-2443 Conflict and Development Issues in Indigenous Communities: (3.0 credit hours) Within the broad framework of international development and conflict transformation studies, this course explores the dynamics of indigenous communities globally, with special reference to the Canadian context. Processes of marginalization and underdevelopment will be presented in order to understand indigenous communities’ social, economic and political situation. Prerequisites: either PCTS-1110 or IDS-1110.

ENVS/PCTS-2620 Ecological Peacebuilding: (3.0 credit hours) This course will explore the role of the ecology in peacebuilding, focusing on relationships between environmental insecurity and conflict, ecological integrity and justice, and on the politics, theory and skills of ecological peacebuilding.  Drawing upon a broad range of historical and contemporary case studies, students will be encouraged to apply these insights as part of the learning process. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110.

PCTS-2810 History and Strategies of Non-Violence: (3.0 credit hours) Non-violence has a long and rich history, usually overshadowed by history as the story of violence. This course reviews the history of non-violent social change and explores the dynamics of non-violent action. It also examines the motivations and strategies of a variety of non-violent actions. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110.

PCTS/ANTH-2820 Aggression, Violence and War in a Social-Scientific Perspective: (3.0 credit hours) This course will investigate and assess psychological, sociological, anthropological, and socio-biological perspectives and theories of aggression, violence and war. Case studies will be used to test the applicability of these theories, and their usefulness for approaching peacebuilding work. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110, PSYC-1020, SOCI-1110 or ANTH-1610 and 1620.

PCTS-2950 Topics in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110.

PCTS-3100 Models for Peace and Conflict Transformation: (3.0 credit hours) This course examines integrative models of social change, which hold together peace, development, justice, and identity issues. Using such models requires the multifaceted tasks of critical analysis of structural violence and direct violence, nurturing justice through human development, proactive building of dynamic peace cultures, and responding to crises in ways that build on local cultural and faith traditions and that witness to a sustainable and peaceable future. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110 and 30 credit hours of university-level study.

PCTS-3120 Cultures of Violence, Cultures of Peace: (3.0 credit hours) A multi-layered examination of peace and violence from the perspective of culture, addressing questions such as: How are attitudes towards peace and violence reflected in the way cultures enact discipline, security, education, reconciliation, etc.? How are peace and violence reflected in expressions of popular culture and various sub-cultures? How are peace and violence modelled in relationships between different cultures? How might the very idea of culture be questioned through the lens of peace? Prerequisites: PCTS-1110 and 30 credit hours of university-level study, or instructor’s permission.

PCTS-3240 Workplace Conflict: (3.0 credit hours) This course will examine contemporary workplace issues, causes of workplace conflict and a variety of responses such as negotiation, conciliation, mediation, grievance procedures, and arbitration as well as tribunals such as labour relations boards and human rights commissions. Issues to be examined may include violence, bullying, harassment, organizational culture, ‘constructive dismissal’, and other workplace concerns. Prerequisites: BUSI-1000 or PCTS-1110 & 30 credit hours of university-level study.

PCTS-3600 Art of Peacebuilding: (3.0 credit hours) Peacebuilding is a creative, dynamic art. Through an examination of local, national, and international case studies of peacebuilding, and through careful reflection on the dynamics of conflict transformation and peacebuilding, this course seeks to nurture students’ strategic imaginations and creative capacities as artisans of peace. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110 and 30 credit hours of university-level study.

PCTS/PHIL-3800 Whose Violence? Which Peace? (3.0 credit hours) The art of naming peace and violence well requires an appreciation of the different and related varieties of peace and violence. It also requires an understanding of how peace and violence are bound up with a variety of complex related practices and realities that might not appear on the surface to be relevant matters. For example, what do speed, technology, media, and virtual reality have to do with questions of violence and  peace? What difference does it make if we think about peace and violence in terms of the categories of nation-state, civil society, or church? Prerequisites: Either PCTS-1110 or 6 credit-hours of Philosophy and 30 credit hours of university-level study.

PCTS-3850 Just War Traditions: (3.0 credit hours) This course seeks to explore how justice is related to questions of peace and violence through an examination of the history and logic of the just war tradition. Characteristic themes of the just war tradition will be studied, such as the distinction between killing and murder, the presumption against violence, non-combatant immunity, the possibility of honourable defeat, and war as last resort. Special attention will be given to understanding the changing character of the just war tradition in its transition through medieval Christian to modern secular contexts Prerequisites: PCTS-1110 and 30 credit hours of university-level study.

PCTS-3950 Topics in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110 and 30 credit hours of university-level study.

PCTS-4000 Thesis in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies: (6.0 credit hours) This course is restricted to students completing the Bachelor of Arts, four-year major. For information on eligibility, due dates, procedures, and requirements, students should request a document from the Registrar’s Office. Approval of the application will be contingent on the availability of faculty members to serve as thesis advisor and second reader.

IDS/PCTS/POLS/SOCI-4100 Senior Seminar in Social Change: (3.0 credit hours) In this capstone seminar, students review and compare inter-disciplinary and discipline-based approaches to social change, including issues in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, social and economic development, environmental sustainability, and democratization and social movements.  Using a seminar format, students will examine contending theories of social change, and address questions of power, interpretation, ethics, commitments and virtues in understanding and working for social change.  These examinations will allow students to explore ways of integrating theories and practices, and articulate their own understanding and ethics of social change. Prerequisites: 60 credit hours of university level studies, including 18 credit hours in IDS, PCTS, SOCI, POLS, GEOG or PSYC; or permission of the instructor.  It is recommended that the practicum requirement be completed prior to taking this course.

PCTS-4240 Workplace Conflict Resolution Systems Design: (3.0 credit hours) The course is designed to develop an understanding of the nature and causes of conflict in the workplace and the implementation of conflict resolution systems within the organization. Areas of study include systems design related to the organizational culture, context, and structure. It examines past and current conflict resolution systems, structures that are necessary to support conflict management systems, and emerging trends in workplace dispute systems design. The course then studies organizational advantages and disadvantages of investing in dispute systems design. Prerequisites: PCTS-3240 or permission of the instructor.

PCTS-4940 Independent Study in PCTS: (3.0 credit hours) A study in a specific area of IDS under the direction of a faculty member Prerequisites: PCTS-1110 and a minimum of 60 credit hours of university-level studies.

PCTS-4950 Topics in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110 and 30 credit hours of university-level study.

Additional PACTS Courses that count toward PACTS Majors

ANTH-1610 Cultural Anthropology
BTS-2230 Biblical Perspectives on Peace & Justice
BTS-2250 Creation, Environment, and the Bible
BTS-2570 Peace and War in Historical Context
BTS-2720 Third World Theology
BTS-2730 Feminist Theology
BTS-2750 Introduction to Christian Ethics
BTS-2780 Political Theology
BTS-2800 Theology of Peace and Justice
BTS-2920 Women and Men
BTS-3240 New Testament Economics
BTS-3370 Pastoral Care and Counselling
BTS-3450 Theologies of Power
BTS-3740 Social Issues in Christian Perspective
BUSI/PSYC-2020 Organizational Behaviour
BUSI-2030 Management and Organizational Theory
BUSI-3300 Not-for-Profit Management
COMM-2010 Digital Video Storytelling
COMM/POLS/SOCI-3000 Politics, Society, and Mass Media
COMM-3020 Group Communication and Creative Process
COMM-3030 Public Relations
ENGL-3800 Reading Culture
ENGL-4200 Revenge
ENVS/GEOG-1030 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVS/IDS/GEOG-3010 Environment, Society, and Resilience
GEOG-1100 Culture, Conflict, and Transformation in South(ern) Africa (Outtatown Students only)
HIST-2040 History of Native Peoples in Canada
HIST-2060 Religion and Conflict in Historical Perspective
HIST/IDS-3020 History of Globalization
IDS-1110 Introduction to International Development Studies
IDS-2110 Participatory Local Development
IDS/DRS-2171 Crisis, Humanitarian Aid, and Disaster Recovery
IDS-2521 The Study of Voluntary Simplicity
IDS/GEOG-2603 Environmental Sustainability—A Global Dilemma
IDS-3111 An Analysis of Development Aid Policy
IDS-3901 Humanitarian Aid and Conflict
IDS-3920 Action Research Methods
IDS-4140 Religion and Development
MATH-3050 Chaos Theory
PHIL-2020 Postmodern Philosophy
POLS-1000 Democracy and Dissent
POLS-1010 Global Politics
POLS-2120 Peace and Conflict in World Politics
POLS-2200 Human Rights and Dignity
POLS-2300 Canadian Political Issues
POLS/SOCI/PHIL-2600 Social and Political Philosophy
PSYC-2110 Social Relationships and Behaviour
PSYC-2400 Counselling Theories
PSYC-2410 Counselling Techniques
PSYC/SOCI-2700 Interpersonal Communication
PSYC/BUSI-3000 Organizational Leadership
PSYC/SOCI-4030 Qualitative Inquiry in the Social Sciences
SOCI-2020 Communities and Organizations
SOCI-2000 Social Welfare
SOCI-2030 Inter-cultural Theory and Practice

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