CRES-155 Introduction to Conflict Resolution: Science and Art
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to both different perspectives on conflict and different strategies for resolving conflict. Conflict will be explored in different contexts, including intergroup conflict, cross-cultural conflict, and international conflict, with an emphasis on interpersonal conflict. Most importantly, students will be asked to reflect on their own style of conflict resolution and the pertinence of the material covered to conflict resolution in their own lives. Course content will include experiential learning and role play. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as HEED-155.
CRES-201 Conflict and Process
This course provides students with knowledge about different conflict resolution processes–e.g., mediation, negotiation, arbitration, and facilitation. Role plays will be used to demonstrate the use of these processes and to provide students with an opportunity to practice conflict resolution skills. Prerequisite: CRES-155/HEED-155. (3 hours weekly)
CRES-202 Dynamics of Social Conflict
This course will explore the social conflict that results from problems such as structural racism, disproportionate minority confinement in our prisons, economic inequality, and gender discrimination, which continue to be social problems that define United States culture. As such these problems have resulted in not only the attention of observers as noted by Case, but also in major social movements which have had varying degrees of success in making sustainable improvements in human interaction in our society. These four problems in particular, because of the irresoluteness of their nature often underlie conflict at the interpersonal, neighbor-to‑neighbor, community, political jurisdiction, and/or ethnic/identity group level. Particular attention will be paid to case studies which illuminate racism, gender discrimination and class inequality. Students will generate potential resolutions to cases through the application of dispute resolution theories and techniques. Prerequisite: CRES-201. (3 hours weekly)
CRES-225 Sociology of Conflict and Non-Violence
This course examines why humans engage in conflict, why violence is employed to resolve conflict and the nature and practice of non-violent conflict resolution. Students will explore the social forces that produce conflict–including cultural, economic, and psychological–and the arenas in which conflict occurs–including family, community, nation and world. Within an interdisciplinary framework (using social sciences and humanities), students will learn the theoretical, historical, practical, and political aspects of violent and non-violent conflict. Special attention will be given to emerging social and global conflicts, including examination of how or if these conflicts might be resolved in a non-violent manner. Prerequisite: SOCI-101 or SOCI-102. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as SOCI-225.
CRES-203 Restorative Justice
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and practice of restorative justice. Students will explore the needs and roles of key stakeholders (victims, offenders, communities, justice system), outline the basic principles and values of restorative justice and learn some of the primary models of practice. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on how the theories and practices of restorative justice radically reframe the traditional notions of the American criminal justice and education systems. Specifically, students will be challenged to examine the differences between restorative and retributive systems through a lens of multicultural perspectives and experiences. Students explore the use of restorative practices, such as reconciliation, to repair the harm to communities affected by mass victimizations or collective violence. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as CRIM-203.