Peace Studies

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Addresses the continuing need for effective alternatives to structures of conflict and violence. Prepares students for careers in conflict transformation, mediation or humanitarian work. Consists of 18 credit hours including the following courses:

Biblical historical and social attitudes toward violence and peace including a study of political social and scientific factors that affect violence at the interpersonal and through war at the international levels of human experience. A seminar approach is used. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education philosophy or religion and Ethical Reasoning

Unit(s): 3

Personal and social ethical issues from the perspective of contemporary writings of Christian ethicists. Normative and contextual approaches. An examination of the relationship between religion and culture. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education philosophy or religion Ethical Reasoning & Writing Intensive Offered on demand

Unit(s): 3

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A critical survey of ethical perspectives ad issues in the thought and practices of several religious traditions. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
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An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
and ENG 110 General education philosophy and religion and ethical reasoning

Unit(s): 3

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A broad introduction to the field familiarizes students with conflict and practical approaches to its transformation. Personal communication and conflict styles negotiation skills interpersonal mediation and facilitation of group decision-making and problem-solving strategies are examined. Participation in discussions exercises analyses role-plays and simulations frame the course. In addition to the regularly scheduled meeting times one Saturday session is included. Prerequisites SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

And three of the following courses:

Examines pressing moral and philosophical questions that have become major political issues of our day. Problems considered include abortion sexism racism drugs privacy and censorship civil disobedience and others of interest to the group. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education philosophy or religion and ethical reasoning Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Upon approval of the Department and the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs a student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better may engage in an independent study or research project. One desiring to pursue independent study or research must submit a written description of the proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs by the first day of the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the end of the semester the supervising professor files with the Registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished. Credit may be received for not more than three independent studies or research projects.

Unit(s): 3

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Social and political structures of the Church issues in theology and ethics. A survey of the history of the Church from the Apostolic Age to the present time. Prerequisite ENG 110 General Education philosophy or religion Offered on demand

Unit(s): 3

From its beginning to the present day. Emphasis upon understanding the church today in light of its historical development with a special focus on Brethren doctrines and practices. Prerequisite ENG 110 Offered on demand

Unit(s): 3

Major living religions of the Near East stressing a sympathetic understanding of the illumination which is provided the adherents of each for daily living as well as some of the cultural expressions of each in those societies where they flourish. Religions studied include Judaism Christianity and Islam. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

A brief history of peace studies in the United States current issues in peace studies studies in the philosophy of civilization the roles of violence and nonviolence in protest and revolution and the roles of church and state in peacemaking. Prerequisites ENG 110 Offered on demand

Unit(s): 3

Upon approval of the Department and the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs a student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better may engage in an independent study or research project. One desiring to pursue independent study or research must submit a written description of the proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs by the first day of the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the end of the semester the supervising professor files with the Registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished. Credit may be received for not more than three independent studies or research projects.

Unit(s): 3

Examines human understanding of the institution of warfare and alternative means of managing large-scale conflict. Also studies the concept of peace including the personal and policy implications of the various definitions of the term. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education Global Dynamics & Writing Intensive Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the continuity and changes in the contexts structures processes actors and issues of U.S. foreign policy in the 20th and 21st centuries. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Explores the nature of international law and its similarities and differences with domestic law. Examines the institutions rules and organizations that provide the context for global interactions in an increasingly globalizing world. Case studies include issues such as human rights the International Criminal Court the World Trade Organization and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 Writing Intensive Course Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Dilemmas tensions and theoretical and policy issues related to the position of Third World countries in the modern world. Questions of urbanization industrialization modernization westernization and distribution of economic resources are discussed. Various theories of development and underdevelopment are critically examined. Prerequisite PDP-150 or PDP-350 and SOC 101 General education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Courses listed on a student's plan of the major in philosophy and religion are excluded.

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Dr. William Abshire, Anna B. Mow Endowed Professor and Department Chair
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