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Peace & Justice Studies
Upon completion of the PJS major requirements students will be able to:
Demonstrate broad knowledge of the historical, theoretical
and interdisciplinary development of the field.
Define basic concepts in peace studies, including positive
and negative peace; structural violence, cultural violence,
nonviolence, mediation, negotiation, and arbitration.
Define basic concepts in justice studies, including
transitional justice, environmental justice, distributional justice, procedural
justice, and accountability.
Define basic concepts in human rights and describe their
Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between
peace and justice.
Demonstrate an understanding of the different perspectives on
conflict, including social, psychological, cultural, political, economic,
environmental, religious, and historical.
Demonstrate an understanding of the causes of violence,
including direct, structural, and cultural dimensions.
Demonstrate familiarity with the techniques of conflict
Demonstrate an ability to identify and analyze normative
Demonstrate a capacity for assessing and evaluating
competing points of view.
Identify and explain how people and groups act to promote
peace and justice, including: the principled and pragmatic approaches to
nonviolent action and the wide array of methods deployed; the dynamics and
strategic interactions of contentious politics; and the social innovations
in diverse forms and arenas of leadership, whether in civil society,
institutions of governance, or political economy.
Develop strategies for nonviolent action on behalf of
justice and peace, whether by community organizing, advocacy, movement
mobilization, or deliberative civic engagement.
Demonstrate experiential learning skills for integrating
coursework with internship and/or field research opportunities.
Demonstrate the ability to produce an integrative capstone
product based on research (quantitative or qualitative) and/or civic engagement.
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