Krisjon Rae Olson
Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology. Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.
Peace and conflict studies examine the cultural, political, and historical forces that effect war, revolution, and our understanding and experience of armed conflict (pain, suffering, displacement) and its resolution (healing, vengeance, nation-building). The field of study ranges from pragmatic research – and attempts to change how humanitarian and multilateral organizations operate – to the theoretical engagement of disciplines such as international relations, law, and anthropology. This course offers an introduction to the field of peace and conflict studies to understand the key conflicts of modern history, the normative epistemologies that arose to explain them, and critically appraise ongoing processes of conflict and restitution.
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