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Arts & Letters Division

Dr. David Hudson, Dean

For more information contact:
Laurie Camody

Division Coordinator
lcamody@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8772

PEACE STUDIES

Think Possibilities. Choose Action and make commitment to the world

The Peace Studies Liberal Arts degree at Golden West College offers students an opportunity to understand the value of Peace. This program teaches tomorrow’s leaders how to utilize peacemaking and conflict management skills in their daily lives, whether across the ocean, across the living room, or within oneself. This requires an awareness that allows people to respond proactively and creatively, rather than thoughtlessly or defensively, to conflict and violence at various levels.

The program has been developed to provide an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of conflict, violence, war, and peace. Such an approach is essential in view of the highly complex, interconnected, and interdependent world in which we live. This interdisciplinary program is open to all students.

A major in Peace Studies is a preparation for those seeking to pursue careers in international affairs, whether through the Foreign Service, Peace Corps, the United Nations, or international Non-Governmental Organizations. Areas of involvement might include human rights, social and economic development, disarmament, conflict analysis, and general peacemaking. The student seeking a domestic career may find work as a mediator or conflict resolution specialist, a human relations specialist, or an educator.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  – Albert Einstein

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Associate In Arts Degree In Peace Studies

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate In Arts Degree In Peace Studies

The overall purpose of the program in Peace Studies is to provide formal training for students, including potential leaders, with peacemaking and conflict management skills they can apply to daily life situations, regardless of their academic disciplines or chosen professions. The program has been developed to provide an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of conflict, violence, war, and peace. Such an approach is essential in view of the highly complex, interconnected, interdependent world in which we live. This requires an understanding that allows people to respond creatively, rather than thoughtlessly, to conflict and violence at various levels.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Characterize the value of peace and demonstrate theories related to both positive and negative peace.
  • Analyze and discuss issues related to peace, conflict and societal problems at all levels.
  • Critically think about their role in the world and their possible contributions to a more peaceful world. Demonstrate effective leadership skills by working/participating in at least two group projects.
  • Articulate an understanding of how the application of negotiation, conflict resolution and peace building tools can be used to achieve personal, communal, national and international goals.
  • Locate and critically evaluate educational materials concerning specific conflicts and their causes in at least two contemporary issues.
  • Apply theory in academic disciplines such as literature, communication, political science and philosophy to the field of peace studies.
Required courses

Peace Studies G100 – Peace Studies Introduction – 3 units
Peace Studies G110 – Nonviolence and Conflict Resolution – 3 units
Peace Studies G225/Communication Studies G225 – Negotiation and Mediation – 3 units
English G110/English G110H – Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing through Literature, Honors – 4 units

Choose six additional units from the following:
Communication Studies G100 – Interpersonal Communication – 3 units
Communication Studies G255 – Intercultural Communication – 3 units
Political Science G110 – International Relations – 3 units
Political Science G101 – Survey of Current Issues – 3 units
Philosophy G120 – Ethics – 3 units

Total units: 19


Semester at a Glance – Associate In Arts Degree In Peace Studies

Semester 1
PEAC G100 – Introduction to Peace Studies – 3 units

Select one course from the following:
COMM G100 – Interpersonal Communication – 3 units
COMM G255 – Intercultural Communication – 3 units
PSCI G110 – International Relations – 3 units
PSCI G101 – Survey of Current Issues – 3 units
PHIL G120 – Ethics – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
PEAC G110 – Nonviolence & Conflict Resolution – 3 units
ENGL G110/G110H – Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing Through Literature – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Select one course from the following:
COMM G100 – Interpersonal Communication – 3 units
COMM G255 – Intercultural Communication – 3 units
PSCI G110 – International Relations – 3 units
PSCI G101 – Survey of Current Issues – 3 units
PHIL G120 – Ethics – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
PEAC G225 – Negotiation and Mediation – 3 units
or
COMM G225 – Negotiation and Mediation – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Required Totals
Major Total: 19 units
GE Pattern GWC AA, CSU GE Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

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PEACE STUDIES G100 – 3 Units
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Peace Studies, Introduction
This course offers an in-depth examination of the internal and external components of peace and conflict, and how each affects individuals, as well as groups, nations, and the environment. A review of changes achieved historically through various philosophies and lifestyles. Through the study of the forces that influence human relations, students analyze how the world can be changed. Exercise, simulated conflict situations, role-play, and examples from community partners are used to provide students opportunities to broaden their perspectives and develop self-awareness. This class is designed as a service learning course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PEACE STUDIES G110 – 3 Units
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Nonviolence and Confilct Resolution
This course explores both the theory and the use of nonviolence as a means for waging and resolving conflict. The course explores Nonviolence Theory as it applies to issues of social change, alternative defense, and personal transformation. Writings from political, sociological, feminist, religious, and philosophical perspectives will be examined. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the use of nonviolent tactics and strategies, and to increase students’ understanding of how and when nonviolence has been used to resolve conflict. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PEACE STUDIES G225 – 3 Units
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Negotiation and Mediation
(Same as: Communication Studies G225)
Advisories: Communication Studies G100
This course presents theories and skills to address and settle conflict situations by utilizing the negotiation and mediation processes. The student will learn how to assess conflict situations and determine the appropriateness of negotiation and mediation. Students will learn theories and skills through lecture, role playing, dialogue and in-class simulations. Students will also examine different contexts for negotiation and mediation including family, school, community and business situations. Videos and student presentations of negotiation and conflict resolution topics complement the lectures, simulations and role playing. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

PEACE STUDIES G230 – 3 Units
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Leadership & Peacebuilding
This course teaches leadership concepts and skills, including psychological processes, conflict resolution and human development skills. It will help students become aware of their own leadership style and develop themselves to be innovators in their own life and the world at large. Psychological, physical and mental health aspects will be stressed. This course contains a required service learning component. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

A major in Liberal Arts with concentration in Peace Studies is excellent preparation for those seeking to pursue careers in international affairs, whether through the Foreign Service, Peace Corps, the United Nations, or international Non-Governmental Organizations. Areas of involvement might include human rights, social and economic development, disarmament, conflict analysis, and general peacemaking. The student seeing a domestic career may find work as a mediator or conflict resolution specialist, a human relations specialist, or an educator.

Above all else, the Peace Studies program teaches critical analysis; the art and science of investigating problems from all angles. This skill is indispensable in a wide variety of for-profit and non-profit careers, such as:

  • Citizens’ action
  • Community mediation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Diplomatic and government services
  • Environmental action organizations
  • Human rights
  • Labor organizations
  • Organizations for equitable economic development
  • Peace organizations
  • Peace research and education
  • Personnel management
  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • United Nations and related agencies

Be a leader towards a peaceful future

FRAN FARAZ

FFarazdaghi@gwc.cccd.edu