“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking
we used when we created them.”
- Albert Einstein
Think Possibilities. Choose Action.
Create realities from possibilities
The Peace Studies Program at Golden West College, and the Peace, Mind & Body Club, invite you to think Possibilities. Escalating destruction of our environment, dwindling natural resources, and international abuses of human rights such as poverty, hunger, and the loss of cultural diversity are only several examples of our need to choose innovative actions to make Peace.
Peace Studies at Golden West College is an interdisciplinary program formed to provide students with the tools they need to work towards a more peaceful world. This program was created with the conviction that education, awareness, and activism are essential to those interested in becoming the custodians of our futures. Through education we can empower students to lead with knowledge and passion, building bridges between daily reality and new possibility. Through awareness one can find ways to create peace, within one’s self, between the self and others, between “us” and “them” or between humans and nature.
The Peace Studies Program supports pioneers dedicated to peace
This new program supports human development; development of capabilities, skills and potentials that activate both individuals and groups in ways that enhance their social choices and commitments, liberate their inventiveness and raise levels of esteem and cooperation essential to carrying out goals. This program supports students in how to think, rather than what to think.
Becoming certified in Peace Studies
GWC is in process of offering a Certficate in Peace Studies. This program offers an interdisciplinary look at conflict, violence, war, and peace. Regardless of the academic discipline or chosen profession of each student, the instructors of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at GWC regard each as a potential “Peace Leader”. Peace Studies equips students with creativity and skills easily applied to real life situations, personally as well as globally.
This interdisciplinary program is open to all. Those interested in becoming certified in it must take at least seventeen credits; one must be PEAC 100, another must be PEAC 110, and four must be related to the general field of peace studies.
PEAC 100: Introduction to Peace Studies
This course offers an overview of the program. Issues related to war, peace, and justice are analyzed. (GE - Transferable to UC and CSU)
This course offers an in-depth examination of the internal and external components of peace and conflict, and how each affects individuals, groups, nations, and the environment. Through the study of the forces that influence human relations, students analyze how the world and its inhabitants can be changed.
Exercise, simulated conflict situations, and examples from community partners are used to provide students opportunities to broaden their perspectives and develop self-awareness.
PEAC 110: Nonviolence and Conflict Resolution
This course analyzes nonviolence from all angles. We review the theories and practices of nonviolent movements. We study leaders such as the Gandhis and Martin Luther Kings of the world - those who call us to be the change we want to see in the world, and see new beginnings, when we finally recognize that cycles of violence must be broken by innovative responses of a different kind.
(GE - Transferable to UC and CSU)
Peace Studies-related careers
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
- United Nations and related agencies
Be a leader towards a peaceful future