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CRS700 - Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice

Conflict is a universal feature of human society. It takes its origins in economic differentiation, social change, cultural formation, psychological development, and political organization – all of which are inherently conflictual – and becomes overt through the formation of conflict parties, which come to have, or are perceived to have, mutually incompatible goals. Conflict resolution as a defined specialist field came of age in the post-Cold War era and continues to grow in importance and relevance. This course examines major theories of conflict causation and motivation and emphasizes need for theories to inform processes of conflict resolution. Analysis in this course weaves together ideas from conventional disciplines with new approaches, especially with regard to causes and methods of resolving deep-rooted conflict. (3 crs.)