Why are certain conflicts so difficult to resolve? This course will examine conflicts that are long-standing and elude resolution. We will explore the factors that contribute to complex disputes and the conditions that allow groups to begin to address them. Can individuals like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela transform historical conflict? What role do power and religion play in multi-party conflicts? Peacekeeping and peace building will be analyzed as to their effectiveness in chronic conflicts. The role of “the breaking of bread” in all cultures as a method for peace building among diverse groups will be examined, and a project, “Breaking Bread for Hadil” will begin in this class. We will be baking bread as a part of this course. It is highly recommended that this course be taken along with The Art of Mediation and Negotiation, which includes a 14 hour certificate in conflict resolution skills.
Corequisite recommended: Art of Mediation and Negotiation (MED2107)