In this class we will explore the basic elements of conflict resolution. We will learn and observe the differences between mediation, negotiation, and court processes. We will examine which behaviors escalate conflicts, and which ones build lasting foundations of peace. Incorporated into this class is a certified twenty-hour training in basic mediation skills, including active participation in role-plays. The training, if completed successfully, results in a certificate from the Bennington College Conflict Resolution Program. We will address throughout the class current conflicts around the world and how they are, are not, or might be resolved. Students will be expected to write several short response papers as well as a final project examining how other cultures approach conflict and the problems that occur when these different approaches confront one another. This class involves reading, discussion, training, research, and writing.
This course will be offered the first seven weeks of the term.