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PEAC 100: Peace Studies I is an interdisciplinary and values-based course that is the first of two introductory core courses in Peace Studies. Readings will include United Nations documents, as well as essays and excerpts from the writings of philosophers, anthropologists, psychologists, and peace researchers. Students will thus gain familiarity with literature addressing a broad range of past and current theories and discourse related to peace and conflict. Through their own reflection and working collaboratively in groups, students will have the opportunity to move from theory to practice in one of the most challenging issues of humanity’s collective experience: building cultures of peace.
Prerequisites: English 12 with a grade of "C" or better, or written permission of the Instructor and School Chair.
PEAC 101: Peace Studies II is the second of two introductory core courses in Peace Studies at Selkirk College. This course will focus on traditional and non-traditional approaches to Conflict Resolution. Students will be introduced to general principles and key concepts in arbitration, negotiation, mediation and nonviolent resistance; as well as alternative dispute resolution methods, such as Nonviolent Communication, Peacemaking Circles, Conflict Transformation, and Conflict Free Conflict Resolution. Students will practice identifying, analyzing, role playing, mapping, and peacefully resolving or transforming conflicts that range from the interpersonal to the international.
Prerequisites: English 12 with a grade of "C" or better, or written permission of the Instructor and School Chair. PEAC 100 recommended.
PEAC 201: From Water to Chocolate: Environment, Conflict and Justice is an examination of selected global political-ecological issues, including conflict minerals, child slavery, climate change, and water wars; as well as the power and potential of various pathways to peace, including nonviolent direct action, Indigenous solidarity, fair trade, international accompaniment, ecological restoration, and environmental peacebuilding.
Prerequisites: Second year standing or written permission of the Instructor and School Chair.
PEAC 202: Leadership for Peace: The Individual and Social Transformation begins with the understanding that leadership for peace is, at its foundations, leadership for human rights and social justice; and with the further insight that social transformation is always joined with inner transformation, to the individual who "can change the world". PEAC 202 examines leadership and peace in relation to issues of authority, power, legitimacy, and the will to truth, reconciliation, compassion, and healing. A significant part of this course is a service-learning assignment, to be determined by the student in conjunction with faculty.
Prerequisites: English 12 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better, or written permission of the Instructor and School Chair. Successful completion of or concurrent study in Peace Studies 100/101 strongly recommended.
PEAC 203: Introduction to Transformative Justice: Theory and Practice explores the theory and practice of transformative justice. Themes include retribution, punishment and deterrence; Indigenous approaches to justice; trauma and healing; shame and empathy; community, belonging, forgiveness, and reconciliation. These are explored at a variety of scales, from the interpersonal to the global, and in various contexts – from the Canadian criminal justice system to transitional justice following war, apartheid, or colonial subjugation. Students will gain familiarity with the applied practices of victim-offender mediation, family-group conferencing, peacemaking circles, and truth and reconciliation commissions; and also learn how restorative practices are being used in environmental contexts and in our schools.
Prerequisites: English 12 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better, or recommended PEAC 100 and 101.
The purpose of this course is for Peace Studies students to gain the opportunity to learn about peace, justice and related topics, from a global (including international and Canadian) and cross-cultural perspectives.
For example, as part of this course, students may participate in one of two international Peace Institutes (Mindanao Peace Building Institute in the Philippines and African Peace Building Institute in Zambia) with which Selkirk College has a partnership. While learning in a cross cultural setting, students will be expected to complete assignments from the organization with which they are studying, as well as additional assignments from their Selkirk College instructor.
It is expected that an international or global experience in an academic and practice setting will provide students with a transformative learning experience that will lead to a deeper understanding of building cultures of peace at the interpersonal, community and global levels.
Prerequisites: PEAC 100 or PEAC 101. Study proposal that is approved by instructor prior to commencement of course. PEAC 201 recommended.
PEAC 301: Directed Studies in Transformative Justice allows the student to focus on his or her own area of special interest within transformative justice. Following extensive readings supervised by the instructor, the student will develop a proposal for putting new expertise into practice.
Prerequisites: PEAC 203 or written permission of the Instructor and School Chair.
PEAC 303: Transformative Justice Practice is a sequel course to PEAC 301: Directed Studies in Transformative Justice. In this course, the student carries out the proposal developed in PEAC 301 by completing a 90-hour transformative justice practicum or project in the workplace, school or community. (Spring offering only)
This intensive week long course provides the student of transformative justice with practical skills in communication, mediation and conflict transformation. The format will be interactive – short lectures, discussions, case studies and role plays. The student will examine the concepts of power, culture, privilege in the context of communication, with a strong emphasis on listening skills.