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Negotiation is the bedrock skill in the conflict resolution field. The course addresses the development of negotiation techniques and fosters student knowledge of the substantial body of negotiation theory that is now available.
Advanced Intervention: 3rd Party Interventions
A range of interventions can be used to try to de-escalate, manage, and resolve conflict, and to try to heal relationships and address structural problems that make ongoing conflict more destructive. In addition to individual/internal strategies like meditation and direct bilateral strategies like negotiation, many of the approaches in the conflict resolution field involve skilled third parties assisting those in conflict. This class surveys a range of third-party interventions, from arbitration and ombuds work to mediation, dialogue, and circle processes, among others. It explores the underlying logic and theories of change beneath the various third-party interventions as well as foundational questions of neutrality and positionality, and develops cross-cutting skills like conflict analysis, effective communication, and evaluation. It introduces how various interventions work in practice, and offers opportunities to explore cases, hear directly from practitioners, and practice through exercises and simulations in order to expose students to the strengths and drawbacks of different interventions for various contexts and types of conflict.
Advanced Intervention: Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution
This course focuses on restorative justice theory and practice from multiple lenses. The first section of the course focuses on theoretical and historical background about restorative justice as an alternative to retributive, or punitive justice, within a traditional legal framework. We will also explore restorative justice within a transitional justice framework, analyzing holistic justice in cases of conflict characterized by mass atrocities and gross violations of human rights. The second section of the course engages several case examples from the U.S. justice system and from international conflict situations, where different restorative justice efforts have been implemented. Students will explore their outcomes and evaluate their effectiveness. The third section of the course is dedicated to student development of central skills and knowledge of restorative justice in practice. Lastly, we will interrogate restorative justice models, and look at the emergence of transformative justice and other new concepts.
Advanced Negotiation and Mediation: Topic Immigration
This course explores the conflicts that emerge as a result of intergroup encounters when people move to a new host country, whether they are migrating in search of economic opportunity or fleeing violence and oppression. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course examines the push and pull factors driving migration, as well as the economic and identity factors that explain host-country receptivity or exclusion. It delves into psychological theories of intergroup prejudice, identity formation, and ethnocentrism; sociological theories of networks, assimilation, and group threat, and political explanations of citizenship, political discourse, power, and international institutions to influence migration and refugee policy. The course examines different approaches to addressing conflict between immigrants and the host population, including interpersonal approaches like dialogue, training, trauma awareness, and cross-cultural mediation, as well as system-level approaches like advocacy, human rights accompaniment, networked peacebuilding, public policy, and strategic nonviolent tactics. Drawing concrete case studies from a range of contexts, the course will include in-depth case studies of migrant mobilization and conflicts over immigration policy in the United States, protection and peacebuilding between Colombian refugees and their Ecuadorian host population, and race in Haiti-Dominican Republic, among other cases.
6 credit Court Mediation Internship / Mediation Certification
Students mediate cases, under close faculty supervision, in one of the small claims courts in Greater Boston. Each day of mediation is followed by a debriefing session with the supervisor. A mediation seminar is part of the internship. The seminar enables students to compare mediating experiences, focus on particular problem areas encountered by mediators, and re-examine theoretical concepts.You must have some level of negotiation experience to take this class.
Course involves both a regular class meeting on a pre-set number of Thursdays and spending one half-day per week in court, with an on-site supervisor/coach, for 4 full months. There is also a required 2-day pre-court training workshop. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. If more than 10 students request permission to enroll we will hold a lottery to determine who is able to enroll this term. Those students not chosen will be given priority placement for next semester. Students are placed in District Courts in Quincy and Dorchester. All of the courts are accessible by public transportation. If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Health and Development
The course examines the evolution, key concepts and practice of global health as an emergent field. It is concerned with engaging and exploring the dominant themes, key relationships, and central questions that radiate from the trans-disciplinary field of global health. The aim is for students to critically engage the global public health questions and concerns introduced in the course. Students will apply analytical thinking skills to understand a range of global public health and development problems and trends, implications, and responses.
International Political Economy
The course engages students in a study of the relationship between economics and politics in global affairs, applying interdisciplinary scholarship to explore the problem of scarcity and the development and functioning of international markets. Topics may include the behavior of institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization; non-governmental organizations such as multinational corporations, local business partnerships, and workers unions; and other political entities situated at the domestic, national, regional, and global levels.
Special Topics in IR: Security & Conflict in Africa
This course offers valuable insight into the nature of Africa’s security Landscape. It focuses on the contemporary security trends and challenges African states face, giving perspective on the interrelated nature of the drivers of conflict. It will touch on violent extremism, citizen and community security, riots, protests, and civil war among other key areas. Through case studies, class discussions, presentations and research, students will critically assess strategic responses to Africa’s security challenges. They will examine the state, continental, international and organizational policy responses to conflict by many sources. This course is useful for studies and the work of professionals on policy and programs related to Africa. They will better understand the key responses to these challenges faced by Africans and the role of their external security partners and the international system.