PAX 635 Global Challenges, Local Struggles, and Transnational Solidarities (6 SH)
*Please note that for the 2021-22 year academic year, PAX 635 plus a 3 credit hour course from an approved list will satisfy the PAX 634 Foundations 2 requirement.
This course focuses on social and global processes of transformation, local experiences and expressions, and transnational solidarities that emerge in response to these challenges. It will be concerned with institutions, relations of power, and the relationship between power and the production of justice and peacebuilding theories and practices. It will pick up where Foundations 1 left off, aiming to add to students’ comprehensive overview of justice and peacebuilding practice and its multi-disciplinary, multi-level aspects.
Action and struggle for justice and peacebuilding are always found in peoples’ local experiences, but to gain understanding in order to effect change, we have to explore their global features. To do this we will examine the intersections and overlaps among the local and the global, including the transnational solidarities that connect local struggles around the world. Students will become familiar with theories and frameworks that help explain the causes and dynamics of larger-scale conflicts, injustice, and structural violence. Students will also continue to develop their self-awareness as well as their capacity for professional judgment and reflective practice with attention to vocation, values, ethics, faith and spirituality.
Please note: for the 2021-22 year academic year, PAX 635 plus a 3 credit hour course from an approved list will satisfy the PAX 634 Foundations 2 requirement.
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