MS in Conflict Management and Resolution

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The MS-CMR is an interdisciplinary program.  Given its condensed nature, courses are carefully selected and sequenced.  Courses are designed to build upon one another, with content and expectations compounding with each term.  The courses for the MS-CMR fall into four categories:

1. Theory & Analysis

2. Practice & Professional Development

3. Workshops

4. Electives

Theory & Analysis (core courses), six units: Accurately diagnosing causes and drivers of conflict is essential to conflict management and resolution.  What initiates a conflict, what escalates it, who is involved, and how it changes over time are all fundamental questions to be addressed in the theory and analysis courses.  Students will learn the theoretical foundations of conflict studies and conflict cycles related to intergroup and large-scale conflicts.  Courses will explore the academic literature on sources, drivers and dynamics of conflict and how to conduct stakeholder/systems mapping. This portion of the program serves to provide students with the “context” for conflicts, the “actors, processes, scales, and regions that inform, qualify, and enrich theory with specific causal mechanisms – the Whos, Wheres, and Hows”.

Course Number & Title

PJS 550 | CONFLICT ANALYSIS AND RESOLUTION -REQUIRED

Course Description

This course covers conflict causes and dynamics; applied conflict analysis; and key methods for conflict resolution. 

Credits 3

Course Number & Title

PJS 553 | STRATEGIES FOR CONFLICT PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION – REQUIRED

Course Description

This course examines the existing tool kit for conflict prevention and intervention in order to assess what strategies are most effective.    

Credits  3

Practice & Professional Development courses, 12 units: The MS-CMR is an applied program focused on building capabilities in conflict management and resolution.  The majority of the coursework required for the degree is thus in the “Practice & Professional Development” component. The courses introduce students to methods of conflict resolution and capabilities for managing conflict, while giving them opportunities to apply them. Practice & Professional Development includes two core courses: 1.) Mediation; 2) Negotiation, because they represent the two primary methods of conflict resolution accepted in the field.  Students are also required to select six units of practice-based elective courses from a pre-approved list in line with their own areas of professional interest.  These courses meet required practice standards, including simulations, mock-mediations/negotiations, organizational facilitation, etc.

Course Number & Title

PJS 556 | INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS - REQUIRED

Course Description

This is an analytical and skills training course offering advanced training in the theory and practice of negotiations.  Simulated negotiations of increasing complexity are carried on both inside and outside the classroom.  In the course, students are introduced to various negotiation contexts.

Credits 3

Course Number & Title

PJS 576 | MEDIATION - REQUIRED

Course Description

This course will focus on skill-building in mediation.  Students will learn and practice a variety of tools and methods of mediating disputes.  Students will have out-of-class practice in mediation, in addition to simulations. 

Credits  3

Course Number & Title

PJS 596 | INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONAL PROJECT (IPP) - REQUIRED

Course Description

In this course, students will determine a specialization or topic as the focus of their cumulative professional project.  They will complete in-person classes with faculty guidance and build a professional portfolio/project/report that represents their knowledge and skills.

Credits 3

Course Number & Title

PJS *** | FACILITATION AND DIALOGUE PROCESSES

Course Description

As a key tool in conflict management and resolution, this course on facilitation will prepare students to work with individuals/groups/organizations to engender effective communication and dialogue.    

Credits 3

Course Number & Title

PJS *** COLLABORATION PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

Course Description

This course examines the theory and practice of collaboration. Collaborative approaches assume that many modern problems are complex, multi-jurisdictional, dynamic and dispersed. They require a wide range of expertise to understand the problem, and a wider range of stakeholder and public support to develop and implement solutions. Topics including convening groups; policy and social networks; coordination roles.

Credits 1

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PJS *** | FIELD-BASED COURSE

Course Description

Field based courses provide students with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of real-world conflict issues in indigenous settings.  Students will explore issues ranging from foundations of intercultural conflict to post-conflict reconstruction. 

Credits 3

Course Number & Title PJS *** | ADVOCACY

Course Description

The course will balance practical skill development (interviewing, press release writing) with a critical examination of the ethical implications of and challenges to advocacy at the national and trans-national levels.

Credits 3

Workshops, three units: in addition to practice courses that prepare students for their professional journey, students are also required to take three workshops.  These workshops are skills-based and designed to meet a specific learning outcome. 

Course Number & Title

PJS*** | INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCY

Course Description

Workshop will focus on building an awareness of cultural differences, cultural biases, and cultural adaptation.  Students will develop cultural sensitivity that encompasses verbal, physical, and emotional differences in cultural expression.

Credits 1

Course Number & Title

PJS 494 |I THE PEACEBUILDER -

Course Description

The workshop involves building capabilities for inflection and self-awareness, allowing students to build resilience as they explore the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of the field.

Credits 1

Course Number & Title

PJS*** | FACILITATED DIALOGUE

Course Description

TBD

Credits 1

Elective courses (pre-approved), nine credits: Student electives outside of the practice & professional development areas are pre-approved by the Program Advisor and come from within the Kroc School as well as other disciplines.  These courses allow students to explore, in-depth, particular areas of conflict including ethnic, environmental, trans-border and interreligious conflict.

Program Culmination: Students will be required to complete an individual professional project (IPP) prior to graduation.  The IPP will serve as the major output of the program—demonstrating the students’ application of program learning objectives to a project of their own choosing.  The IPP is developed over the entire program as part of a three-credit class. At the start of the MS program, students will begin to work with faculty to develop their project and determine courses/topics that will support their end product.  Students will determine their topic based on professional/academic interests and professional experience, e.g. trans-border conflict, human rights advocacy, environmental conflict, etc. 

 

*See attached proposal