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School of Peace Studies

Contact: Marisa Alioto
mnalioto@sandiego.edu
Phone: (619) 260-7929
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Location: KIPJ Room 113
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Academic Programs

Master's Courses and Workshops

Core Courses:  MA in Peacebuilding (1-year Program)

  1. Leadership and Organizations
  2. Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation
  3. Peace, Conflict and Development OR International Justice and Human Rights

Core Courses:  MA in Peace and Justice (2-year Program)

  1. Leadership and Organizations
  2. The International System
  3. Peace, Conflict and Development
  4. International Justice and Human Rights
  5. Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation
  6. Field-Based Course

Examples of Peace and Justice Studies Program Courses

Please note that courses below may not be offered every semester. 

PS 510 - Religion: Peacebuilding's Missing Dimension

PS 556 - International Negotiations

PS 572 - Environmental Justice

PS 580 - International Justice and Human Rights

PS 582 - Transitional Justice and Responding to Mass Atrocities

PS 588 - Human Rights Advocacy

PS 594 - Special Topics in Peace and Justice Studies

PS 595 - Peace and Justice Studies Capstone

PS 598 - Internship

PS 599 - Independent Study

PS 510 Religion:  Peacebuilding's Missing Dimension (3)

An exploration of the relationship between religion and the dynamics of conflict, focusing on the role of religion in conflict, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Selected religious traditions will be considered, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, giving attention to such topics as their impact on processes of conflict, their function in violence prevention, reconciliation, and social change, and their resources for promoting peace and justice as human development.

PS 556 International Negotiations (3)

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 including cross-cultural and cross-gender issues. Course participants from the Peace and Justice program will be integrated into the law school course which is composed of a mixture of U.S. law students and non-U.S. lawyers who are enrolled in USD's LLM-CL program.

PS 572 Environmental Justice (3)

Examination of environmental justice and its relationship to sustainability and the protection of the non-human world. Local, national, and global issues and cases will be considered. Multidisciplinary pedagogical approaches grounded by political and environmental philosophy will be used. Particular attention will be drawn to environmental, social, political, and economic inequalities, injustices and oppression based on differences of gender, race, ethnicity, class, national origin and species membership.

PS 580 International Justice and Human Rights (3)

An introduction both to the international law of human rights and to the principal institutions, organizations, and processes designed to protect those rights. Some attention will also be given to a few more "theoretical" issues, such as: What is the relationship between religion and human rights? Does the international law of human rights unjustifiably favor "western" over "non-western" moral perspectives?

PS 582 Transitional Justice and Responding to Mass Atrocities (3)

This course examines the range of possible legal, institutional, and policy frameworks that have been marshaled in an attempt to respond to large-scale human rights atrocities in the wake of conflict, from tribunals to truth commissions and beyond. It will also examine debates about stopping ongoing mass atrocities through "humanitarian intervention" and the "responsibility to protect" doctrine.

PS 588 Human Rights Advocacy (3)

An examination of the actors and organizations conducting modern-day human rights advocacy and the techniques central to their work, including fact-finding, monitoring, report writing, and media work. The course will balance practical skill development (interviewing, press release writing) with a critical and reflective examination of the ethical and strategic dilemmas faced by human rights advocates today.

PS 594 Special Topics in Peace and Justice Studies (1-3)

A specialized course focusing on a topic in conflict resolution, development, human rights or human security. The course can be repeated if the topic changes.

PS 595 Peace and Justice Studies Capstone (3)

A study of a current or developing problem threatening or preventing peace and/or justice. The case study will integrate skills and perspectives acquired in th program. Prerequisite for the course is approval of a case study prospectus. Students must achieve a B or higher to receive credit.

PS 598 Internship (3)

This course involves participation in an internship related to one of the four areas of specialization within the Peace and Justice Studies Master's curriculum: conflict analysis and resolution, development, human rights, or human security. Internship placements will take place during the summer for 10 weeks with a follow-up course in the fall semester. Prerequisite: Students must be in the Peace and Justice Studies master's program. Grading for the course is on a Pass/Fail basis.

PS 599 Independent Study (1-3)

An independent study project for up to three units provides students an opportunity to research a topic of particular interest to them relevant to Peace and Justice Studies. The faculty supervisor, program director, and dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies must approve the project proposal prior to the beginning of the relevant semester. The course may be repeated up to a maximum of 3 units. Prerequisite: Students must have completed at least one semester in the Peace and Justice Studies master's program.

Peace and Justice Program Workshops

Master's students also have the opportunity to take weekend workshops to enhance their skills.  Some examples include Project Management, Trauma Healing, Grant Writing, Restorative Justice, The Peacebuilder, Models for Leadership and Change, Management Principles for Social Impact Organizations and Interpersonal and Small Group Conflict Resolution.