INT-4730 Topical Seminar: Peace and War

3 credits

Prerequisite: Upper-division status, and completion of parts I and II of the General Education Core Curriculum (GECC).

An interdisciplinary inquiry into the roots of violence and nonviolence, this course will make use of historical, psychological, biological, and spiritual perspectives. Many of the questions we will address will have individual as well as societal and cultural resonance. Among them are: Why have wars been so prevalent and powerfully appealing in human history? Is peace just the absence of war or is it something more? What are the cognitive and emotional foundations for the expression of peace and harmony as compared with conflict? Specific areas of focus will include World War I, Gandhi in South Africa and India, and World War II. Meets Part III of the GECC.