Peace and Conflict Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies


Peace and conflict studies is a dynamic, and multifaceted undergraduate program that enables students to explore their diverse interests in peace and justice. Peace and Conflict Studies is highly interdisciplinary and students really value the way in which our program enables them to tailor a course of study that is current, that is contemporary, that is relevant. I love taking PACS because of the interdisciplinary approach and the diversity of opinions within how to solve conflict. The program itself is great because the profs are approachable, they are invested in students, they are often willing to give you further resources based on interest and meet with you outside of class time. We don’t only have lecturers that are academics, we also have lecturers that have been working in the field for so long. So what I really like about it is I could apply what I’m learning in class into my day-to-day interactions. Peace and Conflict studies, the undergraduate program gives you a taste of a lot of different things and I want to delve further into it. For first year students, you can apply for the Living Learning Program at Conrad Grebel University College. The PACS Living Learning Community is a group of first year students who live together in residence and are all able to take PACS courses together. For me being a part of the PACS Living Learning community was was really good because I was able to meet people in my program and get to know them it meant that I got to go to class with people that I knew and also have study sessions with a group of friends. PACS students can also choose to do an intership, locally or abroad. This gives students a chance to apply what they learn in class to a real-world organization. I did my placement in Bondo, Kenya. My placement was at a community development program so where there was a clinic, there was schools, there were early childhood education centers. there was a biofuel initiative. so there were a lot of different things going on and I kind of put my foot into everything. It was a really great way to gain experience, also getting credit for school, and just exploring the world around you. PACS is a diverse and flexible program that lets you decide your own academic path that takes shape in any of our four streams: Development, Human Rights, and Social Justice Applied Conflict Resolution Violence and Non-Violence and Religion and Culture. These streams are made up of core courses that students take throughout their four years. In the fourth year, you will have a chance to work on a capstone project that really reflects your area of interest. I decided to write my paper about how American’s perceptions of refugees change after incidents of violent terrorist acts. I looked at corportate social responsibility, so when businesses worry about more than their bottom line. I decided to do my research paper on restorative justice disciplines in schools The way we deal with misbehaviour in school isn’t really effective. Students leave the PACS program with a diverse array of skills and career paths. Our alumni have moved on to law school, medical school, some have worked with government, and others with NGOs that are engaged with development, economics, and health. From the diverse areas we’ve seen our alumni move into we recognize that peace really is everybody’s business, and that idea is a fundamental principle of our program.

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