Social Science

Peace & Conflict Studies


Photo of rubble in Syria


This class explores the multi-faceted causes of military conflict and the barriers to reaching peaceful outcomes through diplomacy. We will study the science of conflict in a general sense and through detailed case studies of some of the most persistent and tragic conflicts of our day, including Syria, Israel and Palestine, Ukraine, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The course uses a multi-disciplinary approach that includes mathematics, psychology, biology, history and international relations. This broad approach will allow students to fully appreciate the challenges to ending human conflict but will also equip them with insights on how to design realistic and effective solutions. PS 387 fulfills the J-tag requirement.

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PS 387 • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-1:50 pm