Graduate Core Courses

This description refers to the PSU Bulletin through 2018-2019.

The Graduate Conflict Resolution program includes eight core courses. Students entering this program are expected to develop an understanding and appreciation of the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological breadth of the field and to develop expertise in the pursuit of their own particular interests in the study of conflict resolution.


Core Courses for MA and MS Graduate Program


CR 511 Research Methods in Conflict Resolution (4)
Introduction to academic research and specifically research within the interdisciplinary field of Conflict Resolution. Student will develop literacy in reading and understanding research, and will gain experience collecting and evaluating data. Prerequisites: CR 512 

CR 512 Perspectives in Conflict Resolution (4)
From a broad interdisciplinary perspective, the course will examine central historical, socio-political and cultural phenomena bearing on peace and conflict in the modern world. The causes of war and the challenges of peace will be examined from multiple vantage points and theoretical approaches. The course will also explore relevant, up-to-date theories of war and peace as well as tested and evolving peace strategies relevant to the challenges of today’s world.  

CR 513 Philosophy of Conflict Resolution (4)
Introduction to the insights philosophy offers to the field of conflict resolution. The course will also explore the impact that conflict resolution practice may have on philosophical theory. Additionally, ethical issues that arise during conflict resolution work will be carefully considered.

CR 515 Negotiation and Mediation (4)
Introduction to collaborative approaches to responding to conflict. A theoretical framework will be established for using negotiation and mediation in a variety of settings. Students will learn how to function as a neutral third party focusing on: conflict analysis, communication skills, maintaining a neutral role, creating a safe environment, and ensuring procedural, substantive and psychological satisfaction. Ethical issues and concerns in the field of mediation will be presented.

CR 518 Psychology of Conflict Resolution (4)
Introduction to the psychological research and insights that illuminate conflict resolution theory and practice. A dual focus on both methods and investigations will be maintained throughout the curriculum.

CR 522 Thesis/Project Preparation Seminar (1)
Introduction to a variety of approaches to thesis writing and research. Students examine completed master's degree theses in conflict resolution. Prerequisite: one year completed in the master's degree program.

CR 524 Advanced Mediation (4)
Focus on the qualities of the practitioner that enhance the practice of mediation. The practice of mediation involves a particular kind of presence, that of a non-judgmental observer. To maintain such a presence while in the midst of emotions, intense interactions, hostility, and conflict requires much clarity, steadiness, and stability. Students will learn ways to achieve these qualities through the cultivation of mindfulness. Prerequisites: CR 515.

CR 526 Intercultural Conflict Resolution (4)
Explores the ways in which cultural similarities or difference might influence the conflict resolution process. In this context, culture is defined broadly and will be considered as it plays a part in either the actuality or perceptions of our experience. In addition, issues of power and marginality, as they relate to dynamics of culture, will be explored. Students explore and learn from other cultures and apply this learning in the evaluation and use of conflict resolution paradigms.

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