Undergraduate Elective Courses

CR 303U Consensus Building (4)

This course explores the theories, approaches, and practical applications of consensus building. Comprehension of consensus building. Comprehension of consensus building organizational theory is applied through a variety of strategies, approaches, activities, and processes are contextualized through case-study literature and experiential learning assignments.

CR 304U Participating in Democracy (4)

This course is designed to explore the meaning of democracy by constructing the notion of "living democracy". The importance of participating in democracy and the impediments are explored. Historical and present examples will be used to illustrate forms, civic participation on the local, regional, national and international level. 

CR 305U Ecology of War & Peace (4)

Looks at environmental effects of waging and preparing to wage war, natural resource drivers to war, and what an ecology of peace would look like and what it would accomplish. Conceptually, what is more thorough and accurate cost-benefit analysis of methods of nation-state conflict management, using the US as the case example.

CR 306U Introduction to Nonviolence (4)

This course examines nonviolence from several perspectives, including units of philosophical and religious nonviolence, nonviolent communication, nonviolent response to personal attack, Gandhian nonviolence, Sharp strategic nonviolence, and the emergent field of nonviolent conflict forensics.

CR 399 Special Studies (1 to 5)

Credit to be arranged.

CR 405 Reading and Conference (1 to 12)

Credits to be arranged.

CR 407 Seminar (1 to 5)

Credits to be arranged.

CR 408 Workshop (1 to 12)

Credits to be arranged.

CR 410 Selected Topics (1 to 5) 

Credit to be arranged.

CR 416 Evil & Hate (4)

Explores the breakdown in dialogue surrounding the stereotyping and dehumanization of those who we view as "evil doers." Challenges unreflective use the terms, "hatred" and "evil" in political rhetoric, creating a dangerous "us and them" dichotomy, and making reconciliation across cultures and viewpoints nearly impossible. Also offered for graduate-level credit as CR 516 and may be taken only once for credit.

CR 419 Forgiveness & Atonement (4)

Explores both the theoretical and practical advantages and difficulties with forgiveness and atonment. Emphasis on how forgiveness and atonement inform conflict resolution practices. Also offered for graduate-level credit as CR 519 and may be taken only once for credit.

CR 420 Reconciliation Process (4)

Explores various dimensions involved in the process of reconciliation between individuals, groups and societies. Topics covered include the evolution of historical wounds, memory, accountability, acknowledgement, restitution, forgiveness and truth. Case studies provide a focal point for class discussions and analysis. Also offered for graduate level credit as CR 520 and may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisites: upper-division standing and CR 301.

CR 423 Dialogue & Conflict Resolution (4)

An exploration of the theory and practice of dialogue to address conflict. Dialogue includes intention, purpose, process dimensions and outcomes and is utilized in various dimensions of peace and conflict resolution efforts. Dialogue crosses disciplines, creating a common thread through the many dimensions of peace work. Also offered for graduate-level credit as CR 523 and may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

CR 428 Human Values in War and Peace: Value Dilemmas, Contradictions and Resolutions (4)

Critically reflects on how similarly or differently values and belief systems function under conditions of war and peace. Explores value conflicts and possible resolutions, as well as how different approaches to values may be conducive to violent conflict or to empowering peace on the international stage. Also offered for graduate-level credit as CR 528 and may be take only once for credit. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

CR 429 European Union as  Peacebuilding System (4)

Interdisciplinary focus on the European Union as an inter-and trans-national system of conflict resolution and peace building. Examined by contrasting the nationalist conflicts of old Europe to post-war efforts in building a system of peace and security that transcends belligerent ethnocentric nationalism. Also offered for graduate-level credit as CR 529 and may be take only once for credit. Prerequistie: Upper-division standing.

CR 439 Family Mediation (2)

In cases of divorce and custody Oregon State Law encourages/mandates the use of mediation. Particular concerns around power balancing, domestive violence, child-focused parenting, and other family issues will be explored. Specific training and ethical standards will be evaluated in relationships to the general practice of mediation. Also offered for graduate-level credit as CR 539 and may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

CR 440 Peer Mediation (2)

Overview of programs in the schools where youth serve as mediators to resolve conflict between other students. Focus will be on successes and challenges as well as other approaches schools undertake to respond to student conflict. Opportunity to practice conflict resolution skills and analyze conflict dynamics of race and opression. Also offered for graduate-level credit as CR 540 and may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

CR 441 Storytelling and Conflict Resolution (4)

Storytelling plays a role in limiting, creating and sustaining creative conflict resolution. Critical thinking and deliberate analysis, used to deconstruct the grand narratives of dominant discourse, explore counter narratives emerging from the margins, and examine how resolution-and social change-has surfaced as a result. Also offered for graduate-level credit as CR 542 and may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

CR 442 Peace Education (4)

A theoretical and practical introduction to the field of Peace Education.  Explores the philosophical, cultural, pedagogical and curricular elements of Peace Education. Develops understanding of the theory and practice of effective conflict resolution education.  Also offered for graduate-level credit as CR 543 and may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

CR 443 Nationalism & Democracy in a Post-9/11 World (4)

Examines the rise of American nationalism in the aftermath of 9/11 and its impact on Americas relationship to the world. From a peace and conflict studies perspective, the narrative of American nationalism is investigated in contrast to the narrative of American democracy, examining implications for war and peace. Also offered for graduate-level credit as CR 543 and may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

CR 444 Neighbors & Enemies: Cyprus (4)

Focuses on the protracted ethno-nationalist conflict in Cyprus and Greek-Turkish relations. The Cyprus problem is investigated as a case study in nationalist conflict in the context of domestive, regional, and international conflicts dynamics. Trends towards conflict descalation and reconciliation in the context of the EU are alos studied. Also offered for graduate-level credit as CR 544 and may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.