Teaching Peace and Conflict Studies

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Teaching Peace and Conflict Studies

Engaged Learning and Inclusive Theory

9781800885295 Edward Elgar Publishing
Susan F. Hirsch, Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Chair and Professor of Conflict Resolution and Anthropology and Agnieszka Paczyńska, Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, US
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80088 529 5 Extent: 250 pp
This insightful book guides instructors on how to introduce undergraduate and postgraduate students to the interdisciplinary work of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS). Mindful that many students come to PACS with a desire to create positive social change, Susan F. Hirsch and Agnieszka Paczyńska highlight engaged learning as a key method to PACS pedagogy and emphasise the need to teach theory with an inclusive and decolonialist approach. The book offers both new and experienced instructors concrete advice regarding structuring assignments, designing classroom-based engaged learning activities and highlighting reflective practice and ethics.

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This insightful book guides instructors on how to introduce students to the interdisciplinary work of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS). Mindful that many students come to PACS with a desire to create positive social change, Susan F. Hirsch and Agnieszka Paczyńska highlight engaged learning as a key method for PACS pedagogy and emphasise the need to teach theory with an inclusive and decolonialist approach. The book offers both new and experienced instructors of undergraduate and postgraduate students concrete advice regarding structuring assignments, designing classroom-based engaged learning activities and highlighting reflective practice and ethics.

Key Features:

• Focuses on delivering an engaged, inclusive and decolonialist PACS programme.
• Provides practical advice on how to design introductory and elective PACS courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
• Includes detailed instructions for developing and implementing in-class experiential learning exercises alongside tools for effectively assessing student learning.

Building instructors’ capacity to teach effectively and inclusively with the aim of practical post-course application, Teaching Peace and Conflict Studies will be an invaluable resource across peace and conflict studies, anthropology, sociology, history, political science, international relations, women’s studies, African American studies and global studies. It will also be essential reading for graduate students looking to move into teaching positions, as well as faculty, staff and students in graduate education schools.


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‘Making peace on the ground is challenging enough, however teaching how to make peace in the classroom is also challenging and requires different and certain mastery. Teaching Peace and Conflict Studies is a highly needed resource for everyone who plans to engage in peace education and conflict resolution not only at the university level but its lessons and recommendations on how to be an effective instructor/teacher are applicable to many other educational settings. The authors managed to tackle the core dilemmas that face instructors who always struggle to convey the complexity of peacemaking due to shifting context, ethical considerations, power dynamics, etc. The book offers guidelines and insightful frameworks on how to be an effective and ethical instructor of peace.’
– Mohammed Abu-Nimer, American University, DC, US

‘This volume provides a unique overview of key challenges and opportunities in teaching PACS at university level. It offers concrete examples of pedagogic approaches combined with honest appraisals of their respective virtues and limitations. This is all done within a clear value-base which should lie at the heart of PACS.’
– Omar Grech, University of Malta

‘This is a much-needed book for a growing and vibrant field. It is a magnificent example of reflective practice and draws on extensive classroom experience. The book is alert to the challenges of teaching sensitive topics, applied teaching, and of the need to address issues of diversity and inclusion. It is highly recommended.’
– Roger Mac Ginty, Durham University, UK
Contents
Contents: 1 Our approach to PACS teaching and learning 2 Designing introductory PACS courses 3 Designing advanced and elective PACS courses 4 Classroom-based engaged learning 5 Field-based experiential learning 6 PACS curriculum in context 7 Challenges in PACS pedagogy References Index
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