ALA 228: Intergroup Conflict and Co-existence


Conflict is an inherent part of human nature, individual relationships and thus society. However, there are important, successful, and often underreported examples of coalition building and coexistence between groups that historically have been in conflict. This course will examine examples of social conflict based on religion, ethnicity and culture. The course will provide an overview of interdisciplinary theories that help to understand the nature of such conflict (gender, social identity, limited resources, psychological, neurological, communication, anthropological, political science, sociological), and will then review current coalition building and coexistence work among various religious, ethnic, and cultural groups. Conflict as a constructive tool for social change will be analyzed, and important examples of peace and coexistence work in higher education, community programs and NGOs will be examined (i.e. Oasis of Peace, Slifka Program, UN Difficult Dialogues, Peace Studies Program, etc.). Experiential activities will enhance learning about intergroup conflict and coexistence work. 

Intended audience

For students who can attend during the scheduled class time to participate in class discussions and activities. 


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