2019 Courses

All courses can be taken for training or for undergraduate credit. In addition, courses marked with an asterisk (*) can also be taken for graduate credit and can be used towards CMU's new MA in Peace and Collaborative Development (Click here for more information on the MA-PCD). Each CSOP course runs for 5 days, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM  Participants may apply for only one course each week and may apply for one week or for two weeks.

Session I:  June 10-14, 2019

Indigenous Perspectives on Salvation, Repentance, Peace, and Justice* –  Class full

Instructor: Ray Aldred
BTS/PCTS-3895C and BTS/PCD-5700C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

This course will examine theologies that have emerged from within the Indigenous community and which are rooted in Indigenous worldview, social engagement, and historical experience with Christian faith. Under the Canadian colonial enterprise, salvation for indigenous people was defined as becoming Western and civilized which meant repenting of indigenous identity, putting it off, and becoming Western, or enfranchised into Canadian society. The focus on Cree theology will provide opportunity to reinterpret conversion and repentance as turning to Christ by embracing a God-given indigenous identity as a true human being. This reinterpretation of repentance provides space for non-indigenous North Americans to embrace their own responsibility for reconciliation grounded in peace and justice. The format will include lecture, critical reading, case analysis, and class discussion.

Check out this video of Ray to get a sense of his approach and teaching style.

Peace Skills Practice

Instructors: Natasha Mohammed


Throughout this course, participants will examine a variety of approaches to dealing with conflict in diverse locations such as: first party conflicts (responding to your own conflicts), third party conflicts (helping others in conflict) and learning to recognize the cultural elements of conflict resolution (moving beyond your own culture). Participants will practice the role of the peacebuilder in situations when gossip, venting, and advice-seeking is being experienced.

This course is offered in partnership with Resolution Skills Centre (RSC) and Mediation Services and counts as 5 days of credit towards an RSC certificate.


Alternative Approaches to Monitoring and Evaluation CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT

Instructors: James Magnus-Johnston and Ray van der Zaag 

IDS/PCTS/BUSI-3950C and PCD-5910C 


Community-based initiatives in development, peacebuilding, and social innovation have questioned the appropriateness of mainstream monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approaches, which use logical frames and quantitation indicators to ensure accountability and assess impact.  Students will be introduced to a range of alternative approaches to M&E that emphasize relationships, complexity, learning and collaboration.  How do you know when your organization or program is making a difference? How do you maintain focus on the right priorities? We will explore outcome mapping, social frameworks, ethnographic and story-based approaches, as well as developmental and utilization-focused evaluation tools in case study context.  This course will encourage mutual learning among students on people-focused M&E rather than the development of skills in any single approach.



Making Music, War and Peace*


Instructor: Svanibor Pettan
PCTS/MUSC/SOCI-3950C and PCD-5190C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

This course will engage applied ethnomusicological research in regions having experienced armed violent conflict, examining what has been learned about music’s role in these contexts. Svanibor will utilize his context in south-east Europe and the music-making has been present during war- and peace-making in that region over the past 100 years. Detailed study will be made of two projects, focusing on Bosnian refugees in Norway and Romani (gypsy) musicians in Kosovo, and of the International Council for Traditional Music and its contribution to peace. Svanibor's film, Kosovo Through the Eyes of Local Romani (Gypsy) Musicians, will be presented, and serve as a basis for discussion of a follow-up study of the ethnomusicology of conflict and violence and the potential for other contexts.

This course is well suited to students, community organizers, musicians and researchers interested in the experiences of applied ethnomusicology for issues such as conflict and underprivileged social status of individuals and groups and the betterment of the current conditions. Participants will be asked to use case studies to create their own projects and research assignments.

Check out this video of Svanibor to get a sense of his approach and teaching style.


SESSION II: June 17-21, 2019

Building Change with Human-Centred Design*

Instructor: Roxy Allen Kioko
BUSI/PCTS/IDS-3950C and PCD-5390C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

In this hands-on, project-based course, students will master the 4-phase Human-Centred Design (HCD) process to create products, services, campaigns, businesses, and other innovative solutions to real-world social change challenges across sectors and fields. Generate revenue, co-create with multiple stakeholders, and design sustainable solutions for your community and workplace through the four steps of inspiration, ideation, prototyping, and implementation invented by IDEO and used at Stanford’s d.school (innovation hub).

In previous situations, HCD has been applied in a variety of programs, including: developing a text messaging service to help inner-city kids in the U.S. recover from trauma, designing mobile financial products to help victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, and in a prenatal program at a health clinic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo complete with a mapped-out identity and business model co-designed with local women.

Through short lectures and team-based work, participants will design a solution of their choosing that is immediately applicable to their work and interests. Come with a problem in mind or with your curiosity to learn and co-design in a team with your colleagues.

Justice, Peacebuilding and a Theology of Struggle*

Instructor: Dann Pantoja and Gordon Zerbe
BTS/PCTS-3895C and BTS/PCD-5700C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

This course will explore various peacebuilding and justice initiatives in the context of multiple layers of protracted armed conflicts. Based on the experiences of field practitioners in the Philippines, the role of religion and theology in the conflict arena and in peace and justice efforts will be explored—including Christian Filipino “theology of struggle,” Indigenous cultural/spiritual identity, and Islam-inspired theology of liberation, alongside interfaith dialogue. Implications for a broad range of contexts will be examined through case studies, small group discussions, and inputs.

Check out this video of Dann to get a sense of his approach and teaching style.
Check out this video of Gordon to get a sense of his approach and teaching style.

Trauma, Peace-building and Resilience – Level 1*

Instructors: Vicki Enns and Wendy Kroeker
PCTS/PSYC–3950C and PCD–5790C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

When individuals, families or communities have been impacted by trauma, there can be ongoing vulnerability and post-traumatic stress as well as opportunities for strength and post-traumatic resilience. This course provides a collaborative setting for participants to explore their own contexts for supporting others’ healing from trauma while presenting an approach that integrates the theoretical and practical.

This course is offered in partnership with the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) and counts as 2 days of credit towards CTRI's 10-day certificate programs in Crisis and Trauma Response or Mental Health Counselling Skills. www.ctrinstitute.com

Check out this video of Vicki to get a sense of her approach and teaching style.
Check out this video of Wendy to get a sense of her approach and teaching style.

Generous Dissent: Nonviolent Activism and Resistance*

Instructor: Emily Welty
PCTS 3950C and PCD-5190C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

Nonviolence is a commonly used term but what does it actually mean? Is nonviolence a tool for those who want to keep dissent polite or is it an approach requiring both courage and determination? Should nonviolence be adopted as a deep, moral principle or can it be treated as one among many strategies? This class explores the theory and practice of nonviolence as active tools for social change. Rather than just the absence of violence, nonviolence is both a theory grounded in scholarship as well as a set of practices that have been used by people around the world to challenge oppression and create democratic change. This class is an opportunity to explore both pragmatic and principled theories of nonviolence and to debate their relevance for us today, using case studies from India, Serbia, the U.S. civil rights movement, indigenous movements, and others. In the context of the classroom, participants will engage in lively discussions, experiment with role plays, watch short documentaries and welcome guest speakers who will bring the concepts of nonviolence to life.

Check out this video of Emily to get a sense of her approach and teaching style.

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