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 12 – 16, 2017


Journalism and Peacebuilding

Instructor: David Balzer


There is evidence on a daily basis of the power of media to fuel or mitigate conflict in our world.  This course will provide an overview of journalism theory, emphasizing its ideals and commitments.  Lynch and McGoldrick (2005) define peace journalism as “when editors and reporters make choices – of what to report, and how to report it – that create opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict.” A series of case studies will investigate theoretical models and strategies of peace journalism practice.  These case studies will constitute a primary feature of the course by offering interaction with working journalists and communication professionals who will elaborate and exemplify peace journalism, conflict-sensitive reporting, participatory journalism and related issues. 


Expressive Trauma Integration: Caregiving and Conflict Transformation*

Instructor: Odelya Gertel Kraybill
PCTS/PSYC–3950C and PCD–5190C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Graduate

This course examines the effects of trauma on individuals and communities and explores strategies for responding.  Through reading and discussion of theory, and experiencing expressive art exercises, participants will be introduced to various aspects of trauma and tools for breaking the cycle of trauma/injury/conflict.

Key topics will include the need to address root causes and to utilize methodologies that do not depend on long-term involvement of highly-specialized professionals; applying multi-disciplinary responses to trauma; and the unique benefits of the expressive arts in work with people exposed to trauma. Attention will be devoted to the care of caregivers exposed to traumatized persons for an extended period and as well as strategies for mitigating risk of secondary trauma through stress management and self-care. The course will utilize a deeply engaging blend of stories, creative arts, experiential learning, and lectures.  People interested in building their resiliency and learning to care for others who have experienced trauma are encouraged to participate.


Exploring the Refugee Challenge*

Instructor: Stephanie Phetsamay Stobbe
PCTS/POLS/IDS-3950C and PCD-5190C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Graduate

The UNHCR 2014 Global Trends Report states that there are 60 million forcibly displaced people worldwide due to war, conflict, and persecution; this is the greatest number since World War II. Over the last few years, countries have struggled with how to assist refugees and internally displaced people from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Colombia, Myanmar, and many others. This course explores the root causes of forcibly displaced people; the costs associated with such movements, including economic and mental health; and what resettlement agencies are doing to assist refugees. It focuses on issues and lessons learned from the experience of resettling and integrating refugees, utilizing Canada as a case study. The course includes guest speakers from government, NGOs, and former refugees.



SESSION II: June 19 – 23, 2017


Human Rights and Indigenous Legal Traditions*

Instructors: Val Napoleon and Hadley Friedland
PCTS/POLS/HIST–3950C and PCD-5190C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Graduate

This course will draw on indigenous stories to explore sources of Indigenous law and what its functions are, its legitimacy and authority, and how law changes over time. The course will include rigorous critical thinking about law that can support the building of non-colonial relationships among Indigenous peoples and between Indigenous peoples and Canada. All legal traditions, including indigenous legal traditions, are deeply rooted and comprise historically conditioned attitudes about a) the nature of law, b) the role of law in the society c) the proper organization and operation of legal orders, and d) about the ways law is or should be made, applied, studied, perfected, and taught. Indigenous peoples have many intellectual resources, legal and political, that are available to us from our own histories and societies and that are needed for reasoning through today’s complex struggles. It is integrally connected with how we imagine and manage ourselves both collectively and individually. In other words, law and all it entails is a fundamental aspect of being collectively and individually self-determining as peoples. Indigenous law is about building citizenship, responsibility and governance, challenging internal and external oppressions, safety and protection, lands and resources, and external political relations with other Indigenous peoples and the state. Indigenous legal traditions also contain conceptions of human rights, and procedural and substantive rights.


Gender and Violence: Theology and Peacebuilding*

Instructor: Carol Penner
BTS/PCTS–3895C and BTS/PCD-5700C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Graduate

This course will examine the task of peacebuilding from the perspective of feminist theology.  Feminist theologians deconstruct violence by identifying how gendered violence is experienced in different contexts and exploring the role Christianity has played in perpetuating that violence.  The course will ask how to construct theologies of peace that are good news for both women and men. Topics will be approached biographically, seeking to hear from a variety of voices and exploring a range of experiences and thought. As well, discussions will include: approaches to Anabaptist feminist theology, directions for the future, and implications for peacebuilding.


Practices for Transforming the Peacebuilder*sDSC_2329

Instructors: Ron Kraybill
PCTS/PSYC–3950C and PCD–5190C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Graduate

To an unusual degree, those involved in peacebuilding operate in environments that impose high stress on peacebuilders, physically, emotionally and spiritually. This often involves high levels of competition and conflict within and between peacebuilding organizations themselves. Given that little support is provided for meeting these stresses, peacebuilders need to equip themselves with strategies for personal growth and coping with stress.

This practical course will explore self-care and personal transformation of peaceworkers as a fundamental requirement of transformation of our world.   Major themes will include acknowledging stresses and distractions/temptations common in peacebuilding work; the development of disciplines for sustaining hope and vision; finding grounding in calling, vision, and faith as motivation for peacebuilding; and developing a repertoire of routines for self-care and personal transformation, including physical, mind-body, and spiritual disciplines. The course itself will consist of a blend of lecture, participatory group exercises, and practices of personal reflection.


Agroecological Peacebuilding: Becoming People of the Land 


Instructor: Cathy Campbell, Martin Entz and Kenton Lobe

Unfortunately, we've had to cancel this course for this year.  Please consider taking one of our other 2017 courses.


Peace Resources in Islam and Christianity*

Instructor: Mohammad Ali Shomali and Harry Huebner
PCTS/BTS-3950C and PCD-5590C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Graduate

This is a course on inter-religious dialogue. It is taught by two professors:  an Iranian Shia Muslim and a Canadian Mennonite Christian, who have collaborated over 10 years in giving expression to their respective faiths in the presence of scholars for the other religion. This course will examine the rich resources that each faith tradition offers on the important topics of peace and justice, focusing on both the practices and the theological resources that undergird these practices. We will discuss the history of how peace and justice are embodied within our respective communities as well as theological convictions like God, sin, redemption, forgiveness, mercy, war, and so on.  The course will include more than a presentation of ideas and beliefs. It will also seek to embody and model interfaith dialogue itself and invite class participants into a respectful process of engagement with difference. The course will bring into the class a small cohort of students (approximately 6-8) from the International Institute for Islamic Studies in Qom, Iran, several local Muslim students, and perhaps students from Hutterite communities in Manitoba. Others interested in participating in this course are welcome.  PCD Category: Theological and Religious Encounters with Peace-Justice.

To hear what past participants are saying about the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, take a look at this video:
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