All courses can be taken for training or for undergraduate credit. In addition, The Justice of God: Questions of Justice in the Bible and the World and Human Rights and Peace 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, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Participants may apply for only one course each week and may apply for one week or for two weeks.
The syllabi for most courses are posted below. They are all DRAFT syllabi. We do not expect major changes to the syllabi, but changes are possible. We will add the remaining syllabi as they become available. We hope to have the final syllabi posted early in March.
Women and Peacebuilding
Instructors: Ouyporn Khuankaew and Ginger Norwood
Syllabus – Women and Peacebuilding
What contributions have women made to peacebuilding? What challenges do women activists face? What changes are needed from men to strengthen women’s voices? How can feminism, nonviolence and spirituality help shape peace activists? Ouyporn Khuankaew and Ginger Norwood will draw on their Engaged Buddhists roots and their work in Burma, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand as they work with participants to analyze women’s involvement in peace action, research and education.
Youth Voices and Peace Activism
Instructors: Richard McCutcheon and Brigette DePape
Syllabus – Youth Voices & Peace Activism
What role do youth play in shaping movements for peace and social change? What should we be learning from experiences like Idle No More, Arab Spring, Occupy Movement, WTO protests, and PowerShift Canada? Come for an intergenerational conversation on the role of youth in peace movements. Learn activist skills like storytelling, media, and creative nonviolent direct action.
Human Rights and Peace
Human rights concepts and practices have the potential to contribute to peace. This course will examine how this potential is helped and impeded by governments, the UN, NGO’s, religious groups, corporations, and activists. The course will also explore the ways international and regional human rights mechanisms work in practice and the use of these norms to legitimize armed conflict.
SESSION II: June 22 – 26, 2015
Train the Trainer: Working for Conflict Transformation
Instructor: Karen Ridd
Syllabus – Train the Trainer
This course is one of the most requested courses in the history of the CSOP and is designed to help participants bring about social change and improve their classroom teaching. this interactive course will help participants create and implement interactive learning tools, increase their “menu” of training tools, hone their ability to facilitate discussions, enhance learning, and improve group dynamics.
Friendship and Peace: The Blackfoot Way
Instructor: Leroy Little Bear
Syllabus – Friendship and Peace
This course offers the opportunity to explore indigenous approaches to peace, justice, and friendship through the Blackfoot worldview, including the notions of constant flux, the relatedness of everything, and the relationship to land. Leroy Little Bear will use a Blackfoot approach to dialogue on these issues.
The Justice of God: Questions of Justice in the Bible and the World
Why is it easier to recognize injustice than justice? Does justice need to be violent? Can a compassionate and restorative justice serve the world? What do Christians have to contribute to this discussion? How can biblical teachings on the character of justice and the justice of God infuse this conversation? Christopher Marshall will join us from New Zealand to explore these questions.
Instructor: Daniel Christie
Syllabus – Peace Psychology
Peace psychology is an emerging field of theories and practice which promotes harmony and equity in relationships and systems. This course offers the chance to examine patterns of thoughts, feelings, and actions that can help transform conflict and prevent violence as well as grapple with problems of structural violence. In this course, Daniel Christie will use a participatory approach that draws on the principles of harmony and equity in human relations.