2014 Courses

All courses can be taken for training or for undergraduate credit. Two courses,  Food, Farming and Faith and De-Colonial Theology can also be taken for graduate credit.  All courses run 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.


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Peace Skills Practice

Syllabus – PCTS-BUSI-2190 Peace Skills Practice

Instructors: Natasha Mohammed
*Marius Brand had been scheduled to co-teach this course but has had to withdraw for personal reasons.  The full course will be taught by Natasha Mohammed.

The skills and habits of the peacebuilder can be learned.  Throughout this course participants will learn a variety of approaches to dealing with conflict in diverse situations such as: first party conflicts (responding one’s own conflicts), third party to conflicts (helping others in conflicts) and learning to recognize the cultural elements of conflict resolution (moving beyond your own culture).   Participants will practice the roles of the peacebuilder in a variety of situations.


Exploring Indigenous Justice and Healing

Syllabus – PCTS-POLS-2950 Exploring Indigenous Justice and Healing

Instructor: Rupert Ross

What might those interested in restorative justice learn by exploring indigenous approaches to justice and healing?  Such approaches to justice focus on issues typically out-of-focus within more Western approaches: our four human dimensions, our embeddedness within creation, and our responsibility towards every part of it.


Food, Farming and Faith: Living in God’s Creation

Undergrad Syllabus – PCTS-BTS-3950 Food, Farming and Faith: Living in God’s Creation

Graduate Syllabus – BTS-5990C Food Farming and Faith: Living in God’s Creation

Instructor: Norman Wirzba

PCTS/BTS–3950/3 and BTS–5990C/3

Food production and eating practices can be a witness to faithful living in the world.  As such, what does it mean to name and narrate the  world as God’s creation rather than as “nature” or “environment”?  What are the practical and moral implications that follow from this  teaching?  How can eating be a vital part of the work of reconciliation and peace-making?  In this course, Norman Wirzba will explore these and other dimensions of eating in a Christian, theological light.


SESSION II: June 23 – 27, 2014



Restorative Justice with Youth and Schools

Syllabus – PCTS-3950 Restorative Justice with Youth and Schools

Instructors: Alana Abramson* and John R. Wiens
*Catherine Bargen had been scheduled to co-teach this course but has had to withdraw for personal reasons.  Alana Abramson will co-teach the course with John R. Wiens. 

What is restorative justice?  How do you use it with youth and in schools? This interactive course will explore  these questions, focusing on the types of partnerships and the cultural shift required to implement  restorative justice in schools.  Participants will learn how to use effective dialogue-based processes with youth in a variety of settings.



Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

Syllabus – PSYC-PCTS-2950 Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

Instructor: Elaine Zook Barge

Unhealed trauma often leads to violence which begets more violence as victims act out against others or become self-destructive.  Trauma affects how individuals and groups think, feel, and behave as well as how societies are organized. Created to help people who work with  individuals, groups, or communities suffering from current or historic trauma, this course presents – in both theory and practice – an  integrated approach to understanding the trauma, conflict, and violence caused by nature, human beings, and/or structural systems.  This is a Level 1 STAR: Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience course.


De-Colonial Theology: Thought and Practice

Undergrad Syllabus – PCTS-BTS-3950 De-Colonial Theology: Thought & Practice

Graduate Syllabus – BTS-5990C De-Colonial Theology: Thought & Practice

Instructor: Terry LeBlanc


PCTS/BTS–3950/3 and BTS–5990C/3

Colonial imprints lie heavy on Indigenous “Christian” praxis and theology in North America. These imprints are a result of theologies  constructed within specific philosophical and biblical frameworks historic to European, Christian faith.  In this course, using several  Indigenous teaching paradigms, Terry LeBlanc will examine these philosophical and biblical foundations, asking whether a different  Indigenous theology and praxis of faith in the person, work, life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus might emerge if other  foundations were to be set in place.


Arts Approaches to Community-Based Peacebuilding

Syllabus – PCTS-2950 Arts Approaches to Community-Based Peacebuilding

Instructor: Babu Ayindo

Using storytelling, handwork, image theater, visual arts, dance, forum-theater and photography, the course will demonstrate the  transformative potential of arts-based approaches to peace work and will examine how the arts can, and should, be applied to deepen analysis, unlock imagination, and generate creative peace initiatives in various contexts.  Drawing from arts-based case studies found in diverse settings, participants will propose and develop their own arts-based projects that they can apply in their own contexts.


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