Comparative Politics, Education, and Conflict:
Spring 2014: Syllabus
Explores the politics of civil conflict, peace-building, and the role of education in promising violence or peace. Explores the role of external actors (international organizations, bilateral donors, non governmental organizations), local actors (civil society associations, nationalist and ideological state factions), and their influence on education systems during was and emerging peace. Readings and discussion will focus on humanitarian action, human rights and development, nationalism and ethnic conflict, the political economy of post-conflict education, and the politics of promoting education in early reconstruction and peace-building. Case studies will include Afghanistan, Colombia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, and West Bank/Gaze, but students will be encouraged to explore cases of their choosing.
International Peacebuilding and the Role of Education:
This course explores how state and nonstate actors pursue peace and security, and the role of education in this process. We explore international peacebuilding, including peacekeeping, institution building, and humanitarian aid. We examine how specific education initiatives such as peace education, education for democracy, Education for All, and citizenship education fit into these strategies. We also examine how education may be used to disrupt peacebuilding. Case studies may include Syria, Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, Guatemala, UAE, and the United States. Guest speakers will be invited from relevant organizations to speak about their responsibilities; students will prepare questions to interview the guests.
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