Summary: This course focuses on the emerging interdisciplinary field of environmental peacemaking and identifies ways that the environment provides opportunities for building bridges of collaboration between conflicting parties.
Topics Covered: The course examines interactions of violence, conflict, peace, security, and the natural environment. Some of the specific topics covered include: power, the environment and conflict or cooperation; regional environmental cooperation and peacemaking; conflict prevention, gender, security and justice; environmental peacebuilding; climate change and security; war economics and conflict transformation; peace parks; culture, livelihoods, and environmental conflict decision making; greening peace interventions; and assessing peace and conflict impacts.
Methodology: This is a graduate seminar style course in which students will be required to read extensively and actively engage with course materials and with their peers. Students are required to complete presentations on relevant topics, such as an analysis of regional cooperation or on gender and environmental justice. Students will also submit a research proposal that is relevant to the field of environmental peacebuilding and will create a theoretical paper describing the framework of their proposal. Students will also complete a final research paper which will synthesize many of the learning objectives of the course and present a case study with a theoretical base relevant to environmental peacebuilding.