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Peace and Conflict Studies

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Peace and Conflict Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) is an interdisciplinary program of study with a well-developed theoretical and research base that drives its practical and applied components. The PACS program at UFV focuses on conflict at the personal, communal, national, and international levels with the intent of having students develop their own viable prospects for peacebuilding in these troubled contexts.

The program incorporates development of a diverse set of skills, such as conflict analysis, conflict transformation, interpersonal skills, compassion, sensitivity, confrontation, consensus building, intercultural communication, and strategies for reconciliation.

In addition to studying in classroom settings the factors that contribute to conflicts, students will acquire hands-on experience in conflict transformation and reconciliatory work that builds peaceful relationships in their own lives, in their communities, and in the broader world.

The PACS major and minor are available within the Bachelor of Arts. Please refer to the Bachelor of Arts section for information on entrance requirements.

Peace and Conflict Studies major

This section specifies the major discipline requirements only. Information on additional Bachelor of Arts requirements begins in this section.

Please check the Bachelor of Arts residency section of the calendar for how many upper-level credits must be completed at UFV in order to graduate with this program.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. PACS major students are also required to take three short courses offered by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Centre for Conflict Resolution. These are CRES 1100 (21 hours), CRES 1472 (14 hours), and CRES 1473 (14 hours). Students should be aware that additional fees will apply for these courses. Students will receive UFV transfer credit for these courses.

Program requirements

Students can declare a Peace and Conflict Studies major after completion of at least 30 university-level credits, with a minimum of 2.00 CGPA on all credits attempted, and a minimum grade of C in both PACS 100 and PACS 200.

To complete the PACS major, students will need to satisfy the following requirements which must include 30 upper-level credits.

Introduction and Foundation

Course Title Credits
PACS 100 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies 3
PACS 200 Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding in the Fraser Valley 3
HSER 120 Introduction to Interpersonal Communications 3
or CMNS 180 Introduction to Intercultural Communication  
GEOG 346 Geography of Religion 4
PACS 310 Conflict Transformation 3
JIBC courses: (see Note)  
CRES 1100 Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution (21 hours)  
CRES 1472 Balancing Empathy and Assertion (14 hours)  
CRES 1473 Managing the Conflict Within (14 hours)  

Note: Students will be required to submit an official JIBC transcript to the Office of the Registrar as proof of completion and for transfer credit assessment. Please contact the PACS program coordinator for detailed information about when these courses will be offered.

Conflict Analysis

Course Title Credits
Individual and Society Selected from List 1A (see below) 3
National and International Selected from List 1B (see below) 3-8

Note: A single course cannot be used to satisfy more than one requirement.

Peacebuilding

Course Title Credits
Individual and Society Selected from List 2A (see below) 3
National and International Selected from List 2B (see below) 6-12
Sustainability Selected from List 2C (see below) 3-8

Note: A single course cannot be used to satisfy more than one requirement.

Upper-level electives

Course Credits
8-12 upper-level credits chosen from: 8-12
Up to one additional course from List 1B  
Up to two additional courses from List 2B  
Up to one additional course from List 2C  

Practice

Course Title Credits
PACS 390 Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding Directed Study 3
or PACS 391 Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding Field Work  

Capstone

Course Title Credits
PACS 400 Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding Seminar 3

Elective lists

Note: Students should plan to satisfy prerequisites for the courses that they intend to take from these lists.

1A: Conflict Analysis (Individual and Society)

Course Title Credits
PHIL 110 Morality and Politics 3
POSC 100 Introduction to Politics 3
SOC 230 The Individual and Society 3
SOC 265 Social Inequality 3
SOC 270/ANTH 270/MACS 270 Dynamics of Racism in Canada 3
SOWK 283 Introduction to Social Work Practice with Families 3

1B: Conflict Analysis (National and International)

Course Title Credits
CRIM 311 Diversity, Crime, and Criminal Justice in Canada 3
CRIM 400 Terrorism 3
GEOG 323 Geography of War, Terrorism, and Peace 4
HIST 315 War and Society in the Modern West 4
HIST 335 History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 4
HIST 418 The Great War, 1914-1918 4
HIST 419 Tyranny, Demise, and Legacies: European Dictatorships of the 20th Century 4
HIST 420 World War II 4
HIST 460/LAS 460 State Terror, Human Rights, and the Politics of Memory in Latin America 4
POSC 301 The Canadian State and Indigenous Governance 3
POSC 365 War, Terrorism, and Global Security 3
PSYC 368 Political Psychology 3

2A: Peacebuilding (Individual and Society)

Course Title Credits
ANTH 130 Anthropology of World Religions 3
ANTH 220/GDS 220 Anthropology of Globalization and Development 3
CMNS 212/MACS 212 Introduction to Media and Public Relations 3
CMNS 280 Team and Small Group Communication for the Workplace 3
MACS 110 Introduction to Communication Theory 3

2B: Peacebuilding (National and International)

Course Title Credits
CRIM 335 Human Rights and Civil Liberties (see Note) 3
HIST 327 Settler-Indigenous Relations in New Zealand and Canada 4
HIST 431 Canada and the World 4
INCS 392 Immigration & Social Integration: The Indo-Canadian Experience 3
PHIL 305 Philosophy of Decision Making and Dispute Resolution 3
POSC 331 Western Peace Traditions 3
POSC 335 Civil Liberties and the Charter in Canada (see Note) 3
POSC 360 The United Nations and International Organizations 3
POSC 368 Global Issues and Canadian Foreign Policy 3
VA 390 Community Arts Practice 3

Note: Credit cannot be obtained for both CIM 335 and POSC 335.

2C: Peacebuilding (Sustainability)

Course Title Credits
GEOG 312 Political Ecology 4
GEOG 340/GDS 340 Geographies of Poverty and Development 4
MENN 300 Mennonite Development and Relief Organizations 4
PHIL 318 Environmental Ethics 3
SOC 346 Environmental Justice 4


Peace and Conflict Studies minor

This section specifies the major discipline requirements only. Information on additional Bachelor of Arts requirements begins in this section.

Please check the Bachelor of Arts residency section of the calendar for how many upper-level credits must be completed at UFV in order to graduate with this program.

Program requirements

Students can declare a Peace and Conflict Studies minor after completion of at least 30 university-level credits, with a minimum of 2.00 CGPA on all credits attempted, and a minimum grade of C in both PACS 100 and PACS 200.

To complete the PACS minor, students will need to satisfy the following requirements which must include 15 upper-level credits.

Introduction and Foundation

Course Title Credits
PACS 100 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies 3
PACS 200 Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding in the Fraser Valley 3
HSER 120 Introduction to Interpersonal Communications 3
or CMNS 180 Introduction to Intercultural Communication  
GEOG 346 Geography of Religion 4
PACS 310 Conflict Transformation 3

Conflict Analysis

Course Title Credits
National and International Selected from List 1B (see PACS major Elective lists, above) 3-4

Peacebuilding

Course Title Credits
National and International or Sustainability Selected from List 2B or 2C (see PACS major Elective lists, above) 3-4

Note: A single course cannot be used to satisfy more than one requirement.

Practice or Capstone

Course Title Credits
PACS 390 Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding Directed Study 3
or PACS 391 Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding Field Work  
or PACS 400 Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding Seminar  

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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