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Honours B.A. in Conflict Studies

School of Conflict Studies

  • ECS 2103 - Negotiation

    Concepts and foundations. Difference between mediation and negotiation. Case Studies. Ethical considerations. Role playing and practical exercises. Specificities of negotiation among ethnic and religious groups. A minimum of ten laboratory hours will be required in this course.

    Prerequisite or concomitant: ECS2321.

  • ECS2928 - Language and Conflict in Canada

    Overview of relations between English- and French-speaking groups in Canada with emphasis on their identity components. Review of efforts undertaken at various levels to address tensions related to language differences. Dialogue and elaboration of proposals for improving linguistic relations.
    Bilingual course. Students are expected to work in both official languages.
    Prerequisite: ECS2321.

  • ECS2999 - Neutral Third Party

    Intensive training including simulations in which the participants play in turn the roles of conciliator, mediator and facilitator. The mark S or NS will be attributed following the handing in of a training report.

  • ECS4999 - Advanced Internship in Conflict Resolution

    Internship in a reputed institution for a minimum of 150 working hours in conflict prevention, management or resolution. Graded S/NS.
    Prerequisite: 24 ECS credits and a cumulative grade point average of B+.

  • ECS2104 - Mediation

    Concepts and foundations. Objectives of mediation, importance of third parties. Mediation and post-modernity. Ethical considerations. Role playing and practical exercises. Specificities of mediation among ethnic and religious groups. A minimum of ten laboratory hours will be required in this course.

    Prerequisite: ECS2103.

  • ECS2111 - Research Methods in Conflict Studies I

    Introduction to the philosophy of science. Research Ethics. Development of research projects: questions, hypotheses, variables, data and analysis. Textual and qualitative research methods: bibliographic research, historical research, interviews, case studies, and observation. Problems related to the study of ethnic and religious conflicts.

    Prerequisite or concomitant: ECS 2191.

  • ECS2112 - Research Methods in Conflict Studies II

    Preparation of comparative and quantitative research projects. Use of data sets, surveys and polls. Statistical analysis: correlation, regression analysis, trends, statistical inference. Examples taken from the study of ethnic and religious conflicts.

    Prerequisite or concomitant: ECS 2191.

  • ECS2124 - Local and Community Responses to Conflict

    Conflict is always experienced at a community level, whether its source is local or international. This course identifies and examines the many different ways in which local or community level actors respond to the causes and effects of violent and non-violent conflict in their midst.

  • ECS2126 - Indigenous Peoples and Conflict

    A review of conflict and peaceful coexistence between indigenous peoples and settler societies around the world, including the examination of (1) differences among the world’s indigenous peoples in their cultures, political economic situations, and in their relationships with colonizing settler societies and (2) efforts to transcend “contemporary colonialism” and “post-modern imperialism” to establish indigenously defined cultural, social, and political orders.

  • ECS2191 - Introduction to Conflict Studies

    A multidisciplinary introduction to research in the evolving field of peace and conflict studies, with emphasis on ethnic and religious conflict. Cases are drawn from local to global levels. Includes anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, political science, law, labour relations, theology, philosophy, gender studies and security studies.

  • ECS2192 - Inequality, Conflict and Social Justice

    This course consists of two components: (1) the examination of the variable linkages between inequality (economic, social, political), injustice, and violent conflict; and (2) the examination of efforts to create environments characterized by equality, equity, justice and peace.

  • ECS2201 - Political Conflicts and their Resolution

    Explorations of the political sources of conflict, including power and ideologies. Respective roles of the state, public institutions, parties, and interest groups in conflicts. Management and resolution of conflicts in different political regimes.

  • ECS2202 - Causes and Dynamics of International Conflicts

    Broad review of many international conflicts, their causes, and the factors that may contribute to their escalation. Roles of diverse international actors in the aggravation or the resolution of conflicts. Analysis of violent conflicts. Ethical and moral questions related to the use of violence.
    Prerequisite: ECS2201.

  • ECS2321 - Listening and Interaction in Conflict Resolution

    Theory and practice of the listening skills crucial for participating in conflict resolution processes. Development of synthesis, reframing, and appropriate responses to difficult situations. Attention to non verbal communication, emotions, and communication styles. Exploration of some of cultural differences in communication. A minimum of ten laboratory hours will be required in this course.

  • ECS3101 - Introduction to Technical and Legal Aspects of Conflict Resolution
  • ECS3110 - Internship I

    Internship in a reputed institution for a minimum of 150 working hours. Graded S/NS.
    Prerequisites: 24 ECS credits and a cumulative grade point average of B+.

  • ECS3123 - Psychological Impacts of Conflicts

    A multidisciplinary examination of trauma: Disruption of responsive mechanisms. Decision making in crises. Contributing factors affecting the impact of trauma. Conflict and psychological transformation.
    Prerequisites: PSY1101 and PSY1102 or IPA1121 and IPA1122.

  • ECS3124 - Conflict in Organizations

    Introduction to the resolution of conflicts related to labour relations and policy differences in large organizations, especially in the public sector, with emphasis on ethnic and religious conflict. Roles of employers, workers, unions, third parties, mediation mechanisms, arbitration, and administrative tribunals.

    Prerequisites: ECS 2191 and ECS 2192.

  • ECS3125 - Peaceful Resolution of Violent Conflict

    This course compares and contrasts different approaches to the pacific resolution of violent conflict, such as peace building, peacemaking, and peace operations. Contribution of religions to peace building. An effort is made to understand when, why, and how such approaches are effective or ineffective for managing and resolving conflicts.

    Prerequisites: ECS 2191 and ECS 2192.

  • ECS3127 - Group Processes and Conflicts

    Introduction to the intervention toward groups in order to manage and resolve conflicts. Study of group dynamics and underlying behaviours. Review of different approaches to group processes. Exploration of the requirements and abilities for the leadership and facilitation of groups. Case studies. Practical in-class exercises.
    Prerequisites : ECS2103, ECS2104.

  • ECS3128 - Consultation and Coaching in Conflicts

    Initiation to personal support to people involved in conflicts. Presentation of various models of personal and group coaching. Development of some basic abilities in this kind of intervention (including self-awareness, emotional intelligence, active and empathic listening, communication, overcoming resistance, etc.) through simulations and exercises.
    Prerequisites: ECS2103, ECS2104.

  • ECS3130 - Special Topics in Conflict Studies

    Prerequisites: ECS2191, ECS2192.

  • ECS3140 - Gender Relations and Conflict

    Social and philosophical theories of gender. Feminist theories of discrimination and power relations as they apply in conflict situations. Ethnic and religious factors in gender-related conflict issues. Constructive responses and social movements.

    Prerequisites: ECS 2191 and ECS 2192. This course was previously ECS2125.

  • ECS3323 - Dialogue

    Examination of dialogue as a means of exploring hidden beliefs and the exchange of ideas between participants. Practical exercises that explore the use of dialogue as a means of resolving and transforming conflicts. Training in the use of structured dialogue in professional activities. Specificities of dialogue among ethnic and religious groups.
    Prerequisite: ECS2321.

  • ECS4101 - Causes of Conflict I: Biological and Psychological Approaches

    Examination of the many possible causes of conflict and violence such as aggression, instinct, character traits, learned behaviours, socialization, personality disorders, group influences, mob behaviour, and perceptual issues.

    Prerequisites: ECS2111, ECS2112, ECS2192, PSY1101 or IPA1121, PSY1102 or IPA1122.

  • ECS4102 - Causes of Conflict II: Sociological and Rationalist Approaches

    Examination of the many factors affecting conflict and violence including social classes, unequal resource distribution, culture, religion, institutions, decision making. Introduction to game theory in conflict studies.
    Prerequisites: ECS2111, ECS2112, ECS2192, ECS2201.

  • ECS4130 - Advanced Topics in Conflict Studies

    In depth study of particular topics related to conflict studies.

    Prerequisites: 51 university credits. Reserved for students registered in Conflict Studies.

  • HTP1102 - Approaches in the Humanities: Interpreting the Human Experience

    Introduction to theoretical approaches in the Humanities and to the methods that are applied to interpret the multiple expressions of human experience, particularly those expressed in important works of art and literature.

  • HTP1103 - People, Social Justice and Ecology

    Social and ecological challenges facing humanity today, and related issues of social justice. These questions will be examined from a perspective of community building and efforts towards ecological and social transformations for a hopeful future.

  • HTP1105 - Critical Analysis, Reading and Writing Academic Works

    Development of abilities to critically read and understand academic works. Focus on formal writing skills: techniques of clear expression and construction of texts, argument development and organization. This course also includes a library laboratory component with focus on research skills, citations, and academic integrity.

  • HTP1106 - The First Peoples in Canada

    Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives on the First Peoples of Canada, cultural diversity, traditional practices and beliefs, relationship with the environment, changing roles and structures influenced by colonization. Contemporary issues faced by First Nations, Métis and Inuit, including cultural genocide and trauma.

  • IPA1121 - Human Behavior and Spirituality: Theoretical Foundations

    Purpose and method of psychology. Historical perspective. Bases of the nervous system, consciousness. Sensory processes, perception, cognition, memory, language and thought. Emotions and motivation. Learning process. Introduction to fundamental theoretical psychology of religion.

    This course cannot be combined for credit with PSY1101.

  • IPA1122 - Human Behavior and Spirituality: Empirical Observations

    Heredity, environment and human development. Intelligence. Personality. Mental health, abnormal behavior and therapeutic approaches. Social psychology. Introduction to empirical research in contemporary psychology of religion.

    This course cannot be combined for credit with PSY1102.