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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.

Prerequisites

  • Prerequisite: (PSY 1101 and PSY 1102) or (IPA 1121 and IPA 1122)

Faculty of Human Sciences >> Conflict Studies

Minimize schedule Course schedule for the session: Spring / Summer 2021
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
Lecture
ECS 3123 WX00
The course is broadcast live and is recorded to be viewed later (synchronous/asynchronous mode). The student may be present online at the predetermined day and time or view the recording later.
Course offered in English
May 03 - July 23 Wednesday 13:30 - 16:30 Online David Joubert
Summary
  • A multidisciplinary examination of trauma: Disruption of responsive mechanisms.
  • Decision making in crises.
  • Contributing factors affecting the impact of trauma.
  • Conflict and psychological transformation. 
Objectives

 Describe the various psychological approaches and perspectives relevant to the theme of human conflict and associated interventions.   

 Demonstrate a capacity to critically analyze the role of psychology in the social management of conflicts and « problem situations ».  

 Understand how bias can infiltrate the practice of intervention from a psychological standpoint in situations involving conflict.  

 Integrate modalities of psychological intervention with other perspectives in the resolution and management of social, interpersonal or intergroup conflict.   

Workload

Teaching will consist of online presentations by the faculty supported by audio-visual material (Powerpoint, video) and group discussions. Concrete examples and case material will be used to facilitate understanding of the material whenever possible. Students’ active participation is required in order to create a more stimulating learning environment. 

Case study and case analysis will be an important medium for learning throughout the course, so that students are expected to prepare in advance in order to facilitate class discussions.  

Assessment

Evaluation will consist of one mid-term take-home exam worth 35% of the final grade. The exam will cover the main conceptual frameworks discussed in class, and their applications to the study of conflict and its consequences. The exam will consist of essay-type questions.  

 

In addition, students will have to complete one analytical essay worth 50% of the final grade on the topic of their choice involving conflict and associated consequences from a psychological perspective. This essay will be completed individually and will include case material pertaining to an actual conflict as an object of analysis.  

 

Lastly, students will be graded for attendance and their overall level of active participation in class. This component will be worth 15% of the final grade. Note that the term "active" implies a degree of involvement in the learning and discussion process that goes beyond merely asking questions. Students are expected to read all required material in order to develop the knowledge base necessary to make a significant contribution to the discussions and debates.  

Mandatory Reading

All readings will be available on Brightspace two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Readings will be broken down by course week and will need to be completed by the time that we cover the material in class. 

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