Certificate of Completion in Peace and Global Studies
Prepared by Christine Wood
"The Planet is our house and without this we can't survive. Ultimately we are the children of the Mother Earth"
H.H. Dalai Lama
"Each of us must become the Changes we wish to see in the world."
"Ignorance of each other's ways and lives has been a common cause, throughout the history of mankind, of that suspicion and mistrust between the peoples of the world through which their differences have all too often broken into war."
UNESCO Constitution, 1945
"A growing number of institutions of higher education have come to the conclusion that just as we have service academies to educate young people in the ways of war, we need Peace Studies programs to train students how to work toward a peaceful solution of world problems."
Chapman University Department of Peace Studies
Peace and Global Studies Certificate of Completion Course Number Name Units
*Meets requirement for Ethnic Studies
**Meets requirement for Non-Western Studies
Rationale for Peace and Global Studies Certificate of Completion
It is with pleasure that I present this rationale for the seventeen unit Peace Studies Certificate of Completion.
The Peace and Global Studies Certificate has an interdisciplinary approach offering the student an opportunity to become better informed about the world and its peoples. The spectrum of courses selected for the certificate is designed to broaden the student's world view in order to become better world citizens. Having a Certificate in Peace Studies will serve as an adjunct to any major, whether it is business, agriculture, the arts, physical or life sciences or the human sciences. Most of the classes meet General Education requirements as well as the Ethnic and Non-Western requirement.
Given the collective push for globalization by the world's governments, the common citizen needs to expand their knowledge of the "other" from a position of mutual respect. Current global events have demonstrated how reactivity in conflict resolution results in increased tension, suffering, destruction and loss; moreover, all of our lives, in one way or another, are becoming less secure - physically, economically, psychologically and environmentally.
In our ever shrinking world, we, as an academy of higher learning, must take the responsibility of providing our students with a better than adequate knowledge of global conditions, human relations and environmental issues. By completing the certificate students will increase their global/human knowledge and receive applicable skills in resolving conflicts peaceably. They will begin to recognize their capacity to express their human potential and to access creative solutions to complex social, global, and environmental problems. Each of us needs to do so without violence or other destructive forms of interaction if we are to have a future in this world.
The courses selected will serve these purposes. For example, peace psychology is a newer field of inquiry that goes beyond traditional psychology. Traditional psychology has maintained a pursuit of "truth" through the adherence to research methods of modern empiricism, the belief that sensory experience is the only valid source of knowledge. Peace psychology not only embraces empirical methodology, but additionally emphasizes democratic structures and human freedom. This psychological perspective offers the student an opportunity to explore the foundations of social structures that lead to human injustice, structural violence and ideological violence that occur throughout the world. An example of this would be the practice of female infanticide in China, where female fetuses and babies are terminated in hope of conceiving males who are more valued. Hence, the goal of peace psychology is to address these psychologically driven ideologies and to promote social, institutional and personal change.
The newly developed Sustainability for the 21st Century course will explore the dimensions of human impact on the natural world with the goal of learning how to live more compatibly with the earth and to preserve and share the world's natural resources.
World Food and Hunger Issues examines the policies of food distribution in developing nations and how the growing need to feed the world as the population increases beyond a sustainable level can be met.
Intercultural Communication provides students with a means of understanding the "other" and how to become more effective communicators as active global citizens.
Eastern Psychology through Traditions and Practices deepens the knowledge and wisdom presented through Eastern psychology. This course emphasizes peace practices through yoga, which includes meditation, self-study, and the yoga sutras (many which were practiced by Gandhi and other prominent peaceful leaders).
Special Topics: Integrated Perspectives on Peace will give the student an opportunity to synthesize the interdisciplinary perspectives and find the links between the classes. In this way the certificate will become something meaningful and cohesive.
The idea of Peace and Global Studies is long overdue. We need to broaden our perspectives on others and learn how to coexist from a more sophisticated level of consciousness. This program will facilitate that outcome.