College of Social Sciences
C. Petersen, JD (Interim Director, Matsunaga Institute for Peace)—international
human rights, equality and non-discrimination, women and the law
*I. Aoude, PhD—ethnic studies
Degree and Certificates Offered: Certificate in Peace Studies, BA in interdisciplinary studies (peace and conflict studies), Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution
The Academic Program
The Spark Matsunaga Institute for Peace was established to carry out the vision of U.S. Senator Spark M. Matsunaga that “every student enrolled in Hawai‘i’s public university will be exposed to peace studies.” The institute is a center for education and research in peace studies and conflict resolution, honoring Senator Matsunaga’s legacy and building on Hawai‘i’s heritage to promote cross-cultural communication. It is a multi-disciplinary community of scholars, researchers, and students working in partnership with members of government, business, the educational sector, and civil society. It seeks to educate students, professionals and future leaders in peacemaking and conflict resolution skills, empowering them to better address contemporary problems within Hawai‘i, the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. and the world.
Peace and conflict resolution is a dynamic field, one that is increasingly relevant to our graduates’ professional careers and to other fields of academic inquiry. Students from all colleges in UH Manoa may enroll in Peace and Conflict Education (PACE) courses, either as an intellectual endeavor or to enhance their personal and professional skills. For example, the institute offers courses on the study of war and other forms of violence (both direct and structural), on nonviolent methods to prevent and resolve destructive conflicts, and on the conditions necessary for creating cultures of peace, including human rights and social justice. We believe that students who understand the causes of conflict and the methods for resolving conflicts will be better equipped for a wide range of careers, including positions in education, law, dispute resolution, industrial relations, government, foreign service, security, urban and regional planning, sociology, and social work.
For students who wish to obtain an academic qualification in peace and conflict resolution, the Institute offers three programs:
Students who complete one of these three programs should gain an understanding
of the major theoretical foundations of peace and conflict resolution
studies. They will also develop critical and reflective thinking skills
related to issues of social justice, human rights, and the conditions
necessary for peace. They will also learn effective ways to identify,
manage, and resolve conflict at the personal, group, and international
levels. The requirements for the three programs are set forth below.
Bachelor’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution
In collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Studies program, the Matsunaga Institute for Peace offers a flexible, self-designed BA in peace and conflict resolution. With the exception of two required courses, students are free to design an academic program that is appropriate for their interests, needs, and goals. Students work closely with faculty advisors from the Matsunaga Institute and Interdisciplinary Studies to develop a coherent, multidisciplinary course of study. This gives students the flexibility to concentrate on a special area of interest or to take a broader approach to the study of peace and conflict studies. Additional information is available at www.peaceinstitute.hawaii.edu and from Interdisciplinary Studies in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
Required courses for the major:
The remaining credit hours, to meet the major’s minimum requirement of 36 credit hours, can be drawn from courses offered by the Matsunaga Institute (designated as PACE courses) as well as courses offered by other departments. Although a list of suggested electives is set forth below, students may also propose other courses, provided that they can achieve a coherent program of study that meets the requirements of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. An overall GPA of 2.5, with no grade below a C, is required in the major course work.
Certificate in Peace Studies
The Certificate in Peace Studies (15 credit hours), which is equivalent to a minor, equips students with the fundamentals of peace and conflict studies, allowing them to broaden the reach of their major with insights from this multidisciplinary field. The certificate gives students a greater awareness of what can be done to remedy the social injustices of our times and to manage and resolve conflict, skills that are highly valued by employers in a wide range of professional fields.
To receive a Certificate in Peace Studies, students are required to take PACE 310, PACE 447 and PACE 495 (or a faculty approved substitute) and 6 additional credit hours selected in consultation with the student’s certificate advisor. A GPA of 2.5, with no grade below a C, is required in certificate courses.
Suggested optional courses for the major in Peace and Conflict Resolution and for the Certificate in Peace Studies.
*There may be more than one section of this course offered, each focusing
on different specialized topics in the field. Examples include Practices
in Peacemaking, Human Rights and Peace, Indigenous Peacemaking and Ho‘oponopono.
The course is repeatable one time.
Certificate in Conflict Resolution
The Certificate in Conflict Resolution allows students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in another area to become acquainted with conflict resolution theory, practice, and activities. It is also available to students seeking the certificate only and considers unclassified students, as well as degree students, for admission. Students enrolled in public administration, education, law, urban and regional planning, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, health, social work, environmental science, zoology, and psychology are part of the program, along with professionals in the community. Students are encouraged to use the certificate program to increase their competence in conflict resolution as it relates to their major area of study. The Certificate in Conflict Resolution introduces students to the fundamentals of conflict resolution; mediation systems; dynamics for group conflict; skills for organizing and leading group deliberations; and culturally appropriate dispute resolution.
Certificate students are required to complete at least 15 credits from the approved course list, which includes two (2) three-credit required courses at the 600 level or above, two (2) electives and one (1) three-credit practicum PACE 695 or substitution of an approved additional three-credit course.
Students are required to take two (2) of the following: PLAN 627, POLS 633, PACE 647, PACE 668, MGT 660, PLAN 661, and SOC 730. The elective courses are multi-disciplinary in nature. The areas include Negotiation, Mediation, Culture and Conflict Resolution, International Disputing/International Law, ADR Systems Design, Conflict Resolution for Educators, International Relations and War, Political Science and Speech. Specific information about the required and elective courses, including access to the graduate certificate brochure, can be found at www.peaceinstitute.hawaii.edu/pages/academic/PCR_cert.html.
A capstone paper is also required. It will reflect knowledge of conflict theory and analysis and the application of resolution processes. For most students, the certificate program will require at least one (1) additional semester of coursework as the practicum requires a 100-hour commitment. This can take place in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the required courses, each student is expected to demonstrate competence in one of the following skills: facilitation, mediation, or conflict analysis/process design.
Successful completion of the program leads to a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and is available to students seeking the certificate only or concurrently with a masters or PhD program. Consideration for admission to the certificate program requires filing of an application form available from the department.
In recent years, the demand for conflict resolution skills within large public and private organizations has risen. This provides added employment opportunities for graduates. Our graduates work as land use planners, ombuds, health care workers, educators (teaching and administration), lawyers, managers, and human resource providers in Hawai‘i, nationally, and internationally.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
|Catalog Coordinator, Manoa Catalog Office, 2600 Campus Road, QLC 102, Honolulu, HI 96822 :: Web Design by Christine Galiza, Modified by Michelle Saoit ::|