Students passionate about mending our world develop the tools they need to do so in our interdisciplinary peace and justice program.

Peace and Justice Course Offerings

PEAC 200 Introduction to Peace and Justice
Violent conflict remains one of the most serious problems in the world today. Hundreds of thousands of people die every year as a result of war, and millions of refugees are displaced and suffering. The interdisciplinary academic field of peace studies attempts to understand the causes of such conflict and contribute to sustainable strategies that will lead not just to the absence of war, but to genuine human flourishing. This course will introduce that field of study with a particular emphasis on conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and the rights of marginalized persons. These emphases reflect our Norbertine heritage and the ordering themes of the Peace and Justice minor at St. Norbert College.

PEAC 266 Human Rights and Responsibility
This course will articulate an interdisciplinary (philosophical, historical, and religious) rationale for universal human rights and human dignity while highlighting the history of the human rights tradition and the contribution of Catholic social teaching. Conversely, it will examine the rhetoric and dynamic of genocide and apartheid, exploring the way forward with realistic strategies that emphasize human connectedness and responsibility.

PEAC 333 / RELS 333 Christian Ethics – GS1U C-CI 
This course explores the connection between being a Christian and being a morally responsible person. It attends to foundational questions of ethics in light of the Christian narrative, such as: What kinds of people should we be? What should we do? And, what sort of communities should we construct? It therefore focuses on three dynamic, interdependent dimensions of morality — character, choices and community. Some applied ethical issues will be examined. Religious Studies majors/ minors sign up for RELS 433.

PEAC 340 / HIST 340 Israel/Palestine: The Roots of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
This course examines the origins and development of Jewish-Arab rivalry in the Middle East, beginning with the advent of Zionism in the 19th century and concluding with a review of current events. Social and economic dimensions of the conflict are considered alongside the political history and Students are introduced to a wide range of materials on the topic. Alternate years.

PEAC 418 International Inequalities – GS12 / GS11 
This course focuses on social inequalities occurring outside the U.S. The three case studies which are explored are the Rwandan genocide of 1994, female circumcision in Africa and the Armenian genocide of 1915. Since we are looking at two genocides, we will conclude our studies with explorations of strategies for preventing genocide and for moving forward in their profoundly traumatic wake. Finally, to bring things a bit closer to home, this course will create opportunities for students to briefly consider Western as well as indigenous responses to each case study investigated.

PEAC 400 Capstone in Peace and Justice
PEAC 400 is the capstone course for the Peace and Justice minor at St. Norbert College. In this course, students will be invited to deepen their knowledge of the three components of the minor (economic and environmental justice, human rights and responsibilities, and conflict and peace) and their interrelations through in-depth research, reading of peace and justice literature, and discussion. Through class discussion and written work students will be challenged to integrate the knowledge they have accumulated through this course and the previous peace and justice field and service work that they have done while at St. Norbert College.

Alumna Perspective

“When I was a student at SNC, I discerned a deep passion for issues surrounding social justice and international development. To ground this passion, I wanted to find an area of study in which I could gain practical knowledge. Because my interests spanned economics, psychology, religion, gender studies, business and philosophy, I did not feel satisfied choosing a single discipline. Peace and justice was an ideal fit, as it required enrollment in courses across several disciplines. Looking back now, some of these classes have been foundational for the work I have since pursued.”

Rachelle Barina ’09
Doctoral student in health care ethics