The purpose of this course is to offer students a less-studied perspective in peacebuilding - that at the grassroots level. Referred to as Grassroots Peace, People to People Peace, or Track Two Diplomacy, this approach focuses on non-governmental initiatives to forge peace among conflicting parties from the bottom-up. Over the course of the semester, students will gain a deeper understanding of the advantages/challenges to taking a grassroots approach to peacebuilding by studying current initiatives being led by Palestinians and Israelis. After a brief introduction to the conflict and concepts of peacebuilding, the class will be arranged by issue areas that present opportunities for cooperation starting from Economics, to Language, then Religion, and finally Climate Change. The class will be a mix of discussion-heavy lectures and guest lectures led by people working in Grassroots Peace in the region.
The course consists of weekly readings, which will be used to prepare for class discussions and guest lecturers. Students will also write five P/NP journals throughout the semester to allow for reflection on the topics covered in class and/or guest lectures. The final will be a short presentation done on a grassroots peace initiative of the students choosing.
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