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Intercultural Peacebuilding (IPB)


121. Intercultural Peacebuilding (3) (F, W, S) An interdisciplinary look at how to build peaceful families, communities, organizations and nations. Special emphasis will be placed on intercultural conflict.

221. Establishing Peace (3) (F, W, S) Examines the foundations of President David O. McKay's prophecy on establishing peace internationally. Explores the role that Laie, BYU-Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the host Hawaiian and Pacific Island cultures play in influencing peace in the world. (Prerequisite: IPB 121)

231. Interpersonal Peacebuilding (3) (F) Examines interpersonal peacebuilding techniques in relationships with an emphasis on marriage and parenting. (Prerequisite: IPB 121)

277. Personal Conflict (3) (W) Tackles deep issues that affect people's ability to handle and work through conflict. Topics include grief, suicide, addiction, mental illness, abuse and crisis of faith. The class will explore both personal struggles as well as introduce tools to help others wrestling with these conflicts. (Prerequisite: IPB 121)

311. NGOs and Conflict Transformation (3) (F) The course explores the work that non-governmental organizations (NGO) do in the field, specifically in the development and implementation of programs, to address conflicts in communities around the world. (Prerequisite: IPB 121)

323. Peace Education (3) (W) The course focuses on teaching students the conceptual frameworks to be educators in the peace field. Its main purpose is oriented toward the development of attitudes, values, knowledge, skills and behaviors that lead to imagining, creating, manifesting and sustaining peace in the family, the classroom, the community and the world. (Prerequisite: IPB 121)

332. Peace Ecology (3) (S) Peace Ecology is the combination of peace and environment studies, providing the space for the integration of the two fields of study. It explores the long-term benefits of an environmental consciousness balanced with senses of peace. (Prerequisite: IPB 121)

352. Intercultural Conflict Dynamics (3) (F) Examines the role of culture and identity in group conflict dynamics. Focuses on group formation processes, group conflict escalation processes, group problem solving challenges and group leadership strategies. (Prerequisite: IPB 121)

380. Culture and Conflict Transformation (3) (W) Explores theories and issues of conflict transformation and reconciliation within and between diverse cultural systems. Particular attention is given to various cultural methods of conflict transformation. (Prerequisite: IPB 121)

383. Peace Linguistics (3) (W) An examination of the languages of peace and of conflict, from an applied linguistics perspective, analyzing and creating written and spoken texts, to identify recurring patterns and themes. (Same as LING 383). (Prerequisite: IPB 121)

390R. Special Topics in Intercultural Peacebuilding (3) (Variable) (Prerequisite: IPB 121)

399R. Internship in Intercultural Peacebuilding (1-12) (F, W, S) Students may receive credit for applied experience in Intercultural Peacebuilding. Prior approval must be obtained and a program coordinated by a faculty member and the on-site supervisor. (Prerequisites: IPB 121 and either IPB 400 or IPB 425 or ENTR 380)

400. Cultural Mediation (3) (F, W) Skills in conflict transformation and reconciliation as a third party mediator. Particular attention is given to multi-cultural techniques and disputes. (Prerequisite: IPB 121)

411. NGOs and Conflict Transformation Practicum (3) (W) This course is follow-up to IPB 311 NGOs and Conflict Transformation, taking a student's conceptual non-government organization (NGO) framework and developing it into a fully operational NGO by the end of the semester. (Prerequisite: IPB 311)

425. Cultural Facilitation (3) (S) Skills in conflict transformation and reconciliation as a third party large group facilitator. Leadership skills and reconciliation processes are also explored. (Prerequisites: IPB 121 and Permission of Instructor)

480. Conflict Transformation (3) (F, W) IPB capstone class. Students lead either a peacebuilding field project or research project. Explores theories of sustainable project creation, advanced change theory, project leadership and facilitation and monitoring and evaluation models. (Prerequisites: IPB 400, IPB 411 or IPB 425 and Permission of Instructor)

495R. Independent Study (1-3) (Variable) Students wishing to pursue independent research or an applied project can enroll with permission from the instructor. (Prerequisites: IPB 121 and Permission of Instructor)

496R. Student Research (1-3) (F, W, S) Supervised individual research for students who have been granted student research associateship.