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    PJU/CRJ 279G CORE: Interpersonal Negotiation and Mediation 
    3 credits
    This course introduces basic and intermediate level skills useful for resolving interpersonal conflicts and reconciling relationships post trauma. Building on an understanding of conflict theory and communication, the course uses skills of active listening, problem-solving and bargaining in family, work and community conflicts. Emphasis will be placed on training through simulations and role-play. Particular attention will be focused on the areas of interest-based negotiation, principled mediation and victim-offender reconciliation. These topics will serve as the vehicle for addressing the question of the seminar: How shall we live in the world in the light of divine and social justice? Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in PJU 230, CRJ 237, CRJ 379B, or PJU 379C. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

    PJU/POL 379B CORE: Peace and Justice: Catholic Social Teachings  

    3 credits

    The study of justice and peace through the application of the social teaching of the Catholic Church and the findings of social and political science. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in POL/THL/SJU/PJU 278. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

     
    PJU 479 CORE: International Conflict Management: Diplomacy, Democratization, Development  

    3 credits
    The course focuses on the non-violent management of conflict at the intra state, regional and international levels based on concepts of justice and the common good. Particular attention is given to current areas of international conflict and what students have learned at ODU about the most ethical options for resolving these conflicts. The role of individuals, political leaders, economic and political systems, civil society organizations, regional organizations, and international institutions such as the United Nations are explored in relation to the prevention of war and peace building post conflict. The course explores conflict management strategies such as preventative diplomacy, arms control and disarmament, economic sanctions, international law, UN peacekeeping, sustainable economic development, democratization, conflict resolution and reconciliation post conflict. Prerequisites: Completion of junior core seminar; POL 360 and 379C.


    PJU 497 Internship in Peace and Justice  

    1-6 credits
    Field placement under supervision in a local human service agency. The student will spend 50 hours in the field for each hour of credit.. Students in this course are required to meet with faculty weekly in seminar to discuss and to reflect upon the practical application of their academic work. Prerequisites: senior standing; 2.5 GPA; successful completion of application requirements for fieldwork.