Psychology of War & Peace
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 3825
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Psychology
Co-existence studies emerges a number of psychological disciplines: social psychology, psychoanalysis, political psychology, and communication studies. It is predicated on the view that psychological insecurity is the source of identity-based conflicts. Theoretical underpinnings for this course derive from critical psychology (Holzkamp and the Frankfurt school), cultural historical theory (Vygotsky), liberation psychology( Martin-baro), and social identity theory (Mead). We investigate the notion of "intractable conflicts" (Bar-Tal), psychoanalytic approaches to mass conflict resolution (Volkan, Spielberg) and the use of dialogue to create new forms of knowledge in the service of conflict transformation ( Yankelovitch, Habermas). We give close attention to the roles of trauma and traditional masculinity in the origin and maintenance of intractable conflicts. We also teach some practical skills of dialogue, mediation, and other techniques of conflict resolution, including educational interventions designed to reduce racial/ethnic hostilities. Students have opportunities to meet some leaders in the field of co-existence studies and to get involved with both domestic and international NGO’s located in the New York area.
Course Open to: Degree Students