LAS 242 - Conflict Resolution3 hours The resolution of destructive conflict is at the heart of this seminar. Destructive conflict reduces our quality of life, puts our health at risk, reduces our productivity and creativity, disrupts teamwork and cooperation, creates war zones, and leads to other kinds of unsafe conditions. Our focus is on disputes between individuals; these interpersonal conflicts are key factors in creating and maintaining dysfunctional social groups (e.g., families, neighborhoods, and organizations). We will study the role of social identities and social status in fueling intergroup conflicts. A major seminar goal is for students to build conflict resolution skills that will enable them to achieve true reconciliation when dealing with all manner of disputes.
Prerequisite(s): Sophomores only.