PACS 121: Approaches to and Analyses of Peace Theories

This course, in general, explores different approaches and theories of peace and peace studies. It discusses topical issues that remain as the key concern of peace researchers over the past 50 years. Students learn key approaches of peace studies and transform topical issues into research questions. To this end, they acquire substantial knowledge about the major school of thought – realism, liberalism, Marxism and feminism.
The course covers the philosophical perspectives on peace: social contact and peace – Thomas Hobbes, John Lock and Jean-Jacques Rousseau; alternative concepts of peace – R J Rummel’s conceptions of peace; peace through distribute justice – Bentham, Rawls; peace through deflection of aggression – Freud; realist agenda for peace: realism, liberalism and the possibilities of peace; capitalist peace; liberalism and peace…

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