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Leadership and Conflict Resolution

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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
July 19, 2021 - August 18, 20217/19 - 8/184 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineCaitlin Bradford
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Course Description

Conflict is universal. We encounter it in our daily lives with friends, family-members, classmates and co-workers; in our communities between different interest and identity groups; and at the global level between state or non-state actors. Good leadership is essential at any and all of these levels to ensure that conflicts are dealt with constructively rather than destructively, to ensure that the potential for social change and positive transformation that exists in conflict is realized, rather than lost in the infliction of physical violence or other forms of harm. This course will explore the phenomenon of conflict--at the interpersonal, intergroup, and international levels--and will focus on various nonviolent strategies for managing, resolving, and transforming it.

Students will be encouraged to think creatively and critically about conflict, to understand conflict from multiple points of view, and to reflect on the role of leadership in conflict, both as a party to a conflict and as an intervener in a conflict. We will apply these skills in our analysis of current conflicts impacting the world today; including conflicts over values such as immigration policy, conflicts over resources such as environmental policy and conflicts over psychological needs such as police use of lethal force. We will strive to understand competing points of view and develop win-win solutions to these complex issues.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their own conflict management skills; including active listening, collaborative problem-solving, negotiation, mediation, dialogue facilitation, and public speaking. Course assignments and activities will include nightly reading, in-class interactive group work and presentations, role-plays, simulations, films, and written assignments. The final project will provide students with the opportunity to develop an Action Plan that applies their learning to an issue of importance in their home community.

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This course is part of the Leadership Institute Online, a four-week academic program that helps students cultivate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership. This unique program consists of two core elements: academic content based on the course of one's choosing and leadership content common to all courses, including the development of an Action Plan.

Enrollment in this program requires participation in one-hour synchronous or "live" sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am Eastern Standard Time (EST) - 12:30pm (EST). Other than participation in these two weekly synchronous or "live" sessions, participation in the course may be completed daily, at any time.

Additional programmatic information may be found here.

Prerequisites: This course content is relevant and applicable for all students and does not require prior experience or knowledge.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEPS0904

Program Information

Leadership Institute

Brown's Pre-College Program focused on developing socially responsible leaders and creating positive change. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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