CAM 500 Introduction to the Theory of Conflict Analysis and CAM
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Outline for November 05 Residency KKU PSU MSU KPI RRU CAM 500: Introduction to the Theory of Conflict Analysis and CAM 520: Introduction to Conflict Management Processes Combined Outline WEEK ONE: November 7-11, 2005 Monday November 7, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs Welcome and Introductions. An overview of the program will be offered followed by a discussion of the first residency of the MACAM program. This will include a discussion about the learner-centred approach, grading policy, assessment criteria and expectations, as well as learners’ support systems. A welcoming ceremony will also take place in the morning. Narratives in Conflict To stimulate analytical thinking and reflect upon the work of conflict practitioners and theorists, learners are introduced through narratives to the key issues and problems that are central to the conflict resolution field. We will be presenting a scenario of a conflict situation. Tuesday November 8, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs The Social Construction of “Conflict” Participants explore the many connotations, conceptions and meanings given to the concept of conflict, while analyzing the theoretical and conceptual frameworks from a historical perspective. Reference will be made to conflict’s fundamental characteristics: nature, significance, taxonomy, parties, stages, intensity, sources and root-causes, levels, functions, impact, time, space, and ways of responding to and ending conflict. 1 . Outline for November 05 Residency Readings: • Brown, R. (2002). The contagiousness of conflict: E.E. Schattschneider as a theorist of the information society. Information, Communication & Society 5(2): 258–275 ONLINE Technology training session from 1630 hrs to 1800 hrs, using RRU Distance Learning Technology Wednesday November 9, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 300 hrs to 1630 hrs Introduction to Conflict Analysis: From Traditional to Systems Approaches This session provides a survey of different frameworks of analysis, which will allow for a comparison of traditional analysis methodologies and approaches. Readings: • Sandole, D.J.D. (2001). A Comprehensive Mapping of Conflict and Conflict Resolution: A Three-Pillar Approach. http://www.gmu.edu/academic/pcs/sandole.htm • Mack, R. W. & Snyder, R.C. (1957). The analysis of social conflict: toward an overview and synthesis. Conflict Resolution 1(2): 212-248. ONLINE Advising session will follow. Place and time to be posted Thursday November 10, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs Systems Thinking and Application The topic will be systems thinking which can be understood as a methodology for examining complex issues or as the application of systems theory. Friday November 11, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs Conflict Interventions: A Survey of the Field Various forms of conflict intervention will be introduced. Interventions begin with asking questions to altering the conditions that create conflictual relations and sustain conflict settings. 2 . Outline for November 05 Residency Readings: • Cross, S. and Rosenthal, R. (1999). Three models of conflict resolution: effects on intergroup expectancies and attitudes, Journal of Social Issues 55(3): 561-580. ONLINE • Susskind, L.E., Fuller, B. W., Ferenz, M. and Fairman, D. (2003). Multistakeholder dialogue at the global scale. International Negotiation 8: 235–266. ONLINE Assignments: Second Set of Analytical Questions is due today (CAM 500) at 0800 hrs. WEEK TWO: November 14-18, 2005 Monday November 14, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs Overview of Political Thinking and Conflict Management This session will begin with a comparative overview of both occidental and oriental thinking as it applies to political systems and conflict management. The session will explore the nature of theory, as a Western conception and compare the notion of theory with philosophies generated in the East. Learner Training in Using RRU Distance Learning Technology from 1630 hrs to 1800hrs. Tuesday November 15, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs Introduction to Conflict Theories: The Concept of Deviance This is the first of a two-part overview of the theories of conflict. In this session, we explore conflict theories that take as a point of departure the concept of the ‘deviant/deviance’, which we analyze from a multidisciplinary perspective. Some of the paradigms examined include biological (Social Darwinism) and economic determinism (Rational Choice), social control and social disorganization theories, and symbolic interactionists’ analyses of human agency (Labelling Theory, Social Learning Theory, and Basic Needs Theories). Readings: o Christie, D. J. (1997). Reducing direct and structural violence: the human needs theory. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 3(4): 315- 332 ONLINE 3 . Outline for November 05 Residency Wednesday November 16, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs Introduction to Conflict Theories: The Concept of the Other Contemporary international violent ethnic conflict situations have turned the attention of conflict researchers and practitioners to a better understanding of the causes of conflict at the societal and international levels. The focus is on intra- and inter-ethnic conflict, where the concept of the ‘stranger’ and the ‘other’ are key to untangling the conflict web of ethnic and racial relations. Within the perspective provided by the functionalist paradigm, we analyze the intimate connections between identity, self, the ‘other’ and conflict as well as Social Identity Theory, Contact Theory, Ethnopolitical Conflict Theory, and Clash of Civilizations Hypothesis. Advising session will follow. Place and time to be posted Thursday November 17, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs Introduction to Conflict Theories: The Concept of Power The overview of conflict theories continues. One of the most enduring concepts in the analysis of conflict has been that of power. Independently of how power is ultimately defined, it invariably focuses on the relationship between the claim to be powerful and the response of the target person, who can accept or reject the power claim. Various theorists and theories of international conflict will be reviewed, including some of the most important schools of though in the field such as Marxism, Realpolitik, peace and war theories, complexity theory, environmental conflict and virtual conflict.. Readings: • Forde, S. (1995). International realism and the science of politics: Thucydides, Machiavelli, and neo-realism. International Studies Quarterly, 39: 141-160. ONLINE Assignments: Reflective Paper (CAM 500) is due today at 0800 hrs. Friday November 18, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs Civil Society and the Management of Conflict The role of civil society (CSO), non government organizations (NGO) and donor agencies often play a brokering role or provide an ‘expertise’ used to ‘assist 4 . Outline for November 05 Residency conflict settings. A question often asked is how does previous experience of conflict shape response to conflict in current relationships? This session will hear from guest speakers who represent CSOs and NGOs to share their personal experiences. Practicum Guidelines: Information session WEEK THREE: November 21-25, 2005 Monday November 21, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs Conflict Dilemmas and Paradoxes What is an analyst to do when first confronted with a conflict situation? In this session we will examine real-life cases to identify, deconstruct and reconstruct approaches to information gathering, sense making, problem-solving and conflict analysis. We will discuss the ethical dilemmas involved in fashioning and communicating one’s role and exercising influence in conflict situations. Learner Training in Using RRU Distance Learning Technology from 1630 hrs to 1800 hrs. Tuesday November 22, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs The Complexity of Conflict The complexity of conflict presupposes multiple parties, dimensions, issues and worldviews. The complexity of conflict, however, is more often than not associated with the interplay between conflict and culture. Readings: Morris, M.W. and Fu, H. (2000). How does Culture Influence Conflict Resolution? A Dynamic Constructionist Analysis. Stanford: Research Paper Series, Stanford University https://gsbapps.stanford.edu/researchpapers/Library/RP1649.pdf Salem, P.E. (2000). A critique of western conflict resolution from a non- western perspective. In P. K. Chew, (Ed.) The Conflict and Culture Reader. pp. 220-229. New York: New York University Press. 5 . Outline for November 05 Residency Wednesday November 23, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 300 hrs to 1630 hrs Alternative Intervention Processes What do citizen dialogue, appreciative inquiry, charette have in common? This session will examine these alternative methodologies and their application as well as traditional approaches such as negotiation, mediation and multi-party interventions. • Advising session will follow. Place and time to be posted Thursday November 24, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs 1300 hrs to 1630 hrs Applying Conflict Analysis and Management A case study will be presented for final assignment. Assignments: Reflective Paper (CAM 500) is due today at 08:00 hrs. Friday November 25, 2005 0830 hrs to 1200 hrs Evaluations and Farewell Assignments: Final Paper (CAM 520) is due November 30th, 2005 Final Paper (CAM 500) is due December 5th, 2005 6 .