Understanding conflict is the first step in resolving it. Without knowledge of previous challenges, hurdles and obstacles that have led to past struggles, it is impossible to make an informed resolution strategy. Robust mediation and negotiation skills are vital to effectively intervening in times of disagreement, and will make you a better manager and leader. Create a more just, sustainable, and civilized world by systematically resolving conflict through a tactical approach.
This degree is offered by AU Midwest.
The Conflict Studies concentration coursework:
- examines different conflict theories and their application to both interpersonal and intercultural conflicts
- provides the tools to ethically intervene in order to reduce, manage, and resolve conflict
- analyzes cultural dimensions and power-dynamics
- develops the skills needed for careers in dispute resolution, mediation, and negotiation
- Experience and Expression
- Modes and Methods of Learning
- Literary Analysis and Argumentation
- Culture, Conflict, and Social Research
- Foundations of Civilization
- Ecology, Technology, and Society
Required Concentration Courses
- Interpersonal Conflict
- Intercultural Conflict
- Identity and Conflict Analysis
- Theoretical Approaches to Conflict
- Techniques, Skills, and Engagement in Conflict
- Two electives
- Senior Project
This program will prepare students for careers in:
- Social Services
- Law enforcement
- Graduate student
In any career area individuals must interact with other individuals. Therefore, the ability to understand and engage in conflict situations enhances all other professional knowledge.
This graphic was developed by Katie Mansfield and John Paul Lederach of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. It shows the general career paths of students in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies.
As part of AUM’s ongoing commitment to make college tuition as affordable as possible, we have partnered with Clark State Community College, Sinclair Community College, and Southern State Community College to offer 3+1 agreements which allow students who have finished certain associate’s degrees to seamlessly continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree from AUM.
- Understand the theoretical underpinnings of conflict theory and its application to interpersonal and intercultural conflict.
- Analyze and assess conflict stages and manifestations in order to intervene effectively and ethically to reduce, manage, and resolve conflict.
- Identify and analyze cultural dimensions and power dynamics of conflict and conflict management.
- Develop novice skills in the engagement of conflict including mediation and negotiation.
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of work in the applied field of conflict and careers within dispute resolution.