Courses offered by the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution are listed under the subject alpha PACE (Peace and Conflict Education).

Peace Studies broadens students’ perspectives and strengthens critical thinking on issues of war and peace; justice and human rights; and governance. Conflict Resolution (facilitation, mediation, and negotiation) focuses on community and civic relations, and interpersonal skills vital to good leadership.

Summer 1 (May 26-July 2, 2020)

PACE 310 Survey Peace and Conflict Studies (ONLINE)
The course is designed to give students an understanding of peace and conflict on a global scale. Issues of war, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and environmental degradation will be covered as well as peace makers, peace movements, diplomacy, negotiation, and other conflict resolution methodologies to attain positive peace. (3 credits) DS, WI

PACE 315 Personal Peace: Stories of Hope (ONLINE)
Louann “Haaheo”
Study the lives of those who are justice seekers and peace makers. People who have overcome great difficulties to find personal peace and have become examples of hope in the eyes of many. This is an introduction to nonviolent origins, theory, and practice. Aims to challenge students to become examples of hope, justice seekers, and peacemakers in the world today. (3 credits) DH, ETH, OC, WI

PACE 420 Introduction to Human Rights: International and Comparative Perspectives (ONLINE)
Human Rights Law is an area of law that is vast, interesting, debatable, exciting and enjoyable to all students regardless of their major. Course examines the historical and contemporary forces that are central to the evolution and development of human rights laws. Course objectives and methods focus on the role of culture and history in the development of human and civil rights law and the resolution of human rights disputes. Course also explores dispute resolution methods that assist in the resolution of human rights issues and complaints. (3 credits) ETH, WI

PACE 429 Negotiation
This course is designed to give students a comprehensive overview of interest-based negotiation and includes ethical considerations and the skill base necessary to achieve success in negotiation. Students will have the opportunity to analyze and summarize situations appropriate for negotiation and to demonstrate negotiation strategies for achieving negotiation goals. (3 credits) DH, ETH, OC, WI

PACE 436 Geography of Peace and War (ONLINE)
Crosslisted with GEOG 436
Geographical factors underlying conflict in the world. Today’s world is complex and overwhelmed with conflicts and needs for peace on various scales. How and why war happens and how is peace sustained cannot be understood without analyzing the complex political geography of making and breaking the states, sovereignty and borders, access to resources, and the role women play in the war’s tactics and peace making. Course will also focus on various ways for sustaining the peace thru analyzing global infrastructure and its challenges, such as the United Nations. (3 credits) DS, WI

PACE 460 Indigenous Nonviolent Action in the Asia-Pacific (ONLINE)
Mark “Umi”
Indigenous peoples in the Asia-Pacific region have usually used nonviolent methods to gain their political goals: using United Nations structures, international law, boycotts, and peaceful protest are among those methods. More often, their responses have been forms of nonviolence, including noncooperation, public protest and legal and diplomatic solutions. This course compares those methods and examines their successes, failures and the prospects for those that remain ongoing. Cultures examined include New Zealand Maori, Australian Aborigines, Native Hawaiians, East Timorese, West Papuans, Tahitians, Okinawans, Indians, Tongans and other Pacific Islanders. (3 credits) DS, HAP, WI

PACE 485 Topics in Peace and Conflict Resolution: Hawaiian Peacemaking and Hoʻoponono (ONLINE)
Baldo “Kaleo”
The Kanaka Maoli traditions of Hoʻoponopono are terms and traditions that have endured into the twenty first century in many various forms and functions. The indigenous traditions of “setting right” and “resolving and reconciling” are sometimes understood in terms of “resolving conflict” and or “sustaining or reconciling relationships,” primarily with the family or Ohana, but expanded to include groups, community, and collectivist processes. This course will include lectures by cultural practitioners of Hoʻoponopono and new forms of Hoʻokuikahi, and hands-on activities, and learn about similar peacemaking traditions from other cultures and peoples, of Hawaiʻi, Asia and the Pacific. (3 credits) DS, WI, ETH, OC

PACE 652 Conflict Management for Educators (ONLINE)
Crosslisted with EDEA 652
School systems and educational organizations are places of diverse people engaged in continuous, complex problem solving. When peace and collaborative problem solving are done effectively, there is increased love of learning, improved communication, more creativity and satisfaction. Students will learn and practice techniques of interpersonal conflict resolution and will be able to promote empathy and peaceful management in the workplace and community, through thoughtful analysis and solution building. (3 credits)

Summer 2 (July 6-August 14, 2020)

PACE 447 Introduction to Mediation (ONLINE)
Learn the core components of the mediation process and the tools for empowering participants to reach customized solutions. Emphasis on learning and applying the skills through exercises and mock mediation sessions. The purpose of this course is to introduce the principles and techniques of mediation and conflict resolution strategies. (3 credits) OC

PACE 478 International Law and Disputes (ONLINE)
This course begins with a general introduction to the principles and sources of international law and the differences between international and national law. A study of the mechanisms for enforcing international law and resolving international disputes, including international courts and tribunals, centers of arbitration, and mediation. The course also introduces students to selected substantive areas of international law, including the law of the sea, human rights, and international criminal law. Students will examine the theory of international autonomy as a means of reconciling claims of self-determination and territorial integrity. (3 credits) DS, ETH, WI

PACE 480 Managing Human Conflict (ONLINE)
This course is an introduction into the field of conflict analysis and resolution through the examination of theory and role-play. Major theories of conflict studies are considered and the forms of conflict resolution, such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. (3 credits) DS, ETH, WI

PACE 485 Topics in Peace and Conflict Resolution: Indigenous Peacemaking (ONLINE)
Baldo “Kaleo”
The experiences, practices, and traditions of (18) Indigenous people related to “peacemaking and nonviolence” provides a unique forum for the voices of the marginalized to interact with the dominant culture and values of violence in Hawaiʻi, the United States, and the world. Topics will cover historic and contemporary issues facing indigenous peoples of Hawaiʻi, Pacific, and Asia, such as parenting, aggression reduction, family systems, community disputes, sovereignty, economic development, globalization, militarization, colonization. Students will explore and examine the cultural and spiritual traditions of peaceful peoples, peacemaking, and nonviolent conflict, that have survived and adapted to preserve a way of life that is unique and sustaining for families and communities. Indigenous Peacemaking and nonviolence conflict alternatives will be examined in comparison and contrast to western models of conflict resolution, peacemaking, and nonviolent conflict involving people and governments. (3 credits) DS, ETH, OC, WI

PACE 629 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Crosslisted with PLAN 629
Course explores negotiation skills and theory used in reaching agreement and preventing, managing, and resolving conflicts. It is completely online (Laulima) and connect with video conferencing (Zoom). We will explore the negotiation stage, including its place in the conflict resolution universe; different negotiating styles, strategies and tactics; the influence of power, culture, gender, etc., on behavior and outcomes; preparing for, conducting, and analyzing negotiations; and additional information and resources to continue your progress. (3 credits) DH, ETH, OC, WI

Varied Dates (online)

PACE 315 Personal Peace: Stories of Hope (3-week intensive)
July 6 – July 24
Louann “Haaheo”
Study the lives of those who are justice seekers and peace makers. People who have overcome great difficulties to find personal peace and have become examples of hope in the eyes of many. This is an introduction to nonviolent origins, theory, and practice. Aims to challenge students to become examples of hope, justice seekers, and peacemakers in the world today. (3 credits) DH, ETH, OC, WI

PACE 412 Gandhi, King, and Nonviolence (3-week intensive)
July 27 – August 14
Louann “Haaheo” Guanson •
This course will introduce students to the power of nonviolence and nonviolent direct action of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Queen Liliʻuokalani. Focusing on a study and exploration of the leadership, spirituality, thinking, methods, strategies and actions of these three individuals, the class will look at other global struggles past and present. This course will include discussions, films, oral presentations, and field trips related to Gandhi, King and Liliʻuokalani. (3 credits) DH, ETH, OC, WI

PACE 647 Mediation: Theory and Practice (ONLINE)
June 8-August 14
This course covers the core concepts, tools and skills of mediation, and examines different approaches to mediation – including facilitative, transformative and evaluative. Learn how the mediation process can be adapted to address issues and areas ranging from family, employment, community, and how different cultural approaches to conflict resolution and mediation. (3 credits)

Please check the University of Hawaiʻi Summer Sessions Class Availability page for course details and changes or contact the Peace Studies department for more information.

Updated 04/16/20