Academic Program - The Peace and Reconciliation Studies
Interdisciplinary Masters Degree
Through the MALS Program
The University of Maine Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program focuses on education for peace, justice, human rights, nonviolence, tolerance, global understanding, interdependence and mutuality, and environmental responsibility. As a dramatically emerging field, Peace Studies—ideally suited for the typical MALS adult students—encompasses nine courses in an integrated curriculum that allows teachers and other learners to take graduate-level classes to fulfill their MALS requirements.
- LIB courses. All students take the following LIB courses:
- LIB 500: Interdisciplinary Approaches, required of all MALS candidates. Offered every fall 3 cr. (Proposed: Online asynchronous version offered every other year.)
- LIB 500: The Ethic of Care: A Feminist Perspective. Online, asynchronous seminar, offered every other fall. 3 cr.
- LIB 500: The Fate of the Hero: War & Reconciliation. Online, asynchronous seminar, offered every other fall. 3 cr.
- LIB 699: Thesis writing. 3-6 cr.
Total LIB courses: 12-15 credits.
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- PAX Courses. All students in the concentration must take, for a total of 6 credits:
- PAX 491/591: Forgiveness: Peace and Reconciliation. Online, asynchronous, offered every spring. 3 cr.
- PAX 410/510: Theories in Peace and Reconciliation Studies. Online, asynchronous, offered every spring. 3 cr.
In addition, students choose at least two courses from the following list of regularly offered courses. The live courses may be offered in Orono or at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Please check the location.
300 level courses may be taken for graduate credit, under the number PAX 598, through the following process: Notify the Peace and Reconciliation Studies office of your intention to take the 300-level course as a graduate course (to manage any enrollment limits). Consult with the course instructor about combining the content, goals, and requirements of the course with a substantial graduate component. In conjunction with the instructor, write a proposal integrating the content and goals of the 300-level course with appropriate graduate-level work. Send a copy of your proposal to the Director of Peace and Reconciliation Studies and to the Graduate Coordinator of Peace and Reconciliation Studies to keep as a record of the graduate work you have done.
A student may take up to three courses at the 400 level for credit in the MALS Program.
- PAX 350: Buddhism, Peace & Contemplative Traditions. 3 cr. Online, asynchronous.
- PAX 351: This Sacred Earth: Ecology and Spirituality. 3 cr. Online, asynchronous.
- PAX 360: Conflict Resolution: A Relational Approach to Working through Conflict, 3 cr. Live course, check for availability and location.
- PAX 370: Building Sustainable Communities. 3 cr. Live course, check for availability and location.
- PAX 400/500: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Social Renewal. 3 cr. Online, asynchronous. Offered every spring.
- PAX 401/501: Women Social Activists: Warriors for Peace & Justice. 3 cr. Online, asynchronous. Offered every fall.
- PAX 451: Mediation: Premises, Practices & Policy. 3 cr. Live course, check for availability and location.
- PAX 452: Advanced Study in Transformative Mediation. 3 cr. Live course, check for availability and location.
- PAX 453: The Camden Conference. Subject varies each semester. 3 cr. Live course, offered in several locations. (proposed) Offered every spring
- PAX 498: Special Projects in Peace Studies (independent study; available upon request and consultation with the director)
- PAX 598: Independent Graduate Study (proposed). 3 cr.
Total PAX courses: 12 credits.
Total required courses: 24-27 credits.
Students may choose from a wide range of electives offered at the graduate level or the upper undergraduate level. Please consult with your Peace and Reconciliation Studies advisor.
Total credits: 30-33
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