Peace Education

Ed Brantmeier

Simply stated, peace education is education for the elimination of direct and indirect forms of violence. How does one address bullying, implicit bias, ethnocentrism, physical fights, or institutional discrimination in schools, the workplace, and in the community? Participants will explore strategies to reduce violence that they identify in their local and wider contexts. We will examine the field and practices of peace education from diverse United States and global perspectives, as well as common understandings of peace and violence. Special attention will be given to contemporary trends in the field of peace education, specifically:

  • Critical peace education
  • Evaluation of peace education
  • Education for sustainability

After examining everyday understandings of peace and violence, participants will envision nonviolent alternatives and explore strategies to achieve visions for peace in their schools, business, or community contexts. Participants will learn and apply backward design principles (examining situational factors, alignment of peace learning outcomes, assessment, intervention activities) to develop and reflect on action plans for increasing sustainable peace. Modeling peace as context, this course will employ a variety of peaceful pedagogies such as active and experiential learning, contemplative pedagogies, and interactive lecture to encourage reflection, vision, and action.

Course Foundational Questions:

  • What causes and conditions create sustainable peace?
  • How does our understanding of peace and violence shape our approaches to doing peace in local contexts?
  • How can we enact and evaluate peaceful change in our local and/or policy contexts?

Participant Learning Outcomes:

Participants will make progress toward:

  • Exploring a theory for sustainable peace (inner, relational, institutional, societal, structural)
  • Defining peace education, direct, indirect, cultural, and structural violence
  • Ascertaining everyday attitudes and behaviors that contribute to violence and peace in their local contexts
  • Developing and enacting plans to increase peace

This course is being offered for training and for academic credit. The syllabus details the number of credits hours and associated course requirements.


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