PAX 470 - Sustainable Communication: The Theory and Practice of Nonviolent Communication
This three credit interdisciplinary course combines the principles of Peace and Reconciliation Studies with cutting edge work in conflict transformation and reconciliation through dialogue. Based on the work of clinical psychologist Marshall Rosenberg, participants will investigate and practice the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process he developed. The course will provide participants with concrete skills in thinking and speaking which are necessary for analyzing and addressing conflict in a variety of settings. The goal is to increase peace in themselves, their personal and work communities, and the world. Additionally, a goal is to provide students with specific tools to work collaboratively within any team experience to enhance the likelihood of success in any future endeavor through building a process to maintain and sustain efforts for the long term.
This process is beneficial for enhancing and sustaining peace, good will, and collaboration among people who work in education, health care, social work, psychology, international relations, sustainable community development, human development, mediation and conflict resolution, the creative arts and business. The skills learned are useful in personal and family relationships.
Course Typically Offered: Summer