INTS 475: Special Topics

INTS 475-001: Forgive/Reconcil Divided Comm
(Spring 2024)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM R

Angel Cabrera Global Center 1320A

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Section Information for Spring 2024

“Without forgiveness, there is no future,” said Archbishop Desmund Tutu of South Africa, together with President Nelson Mandela, as the country made a national level commitment to bringing about healing through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in the aftermath of the apartheid.
This course will explore the dynamic interplay and the processes involved between forgiveness and reconciliation, especially within the contexts of violence, conflict, abuse, and turmoil where human relationships are torn apart and cultural formations destroyed. Why forgiveness? Can forgiveness be imposed upon someone who is hurting or is in pain, either as an injured party or as a wrongdoer? What does the process of forgiveness entail? Can we forgive without having to reconcile? Is reconciliation possible without forgiveness? What are the prerequisites for reconciliation? What is the role of the bystanders in all these processes?

Participants will learn more and discuss the nature and dynamics of conflict creating hostilities, affecting human relationships, and tearing communities apart in the process. They will explore the psycho-emotional, religio-cultural, philosophical, and political aspects of reconciliation and forgiveness, ranging from personal, interpersonal, national, and international levels, respectively. They will come up with a re-entry plan in terms of a new commitment as part of the course application. Competencies covered in this learning community include communication (oral and written), group collaboration, wellbeing, critical and reflective thinking, and global understanding.

Learning Objectives:

  • To develop a critical awareness and understanding of the multidisciplinary perspectives of forgiveness and reconciliation given specific contexts.
  • To introduce and examine frameworks, models, and processes of the correlation between forgiveness and reconciliation in settings of protracted, violent conflict and abusive environment.
  • To explore and enhance the self-awareness aspect of learning and its application in daily life and workplace.
  • To provide an opportunity for participants to pursue course-related issues in the broad arena of the conflict and peace studies field of interest to them.
  • To survey the basic literature available in the field of forgiveness and reconciliation as it unfolds in different socio-historical contexts.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-18

Studies topics of special interest to undergraduates. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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