01:30 PM to 04:10 PM R
Angel Cabrera Global Center 1320A
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.
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