SPCM 436, “Conflict Management & Communication,” examines theoretical and practical issues concerning conflict management, communication, and power in various social environments. The course has six major objectives/goals/intended learning outcomes: (1) to develop knowledge about the nature and mechanisms of differences that produce conflict; (2) to acquaint students with various attitudes, habits, perspectives, and beliefs related to conflict; (3) to familiarize students with the concepts, principles, and theories of conflict management and resolution; (4) to examine various types of conflicts, ranging from personal, relational, and family, to organizational, intercultural, and global; (5) to explore the growing field of conflict management and resolution and different ways to constructively approach conflict, negotiate, and mediate; (6) to transform students into empathetic citizens with a global mindset and a communicative skill set of conflict resolution in culture-specific interactions as well as in the context of globalization and ongoing migration.
Field WorkCountry: Vietnam
Date: February 13, 2018
By visiting War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels, and meeting with a local artist, “The Past that Would Not Pass” provides a unique chance of experiential learning about international conflict, politics of memory, rhetoric of materiality and visual rhetoric, as well as cultural legacy of Vietnam War.
- Connect constructs/theories/models from Conflict Management and Communication, especially international and ideological conflict, to cultural experiences and knowledge gained while at port.
- Understand the complexity of international conflict through the rhetoric of materiality in a three-step process: theory/history from the exhibits of the museum; human interaction/dialogue with an artist (either a photographer or a filmmaker); the hands-on experience/unique sensation of being in the actual former trenches, to “touch” the traces of war.
- Make connections over time and understand legacy of Vietnam War, the Cold War, and strategies of coming to terms with the past.