Culture and Conflict
Cultures are dynamic and evolving, yet at the same time deeply rooted in the past. More than language, food, clothing and customs, culture also encompasses race, ethnicity, gender and nationality shared between different groups within a particular culture. Consequently, culture and conflict are inextricably linked. We use our cultural lenses to understand, define and analyse the conflicts around us. In the field, culture is often described as the vehicle on which conflict rides rather than the source of conflict. This course will help students to become more aware of the cultural lenses one wears in conflict. Students will learn to perform in depth examinations of aspects of culture through interactions and information gathering from individuals and groups who come from cultures dissimilar to their own.