The Peace Education Working Group of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence has compiled these resources to facilitate the teaching of peace psychology. If you have a unique assignment, have developed peace psychology curriculum resources, or would like to have your syllabus included, please Contact Peace Education Working Group Chair, Linden Nelson.
Peace Psychology Course Syllabi and Materials
Peace Psychology and Terrorism -- 2004 -- Christie & Theiss (.pdf)
This is a list of resources for a course that focus on peace psychology in the context of global terrorism. Within the document there are courses, syllabi, and educational resources.
Psychology of Violence and Peace -- 2005 -- Wessells (.pdf)
This course is an introduction to the psychology of human aggression and violence and the process of building peace.
Peace Education -- 2006 -- Harris (.pdf)
This is a syllabus for a course that discusses how education and community education can address threats of violence and teaches students about peace, nonviolence, and conflict resolution.
Conflict Resolution: Violent and Non-violent -- 2007 -- Church
This syllabus is over a course which examines that various determinants of violence and non-violence in various conflict situations.
Social Issues Seminar: Violence & Terror -- 2007 -- Lemieux
A course that focuses on examining different forms of violence through lecture, discussion, and media.
Psychology of Terrorism -- 2007 -- Lemieux
This advanced course examines terrorism and responses to terrorism from a political and applied psychological perspective.
Peace Psychology -- 2008 -- Wessells
This course focuseson the causes and connections between direct violence at different levels of society.
Psychology and Peace -- 2008 -- Wagner
This course examines how psychological concepts can be used to enhance the understanding of peace and conflict at all levels of analysis from the interpersonal level to the international level.
Peace Psychology -- 2009 -- Bertlision
This is a syllabus for a course that focuses on the basics and introductory concepts to the study of peace psychology.
Peace, Conflict, & Violence -- 2010 -- Mayton (.pdf)
This is an interdisciplinary introduction to the field of peace psychology with an emphasis on methods of nonviolent conflict resolution. This is the 2010 syllabus.
Psychology of Peace and Conflict Resolution -- 2010 -- Tint (.pdf)
This course explores a historically grounded, contextualized perspective on the psychological dimensions of conflict within groups. This is the 2010 syllabus.
Presenting Multiple Perspectives Within a Peace and Nonviolence Course -- 2011 -- Mayton
A presentation that looks at textbooks and works created by Peace Psychologists and the perspectives that each have.
Building Skills in Teaching Psychology -- 2013 -- Ines-Lena Mahr
A course to teach Peace Psychology with the method of Problem Based Learning. This course also includes a Course Overview, Course Manual, and a Tutor Manual.
Psychology of Peace -- 2013 -- Hansvick
This course is designed to explore peacemaking and peace building. This course includes Course Concepts, Course Requirements, Grading Rubrics, Attitude Worksheets, and Reflection Worksheets.
Peace, Conflict, & Violence -- 2014 -- Mayton
This is an interdisciplinary introduction to the field of peace psychology with an emphasis on methods of nonviolent conflict resolution. This is the 2014 syllabus.
Seminar in Peace Psychology -- 2015 -- Hoffman
This is a senior seminar is a collaborative investigation into research and ideas in peace psychology. It is modeled after the seminar on The Psychology of Violence and Peace that is taught at the UN's Universidad de la Paz.
Workshop on Peace Psychology -- 2009 -- Christie
This detailed workshop can be taught over the course of a week, or condensed into a shorter workshop (outline). The first half includes presentations on the overview of Academic Context, the geo-historical context of Peace Psychology in, Asia, Latin America, South Africa, and the United States during the first two World Wars, the Cold War Era, and the current day. The second half of the workshop includes presentations on Conflict, Violence, Negative Peace, and Positive Peace (Part 1 & Part 2).
Peace Psychology -- 2015 -- Christie
This is a syllabus for a course that offers the opportunity to examine patterns of thoughts, feelings, and actions that can transform conflicts into relationships.
Psychology of Peace and Conflict Resolution -- 2015 -- Tint
This course explores a historically grounded, contextualized perspective on the psychological dimensions of conflict within groups. This is the 2015 syllabus.
Psychological Perspectives on War and Peace -- 2015 -- Malley-Morrison (.pdf)
This is an interdisciplinary course that examines the areas of war and peace with contributions from psychology, philosophy, theology, social sciences, and evolutionary biology.
Other courses of interest -- syllabi and materials
Trauma Intervention and Conflict Resolution In Ethnopolitical Warfare -- 2001
This one year course is a graduate level curriculum for training psychologists and related professionals in the knowledge and skills for trauma intervention in zones of Ethno-political warfare.
Applied Psychology: Issues of War & Peace -- 2006 -- Drews (.pdf)
This is a syllabus for a course that looks for the link between basic psychology and real world applications to conflicts.
The Social Psychology of Genocide and Mass Killing -- 2007 -- Newman
This course focuses on the social psychology behind the behavior of people who plan, participate in, or passively observe genocide. This is the 2007 syllabus.
Interpersonal, Community, and Global Violence -- 2009 -- Bertlison
This is a syllabus for a course that focuses on understanding the causes, control, and prevention of global violence and aggression.
The Social Psychology of Genocide and Mass Killing -- 2014 -- Newman
This course focuses on the social psychology behind the behavior of people who plan, participate in, or passively observe genocide. This is the 2014 syllabus.
Children & War -- 2014 -- Hoffman
This course reviews child development in the midst of large-scale human conflict. Students are introduced to humanitarian, psychosocial, and human rights perspectives on war-affected children.
Why Good People Do Terrible Things -- 2015 -- Newman
This course focuses on the ways in which otherwise ordinary people come to tolerate, justify, and participate in behavior that would ordinarily violate their moral standards.