Peace Engineering

Courses

PENG 501 Peace Engineering Seminar - Fall 1.0 Credit

The Peace Engineering Seminar will introduce students to peacebuilding cases and will help students understand how engineering approaches can be applied to peacebuilding. In each term, two peacebuilding cases will be presented by peacebuilders from federal agencies, multinational organizations, and NGOs. In-class sessions subsequent to the case’s presentation, students: 1) will investigate the case through the literature and discuss the case with members of the peacebuilding community; 2) will explore how techniques learned in the core Peace Engineering classes can be applied to the case; 3) will advocate for engineering and technical approaches that could be applied in similar situations; and 4) will use the case as a springboard for reflective writing about the development of skills and personal growth.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PENG 502 Peace Engineering Seminar - Winter 1.0 Credit

The Peace Engineering Seminar will introduce students to peacebuilding cases and will help students understand how engineering approaches can be applied to peacebuilding. In each term, two peacebuilding cases will be presented by peacebuilders from federal agencies, multinational organizations, and NGOs. In-class sessions subsequent to the case’s presentation, students: 1) will investigate the case through the literature and discuss the case with members of the peacebuilding community; 2) will explore how techniques learned in the core Peace Engineering classes can be applied to the case; 3) will advocate for engineering and technical approaches that could be applied in similar situations; and 4) will use the case as a springboard for reflective writing about the development of skills and personal growth.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PENG 503 Peace Engineering Seminar - Spring 1.0 Credit

The Peace Engineering Seminar will introduce students to peacebuilding cases and will help students understand how engineering approaches can be applied to peacebuilding. In each term, two peacebuilding cases will be presented by peacebuilders from federal agencies, multinational organizations, and NGOs. In-class sessions subsequent to the case’s presentation, students: 1) will investigate the case through the literature and discuss the case with members of the peacebuilding community; 2) will explore how techniques learned in the core Peace Engineering classes can be applied to the case; 3) will advocate for engineering and technical approaches that could be applied in similar situations; and 4) will use the case as a springboard for reflective writing about the development of skills and personal growth.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PENG 540 Systems Engineering for Peacebuilding 3.0 Credits

Peace Engineering is a relatively new topic. This course will apply systems thinking and systems tools in the context of peacebuilding. The course is intended to give an introduction to systems engineering and system dynamics and utilize them for this new application. Topics include system architecting, systems mapping, causal loop diagrams, stock and flow diagrams, data sourcing, decision making and game theory. Specific examples of conflict will be presented and various theories of change will be tested with the system models. This course will utilize some recent literature on systems engineering use in peacebuilding. This is a 3-credit graduate course delivered over a full academic term via Drexel’s online learning management system Blackboard Learn.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PENG 545 Introduction to Peacebuilding for Engineers 3.0 Credits

Developed in partnership with professional peacebuilders from the PeaceTech Lab and USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding in Washington DC, this course introduces engineering students to the concepts and skills practiced in the field of international peacebuilding and conflict transformation. This course provides students with first-hand accounts of peacebuilders describing the challenges and opportunities in their work, short presentations outlining key theories and concepts that guide that work, and opportunities to think about how this knowledge, skills, and attitudes can be applied to real-life peacebuilding dilemmas.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PENG 550 Conflict Management for Engineers 3.0 Credits

As the pace of science and technology innovation increases, so too does the role of engineers in solving some of the world’s toughest challenges. The prevention of violent conflict and the pursuit of a sustainable peace is just such a challenge. Developed in partnership with professional peacebuilders from the PeaceTech Lab and the US Institute of Peace’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding in Washington DC, this course introduces engineering students to the concepts and skills they will need in order to use technology expertise in service of conflict-affected communities. This course provides students with an introduction to the theory and practice of conflict analysis, strategic peacebuilding, and negotiation.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PENG 560 Peacebuilding Skills 3.0 Credits

Peacebuilding Skills focuses on intercultural communication and facilitation in the context of peacebuilding. Cases drawn from historical peacebuilding and stabilization activities will be used to provide a framework from which to understand how communication and facilitation affect the development of a conflict and the ability to resolve conflict without violence. Weekly online classes will include a discussion of a subject’s theory and a presentation of the impact of the theory in practice. The course relies on ongoing reflective analyses to help students link the theories and practices of effective peacebuilding to explorations of personal beliefs. The course will be facilitated by instructors from Drexel and from the peacebuilding community.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

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