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PEACEST 3D03 Globalization And Peace (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2019

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Nancy Doubleday


Office: University Hall 304

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23464

Office Hours: Friday 11-12, other times by appointment

Course Objectives:

 Detailed Course Description:

Peace Studies at McMaster is based on the recognition of the many interconnections among social, cultural, and ecological phenomena and the understanding that peace has individual, personal, structural and systemic components. This year we focus on the wicked problem of “Water Justice” and the stepping stones - climate, biodiversity, justice, migration, and nature-based solutions - to peace. We will also address governance and agency. To do this we are forming a learning community. For some this may be a new experience. We trust that it will be rewarding for us all.

PeaceSt 3D03 is committed to adapting action learning pedagogy, including analysis, action, and reflection, to goals for social justice, sustainability, health and peace, in order to enable participants to learn how to bring about strategic change across scales, from local to global situations.

We begin with investigation and we arrive at strategic action.

Strategic Action: We will collaborate with current research programs at McMaster, and at UNU-INWEH, the UN Think Tank on Water, including the McMaster Water-Network, Participedia and Ocean Canada partnerships, and local issues, to deepen our knowledge of case-based decision-making.


Individually, in groups and in the class as a whole, we will acquire capabilities through skill and design development, in the practice, creation, and communication of:

1. case studies to promote peace, health, social justice and sustainability;

2. frameworks for evaluation (objective and reflexive); and

3. systemic interventions and service.


For our projects, we will select a small number of global challenges and local dimensions. We will bring our collective resources into play to address these challenges, including designing strategies and learning how to take action to change those situations we are concerned about in thoughtful and responsible ways.


We will also develop our capacity to reflect on our analysis and our actions and to evaluate and report on the outcomes of our interventions. The best way to intensify the learning experience is to immerse ourselves as learners in the problem: problem-based learning (PBL) is a McMaster strength, and we will adopt this approach in this course. Borrowing from health sciences, we will apply these social determinants to the larger questions of peace and globalization, using approaches drawn from PBL.

We recognize the need to acquire the skills and capacities to move from global concerns to local actions and back to global outcomes. We also need to understand the interconnectedness of all issues: recognition of human rights, water and natural resource sustainability, urbanization, climate change, migration, conflict, and growing numbers of refugees are all related to one another in causes and consequences, and we will develop tools for analysis and for communication to bring these issues to greater social awareness locally.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Readings will be open access online or available in the library.

All excursions will be local.

Method of Assessment:


1. Topic statement: 300 words on a water issue linking water justice, peace and sustainability. Individual.

Due in class in hard copy on September 23. Value: 10%

2. Team formation: in class, based on topics to be negotiated in class, on September 30.

Complete the team registration form on September 30 in class. Value 25%

3. Team project proposals. 10 pages (max), and 2 slides, due in class on Oct. 21. Value: 25%

4. Action learning deliverables. Negotiated on October 7 in class, and set out in learning contracts. Deliverables are due during McMaster Global activities (Nov. 11-22), as part of McMaster Water Week activities. 40% (includes 10% participation.)

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Assignments are due in hard copy in class and to be submitted online, in Avenue, within 24 hours after the in-class deadline.

Prior agreement of instructor is necessary for late submission without penalty.

Up to 3% of participation is assigned for ontime submission of all assignments.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Transformative Learning: Globalizing Peace/Pacifying Globalization

This year our class project will focus on practical aid for people suffering from forced migration and in the; and on the processes for development of capacities and strategies for building effective responses. Displacement and forced migration result in flows of refugees in the context of globalization. How can this process of displacement be transformed? Elements of such strategies will include reduction of violence and increased peace promotion and building, and enhanced sustainable development possibilities and/or economic activities, in alignment with the triple bottom line (i.e. meeting objectives of economic viability, ecological sustainability and social justice and equity). The processes of globalization have been critically addressed in many fields and we seek to move on from an awareness of these critiques, to strategic and tactical responses to bring about change.

Suggested Readings: (more links to be provided when team topics have been selected)

Rodriguez-Labajos, B. and Martinez-Alier, J. (2015). Political Ecology of Water Conflicts. WIREs: Water, 2, 537-558.

Zwarteveen, M.Z. and Boelens, R. (2014). Defining, researching and struggling for water justice: some conceptual building blocks for research and action. Water International, 39, 143-158.

Mascarenhas, M. (2007). Where the Waters Divide: First Nations, Tainted Water and Environmental Justice in Canada. Local Environment, 12, 565-577.

Patrick MJ, Lukasiewicz A. & Syme G.J. (2014). Why justice matters in water governance: some ideas for a ‘water justice framework’ Water Policy Vol 16 Supp 2.

Patrick MJ, Syme GJ & Horwitz P (2014) How reframing water management issues across scales and levels impacts on perceptions of justice and injustice. Journal of Hydrology Vol 519, Part C Nov.

WWDR 2019

Other Course Information:

General knowledge of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is expected.

Broad awareness of justice issues, systemic violence and oppressive practice is expected.