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PEACEST 1A03 Intro:Peace Study

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Nancy Doubleday


Office: University Hall 304

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23464

Office Hours: Mondays 11-12, other times by appointment, in TSH 723

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    LO 1: articulate and communicate important ideas both verbally in words, and in images and complete texts;

    LO 2: identify a range of appropriate responses, actions, policies, and strategies under conditions of crisis, in order to reduce risk and enhance prospects for peace, justice, health and sustainability;

    LO 3: respond effectively, with compassion and reason to the major crises of our time, including refugee migrations; climate change; biodiversity loss; and water, fire, flood and drought;
    LO 4: develop academic and workplace-ready skills by collaborating in designing, writing and delivering a targeted assignment that will effectively integrate your research and analysis; as well as your work in other IBH courses, toward “Future Peace”;

    LO 5: reflect on your individual strengths and areas for growth as you become a global citizen with an ethical appreciation of sustainable principles and practises relevant to Business and the “Triple Bottom Line” of Economy, Equity and Environment.

Specifically, you will be able to complete the following key tasks:

    Scope and describe orally and in writing how we might transform conflict to achieve greater cooperation at different levels of organization and in diverse contexts, including: interpersonal relationships, inter-group issues, international affairs, and inter-systemic incompatibilities, necessary to better understand the interconnections articulated by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    Actively engage with issues and perform work to reduce, transform and prevent the occurrence of conflicts, and reduce associated risks.
    Design strategies to achieve enhanced prospects for greater degrees of peace, justice, health, and sustainability for all, as part of the business process.
    To reflect on the interconnections and “wicked problems” apparent in different business cases and embedded in complex social-ecological-cultural systems with cross-scale effects, to learn to improve your performance and to build your adaptive capacity as a leader and agent for change.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required Reading:
1. United Nations Documents on Sustainable Development Goals; Human Rights, and Indigenous Peoples:

a.    United Nations. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015. 70/1. Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. See:, and

b.    United Nations: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Transforming Our World: Human Rights in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

c.    United Nations. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. 13 September 2007.

d.    UN DRIP – Backgrounder

2. Government of Canada Documents:

a.    Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Final Report.  Honouring the Truth, reconciling for the Future. Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. See specifically the “Calls to Action”, beginning at page 319.

3. Journal Articles:

3.1 Valuing nature:

a.    Constanza, Robert, et al., The value of the world’s ecosystem services and natural capital. Nature 387, 253 – 260 (15 May 1997); doi

b.    Constanza, Robert, et al., Changes in the global value of ecosystem services. Global Environmental Change. Volume 26, May 2014, Pages 152-158.

c.    Harris, Lisa. Ecological economist puts a price tag on nature.

3.2 Peace frameworks:
a.    Galtung, Johan. Violence, Peace, and Peace Research. Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 6, No. 3 (1969), pp. 167-191Sage Publications, Ltd. Stable URL:, accessed: 03-09-2017 23:21 UTC

[NOTE: to access this resource, go to the Journal, then enter your McMaster University credentials, and you will be connected to the Journal article itself. Alternatively, you can login to McMaster Library, search the catalogue for the article (first enter the journal name, then search for the table of contents for the volume and issue). You should get access. I used JSTOR.]

b.    The Russell- Einstein Manifesto. 9 July 1955.

c.    Culture of Peace Hamilton, Six Pathways of Peace.

d.    Report on the Decade for a Culture of Peace. Final Civil Society Report on the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World. (2001-2010)

In addition to these preliminary readings, additional course Materials will be made available:

    on Avenue to Learn (;

    In Mills Library (on Reserve);

    and in class.


Please consider the linkages that you can make to readings in your other IBH courses this term, such as:

    How to analyze a case study, Harvard Business School Press. Download from

….and to current events:
e.    The Hamilton Spectator, Weekend Edition; The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The New York Times, The Guardian, other media.


Method of Assessment:

There will be 3 individual assignments:

September 11 Discuss & Design in class
September 18 Display your design in class (bring a USB with your postcard on it and we will display the cards)
September 21 Deliver your postcard, by email, to your chosen recipient, as a scan, on the International Day of Peace.
AND upload YOUR 1 PAGE REPORT into the Avenue 2 Learn Postcard Dropbox before Monday September 25.

1 Page Report: include your postcard and information about the recipient (name of person or organization, position, address etc., and brief statement of your reasons for the decisions you made about your work (e.g. choice of topic, recipient, context and relation to peace?)
VALUE: 10% Based on effectiveness of message (4%), appeal of design (2%) and appropriateness of the choice of recipient (4%)

September 11 Discuss in class
EACH CLASS: Jot points for your weekly entries between 8:30-8:40 AM on Mondays at start of class (during our quiet reflection time). Supplement these points with additional entries, photos, clippings, links, as appropriate, in your journal on your own time.

Week of October 16: Review your journal progress with your TA in Tutorial

WORK DUE: end of term, on December 4. Submit hard copy in class on December 4 and upload your scan of your Journal to the Avenue 2 Learn Journal Dropbox before December 6.

VALUE: 20% Based on weekly entries, content related to current events and class topics, insights that you develop, and details provided in your entries.

September 11 Introduce in class
September 18 Discuss in class, using Culture of Peace Hamilton and the Six Principles as a guide.
Review progress with your TA in Tutorial during the Week of October 23.

 WORK DUE: Monday November 13.
Please note: written work, or performed or created in other formats, and documented, will be accepted. Please consult with your TA and me before deciding.

If preparing text, or combined text, images and graphics, it must be between 5 and 10 pages in length. If you are using the work of others, you must provide references and use superscript in the postcard to mark it.

If you are creating in performance style, your work should run 5 minutes of video or audio time (maximum).

Style & Media:
All written text must be in 12 Pt font, using Times New Roman, and double spaced, with all margins set at 3.0 cm.

If you are using audio or video, please record your tracks on CD or DVD.

All products (text, audio, video) must be uploaded to Avenue 2 Learn Reflection Dropbox by November 13.

Value:  15% Based on the quality of your composition, brevity and effectiveness; impact and integration of course themes of peace, justice, health and sustainability; and your delivery, in text, or as performance.

4. TEAM ASSIGNMENT with 3 parts, as follows:

Scenario: You have been hired by Peace Inc., and your firm is about to start on an ambitious and high-impact project. The CEO and CFO have asked all new employees to develop proposals for work intended to contribute to “Future Peace”, by designing projects capable of making ethical and equitable social investments in environmentally sustainable activities to implement one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals while incorporating Human Rights (as stated in the UN Declaration on Universal Human Rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People).
This is about the Future of the Planet. Innovative and creative thinking welcome!
  Value: 10%
Due:  Start THIS STAGE in class on September 25, complete by October 2 (before Fall Recess Week). Complete Team Contract Form provided by the professor with your TA by October 3 (in Tutorial), and upload in Avenue2Learn.

Tasks to do before the class on September 25:
a) prioritize the SDGS according to your own interests
b) identify connections among SDGs, issues of concern or enthusiasm, and any elements connected to Human Rights
c) choose projects of interest to you (a list will be provided)

Tasks to do from September 25 to October 2
d) form your TEAM (find members with common interests) and give it a PROJECT NAME
e) design Team Member roles
f) decide on the TEAM’s preferred product outputs (reports, commentaries, policy briefs, video, mini-conference, etc.)
g) negotiate your product outputs and deadlines with the CEO (professor) and CFO (your TA) and complete your “Project Contract” with your Team, IN YOUR TUTORIAL
h) submit your “Project Contract” on Avenue 2 Learn by October 6.

  Value 15%
Due: October 20
a) design and draft your project outline with your TEAM. Start in class on October 16,
b) participate in class review of project outlines in class on October 23 and 30,
c) refine your TEAM proposal based on feedback received from your peers, and
d) determine firm milestones (deliverables and submission schedule), in consultation with the CEO (professor) and CFO (your TA), and draft your TEAM PROPOSAL in alignment with your TEAM Proposal Contract.

Due: November 27 - Final Steps!
a) Complete your deliverables and submit your TEAM PROPOSAL on schedule, as negotiated!

Note: a wide range of deliverables will be accepted, providing that the proposed deliverable contributes to a selection of preferred possible outcomes, such as improved communication and understanding, greater substantive knowledge, more responsive and inclusive policies, strategic action, awareness, and/or public education to enhance prospects for “Future Peace” including possibilities for peace, justice, health and sustainability for all.

Summary of Course Evaluation Components, Weights and Due Dates
1. Postcards for Peace    Details above.

September 25
2. Individual Journal    Include weekly entries (200 words+): community and extra curricular activities; connections to current events and personal insights
December 4          20%
3. Personal Reflection and Professional Manifesto
    Monday November 13            15%
4. Team Assignment with 3 parts, as follows:
4.1. Scoping & Research
Due: October 3    a) prioritize the SDGS
    d) form TEAM and give it a project name
b) Identify connections and area of concern or enthusiasm
    e) design roles
c) choose projects of interest (a list will be provided)
    f) decide on preferred outputs – complete “Contract”
    g) negotiate outputs and deadlines with professor and TA
4.2. Design & Review
Draft Proposal Due: Oct. 20    a) design and draft project proposal

    c) refine proposal based on feedback
b) participate in class review of proposals
    d) determine firm deliverables and submission schedule, in consultation with professor and TA    
4.3 Produce deliverables on time
Due: November 27
    a) Complete negotiated deliverables and submit on schedule        15%
Assigned by TA in tutorial: 5% (based on attendance + participation + content)
Peer to Peer in Team Project 5% (completed work fairly and on time)
Professor 5% (in class: you are present and engaged)
Total            100%


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Missed assignments or deadlines will receive a grade of zero unless the student has submitted and been approved for a Notification of Absence or a McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF). All work will be evaluated on an individual basis except for the TEAM Assignment. In this case, TEAM members will share the same grade adjusted by the peer evaluation process. (See posting on Avenue2Learn for details.) No extra assignments will be considered for this course.

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:

Week     Date    Activity    Topic/Readings
1    Sept. 11    Introduction, Ice-breaker, Plans for term,
Postcards for International Day of Peace    Introductions to:
Human Rights
2    Sept. 18    Postcard Share;
Mapping the SDGs & Human Rights    Journal writing
Personal Reflection & Professional Manifesto
    Sept. 25    TEAM PROJECT SCOPING & RESEARCH Building a Team, Making a proposal.    
4    Oct. 2    Instructions for the Team Proposal pitch on Oct. 23, 30 & Nov. 6
MID-TERM RECESS            
    Oct. 16    START TO DRAFT YOUR PROJECT OUTLINE WITH YOUR TEAM    Constanza, Biodiversity, and Accounting ARE WE keeping track? Panel presentation and discussion: Guest panel TBA/
Constanza et al.
6    Oct. 23    IN-CLASS REVIEW OF TEAM PROJECT OUTLINES    Business and SDGs: New frameworks & discussion of current cases (e.g. Shrkeli, Bombardier, Volkswagen, etc.) Panel presentation and discussion: Guest panel TBA

    COMPLEX SYSTEMS: peace, health, justice, sustainability/Michael Marmot, Peter Townsend, WHO
    Nov. 6    MIGRATION, REFUGEES AND TERRITORIALITY    Preparation for Melissa Fleming on Nov. 8-9
9    Nov. 13
10    Nov. 20
    Introduction to RESILIENCE: The Adaptive Cycle
11    Nov. 27    Team Final Submission due
    John Warner on Dec. 1
Dec. 4    Personal Reflection and Professional Manifesto - hard copies due in class, upload to Avenue by Dec. 6    


Other Course Information:

Your enrollment in IBH 1BD3 will be considered to be an implicit acknowledgement of the course policies outlined in this document or of any other that may be announced during lecture and/or on Avenue. It is your responsibility to read this Course Outline, to familiarize yourself with the course policies, and to act accordingly.

Lack of awareness of the course policies cannot be invoked at any point during this course for failure to meet them. It is your responsibility to ask for clarification on any policies that you do not understand.

Students may request relief from a regularly scheduled midterm, test, assignment or other course component. Adjudication of all requests must be handled by your faculty's Associate Dean's Office. Instructors cannot allow students to unofficially write make-up examinations/tests.

Please refer to the Missed Course Work and Policy and procedure on the DeGroote School of Business Website at the following link:


•    The McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) will not be accepted for your Group Assignment.
•    It is University policy that if you write an examination while sick or under the influence of a crisis or compassionate situation, the examination results cannot be changed. Under such circumstances, be sure to speak directly with your Academic Advisor before any deadlines.