University of Vermont

This online course explores the causes of conflicts involving environmental concerns, without presuming that environmental disputes are necessarily a cause of conflict -indeed they may be a part of the solution to wider regional conflicts. The emerging field of environmental conflict resolution has its roots in various disciplines such as political science, economic game theory, systems analysis, sociology and anthropology. The study of conflict versus cooperation also has an important basis in natural science, particularly in evolutionary biology and ethology.

The aim in the first part of the class is to explore theories of conflict and cooperation from various disciplinary perspectives to glean common lessons that may be applied to “real-world”cases. The second part of the course will focus on the practice of conflict resolution and various approaches to resolving conflicts and their relative applicability in different parts of the world.