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Winter 2025 Course

Diversity and Dispute Resolution

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam
There will be no final exam or research paper – instead, students will write a 300-500 word reading response for each day of class, except for the final class, for which the reading response is 800-1,000 words.

In this course, we will examine the ways in which various types of diversity – such as class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation – impact the way we negotiate and resolve conflict, including the effects of intersectionality and privilege. Although the main focus of the class will be on readings and discussion, we will also use experiential exercises, including role plays, to enhance our personal understanding of how diversity affects our experience of conflict and our ability to manage difficult conversations involving identity and diversity.

Readings will include excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kim Crenshaw, Richard Delgado, Trina Grillo, Jerry Kang, Jamaica Kincaid, Carol Liebman, Mari Matsuda, Larry Susskind, Isabel Wilkerson, and Kenji Yoshino.