Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
The purpose of this project is to take two fields of study, Leadership Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies (a.k.a. Peace Studies), and critically analyze how both can mutually benefit each other. For this purpose, a proposed model of an academic course combining the two fields of study in the form of a conceptual syllabus will be included in the appendix. However, before such a course is taught, the connections between two previously unconnected fields must be made. This paper will show how both fields of study mutually benefit each other and combine to form a course designed specifically for students at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies in Richmond, Virginia. The findings of this project will serve as a recommendation for such a course and is intended to be a suggestion only. The scope of this project goes beyond creating the proposed course by outlining the connections between the two multidisciplinary fields and shows how they can benefit each other with their unique insights. However, at the conclusion of each section in this project there will be suggestions of a general nature regarding how the content of the previous discussion might benefit the proposed course. Before an analysis of how the two fields can mutually benefit each other, a background in both fields is necessary.
The major implication for this project is that the fields of Leadership Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies link together for the first time in the form of a proposed course syllabus. However, there is much to be done in both fields of study before the gaps in one field are filled in by the other. Scholars in both fields need to realize that the weaknesses of their own fields and the benefits of other fields before they can gain knowledge from outside sources to expand scholarship in their field of study. The problems listed within for both Leadership Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies are no doubt a few of many. The impact of this project, however, was not to list all of the problems in both fields, but rather to address a few of the problems in each field that can be benefited by either Leadership Studies or Peace and Conflict Studies. Hopefully this project will inspire both fields to branch out in search of other fields of study that offer unique insights and can combine them into their own field. There are many other fields of study that have not yet been connected to either Leadership Studies or Peace and Conflict Studies, but could offer new insights as a context for an already existing field of study.
Schaefer, Douglas M., ""Leadership and Peace and Conflict Studies" : the mutual benefits of linking multidisciplinary fields of study" (1999). Honors Theses. 1180.