The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology has compiled the following resources to facilitate the teaching of peace psychology. If you have a unique assignment, would like to your syllabus included, have developed peace psychology curriculum resources, or want to participate in the project as a reviewer, please contact Peace Education Working Group Chair: Linden Nelson at 

Teaching Peace Psychology Courses: Rationale and Suggestions


Workshop on Peace Psychology 2009 by Dan Christie - An outline for a course on peace psychology 

Teaching Peace Psychology Using Problem Based Learning - Ines-Lena Mahr 2013

Peace Psychology Syllabi available through the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology including:

H-Peace Syllabi Project - A collection of syllabi related to Peace History and Peace Studies. Syllabi topics include:

  • Latin American Revolutions
  • Women and Peace
  • Nonviolence in Action
  • Hiroshima: Eros of Thanatos?
  • Perspectives on Women, War, and Peace Activism
  • Nonviolence in Twentieth-Century America
  • Peacebuilding: Conflict Transformation, Mediation and Restorative Justice

    H-Peace Syllabi Project can be found at

Curriculum Resources


PowerPoint Presentation on Peace Psychology  click here
Authored by Dan Christie, Eduardo Diaz, Joe de Rivera, and Linden Nelson

Resources from August 2011 APA Symposium “Meeting the Challenges of Teaching Nonviolence and Peace Psychology” (Christine L. Hansvick, Chairperson):

“Introducing Peace Psychology to the Masses: The Role of Single Lectures for Large Audiences” by Linden L. Nelson
Lecture Suggestions
Sample Lecture Outline for “The Social Psychology of War and Peace”

“Some Peace Psychology Publications and Resources” by Dan Christie

“Presenting Multiple Perspectives Within a Peace and Nonviolence Course: The Challenges of Textbooks” by Dan Mayton

Graduate Level Curriculum for Trauma Intervention and Conflict Resolution In Ethnopolitical Warfare

Authored by the Ethnopolitical Warfare Curriculum Conference Planning Task Force of the Steering Committee of the Joint Initiative on Ethnopolitical Warfare of theAmerican and Canadian Psychological Associations. Secretariat of the Task Force: Psychologists for Social Responsibility, National Office, Washington, DC, May 1, 2001. Click here for more information.

The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (APA) concurs with the policy of the APA in condemning the use of torture wherever it occurs. This web page includes the text of the APA policy statement, an annotated bibliography of relevant resources, and a listing of Internet resources. Click here for more information.

Peace Education information from Psychologists for Social Responsibility

The Peace Education Action Committee has provided a number of links to committee projects and reports. These reports include:

  • Graduate programs in peace psychology
  • Resources for teaching peace at the K-12 levels and at the college level
  • Peace education from a psychological perspective

Curriculum resources available through the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology:

Incorporating Genocide, Ethnopolitical Conflict, and Human Rights Issues Into the Psychology Curriculum: Informational Resources (2000), Linda M. Woolf, Webster University  
This 27-page document contains two annotated bibliographies of materials on genocide, ethnopolitical conflict, and human rights issues written from a psychosocial perspective. The first bibliography includes major journal articles, book chapters, books, and Internet resources on these issues organized by topic. The second bibliography is comprised of reference materials for background information and further study. In addition, there is an annotated list of relevant journals.

Incorporating Genocide, Ethnopolitical Conflict, and Human Rights Issues Into the Psychology Curriculum: Instructional Resources (2000), Linda M. Woolf, Webster University

This 32-page document consists of resource materials for developing whole courses and lectures on genocide, ethnopolitical conflict, and human rights issues. For incorporating specific topics into existing courses, lecture suggestions and selected references are given. For developing and revising whole courses, sample syllabi are provided. In addition, lists of relevant videotapes, Web sites, Internet discussion lists, and professional organizations are included.

Expanding the Psychology Curriculum: An Annotated Bibliography on Diversity in Psychology (Revised, 1998) ,  

Developed by the APA Board of Educational Affair's Task Force on Diversity Issues at the Precollege and Undergraduate Levels of Education in Psychology
Including Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Students on Campus: A Short Annotated Reading List (1994), Burrton Woodruff (for the Society's Task Force on Diversity)

Teaching Cross-Cultural Issues in Psychology: Informational Resources for Teaching Cross-Cultural Issues in Psychology (1998), G. William Hill, IV,Kennesaw State University

Activities and Videos for Teaching Cross-Cultural Issues in Psychology (1998), G. William Hill, IV, Kennesaw State University

International Psychology: A Compendium of Textbooks for Selected Courses Evaluated for International Content (2002), Linda M. Woolf, Michael R. Hulsizer, and Tracey McCarthy, Webster University

International Psychology: Annotated Bibliography, Relevant Organizations, and Course Suggestions (2002), Linda M. Woolf, Michael R. Hulsizer, and Tracey McCarthy, Webster University

Classroom Activities and Lecture Resources

Activities and lecture information available from Psychologists for Social Responsibility:

Groupthink Vaccine

Basic information, resources, and teaching tools on groupthink, including PsySR PowerPoint Presentation on Groupthink

PsySR's Historic 1989 Manual on Enemy Images in PDF format

Powerpoint Presentation on Enemy Images: Available for Use in Classrooms and Communities (simply acknowledge PsySR's Action Committee on Conflict Resolution)

Activity resource available through the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology:

Simulation of a World Congress of Sexology Symposium on AIDS (2001), Debra B. Hull, Wheeling Jesuit University  

This project describes a simulation that helps develop intercultural awareness and appreciation, and skills in data collection, analysis, and synthesis; written and oral communication; and group cooperation. Students in a human sexuality course select a country to represent, then prepare a working paper on AIDS in that country, covering such topics as history, incidence, transmission, educational efforts, research focus, and governmental policies. The working paper also forms the basis for a proposed resolution, written by each student, to address major AIDS-related concerns in the student's country. During a class simulation of a World Congress on AIDS, including formal debate and informal caucuses, students present concerns of their countries, form coalitions of countries with similar needs, and work together to approve resolutions.

Textbook Information

Christie, D. J., Wagner, R. V., & Winter, D. D. (Eds.) (2001). Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Deutsch, M. and Coleman, P.T. & Marcus, E.C. (Eds.) (2006). The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

de Rivera, J. (Ed.), 2009. Handbook on Building Cultures of Peace. New York, NY:  Springer.

Long, W. & Brecke, P (2003). War and Reconciliation: Reason and Emotion in Conflict Resolution. Cambridge, Md: Cambridge MIT Press.

MacNair, R. M. (2003). The psychology of peace: An introduction. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Mayton, D.M. (2009). Nonviolence and Peace Psychology: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Societal, and World Peace. New York: Springer.

Salomon, G., & Cairns, E. (Eds.) (2010). Handbook on peace education. London, UK: Psychology Press.

Schwebel, Milton (2003). Remaking America's Three School Systems: Now Separate and Unequal. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Education Press.

Additional Internet Resources for College Teaching

The Center for Global Nonkilling has published 14 books on nonkilling that are available for free download as PDF documents at <>.  One of the recent books is "Nonkilling Psychology" edited by Daniel Christie and Joam Evens Pim. This book is divided into three parts: psychological causes and consequences of killing, prevention of killing from interpersonal to international, and personal transformation from killing to nonkilling. Many of these books could be used as instructor resource material for teaching about peace, conflict, and violence; and some would be useful for course readings or as textbooks.  

Some other useful websites with resources for college teaching are:

Beyond Intractability - Initially created by a team of more than 200 distinguished scholars and practitioners from around the world, the site is built around essays on almost 400 topics. These essays describe the dynamics of conflict and the available options for promoting more constructive approaches. Over a hundred hours of online interviews with more than 70 leading conflict scholars are also included.

Campus Conflict Resolution Resources - The objective of this site is to significantly increase administrator, faculty, staff and student awareness of, access to, and use of conflict resolution information specifically tailored to the higher education context.

CR Info: The Conflict Resolution Information Source - This site offers a keyword-coded catalog of over 20,000 Web, print, and organizational resources, as well as event listings and other conflict resolution-related resources.

Education Including Undergraduate and Graduate School Information

Graduate Programs

Directory of Peace Psychology Courses   2009 - 2010 - Open the Word Document

This effort to collect information about peace psychology courses was initiated in March 2009 with announcements on the Internet lists for APA Division 48 [div48announce] and for the peace education subgroups of Div. 48 and Psychologists for Social Responsibility [psysr-pe-announce].  The announcement asked readers to provide information about such courses “if a college or university of which you are affiliated currently offers what you would consider to be a course in peace psychology.”  The announcement was also circulated on the Peace Education Commission listserv and a European social psychology listserv, and the search for relevant courses included examination of syllabi on Web sites for the International Society of Political Psychology and the Social Psychology Network.  Additional courses were identified in surveys of Div. 48 members in spring 2010 that included the request “if you teach a course that involves peace psychology please list the title here.”

The directory has two parts.  The first list includes only those courses that include both the word “psychology” and the word “peace” in the course title.  The second list includes all other courses that survey responders identified as “peace psychology courses” or as “courses involving peace psychology” regardless of the course titles.  Both lists include only courses that are currently or regularly offered.  Each course entry includes title of course, teacher’s name if available, institution name, institution location, and contact information.  Most of the listings are undergraduate courses, but some are graduate level [the announcement did not ask for course level]. 

International Peace And Conflict

Website with links to many useful guides on MA and PhD programs in
peace and conflict resolution, internships, scholarships, fellowships,funding, careers, and more: 

Peace Psychology Graduate Program
: The Psychology of Peace and Prevention of Violence

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has announced the creation of a new graduate program, The Psychology of Peace and Prevention of Violence. Click here for More Information .

Robin's Directory of College and University Peace Studies Programs - Including Links to Online Course Lists and Syllabi

Distance Training on Peacekeeping is provided by The United Nations Institute for Training and Research Programme of Correspondence Instruction (UNITAR POCI)

Internet Resources for K-12 Teaching

The National Peace Academy recently announced a new free online curriculum, "Peace, Peacebuilding and Peacelearning: A Holistic Introduction." This study guide, is divided into three units, one each for children, youth and adults. The curriculum provides exercises and resources appropriate for the primary (elementary) and secondary (youth-adolescents) classroom. The adult curriculum is intended as an introductory self-study guide.  The 90-day curriculum is divided into 12 weekly lessons, requiring between 45-90 minutes to complete.   Two weeks are given to each of the 5 spheres of peace of National Peace Academy's program framework. The first lesson provides an introduction to all 5 spheres and the final lesson holistically weaves the 5 spheres together through practical applications.

The following Web sites offer free curricula or lessons for teaching about peace and conflict resolution.  Some of these have features that allow the user to select the grade level and type of program or lesson desired.  The first three in this list focus primarily on interpersonal conflict and the 4th-6th focus primarily on international conflict, but some of them make an effort to suggest that conflict resolution principles apply across domains.

CRE Connection
Teaching Tolerance

ESR Online Teacher Center
United Nations Cyberschoolbus

USIP Peacebuilding Resources
Institute for Economics and Peace

The online book "Peace Education: A Pathway to a Culture of Peace" was written by Loreta Navarro-Castro and Jasmin Nario-Galace and published by the Center for Peace Education at Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines.  (
See the second edition (2010)). The book describes a comprehensive and holistic approach to peace education.  The authors provide substantial theoretical and factual background for understanding various aspects of peace education as well as suggestions for teaching including many class activities for each topic.  The book is divided into three parts: (1) Toward a Holistic Understanding of Peace and Peace Education, (2) Key Peace Education Themes, and (3) The Peaceable Classroom, Teacher and School.  Part 2 has eight chapters including "Challenging Prejudice and Building Tolerance" and "Resolving and Transforming Conflict."  While the book would be most useful for K-12 teaching, much of the theoretical material and some of the activities might also be of interest to college teachers.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has released the 2013 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs - Preschool and Elementary School Edition. The Guide identifies 23 school-based programs that promote students' self-control, relationship-building and problem-solving, among other competencies. It is the first comprehensive national review of such programs since 2003, when CASEL published Safe and Sound: An Educational Leader's Guide to Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs.  
Download the Guide and access special features available only online 

Discussion Lists

Division 48's E-Mail Discussion Lists
  • APA Division Listserv - This listserv is open to members of Division 48 and APA. To subscribe, send a message stating in the body of the text, "SUBSCRIBE DIV48" to LISTSERV@LISTS.APA.ORG
  • PeacePsych Listserv - This is a moderated listserv open to anyone interested in peace psychology. For more information, including subscription instructions, go to PeacePsych Listserv Page.

    Peace Education Listserv - This is a moderated listserv open to anyone interested in peace education.  Announcements are sent 2-3 times a month concerning peace education resources and events and describing projects of the Div. 48 Peace and Education Working Group.  For more information, including subscription instructions, contact Linden Nelson at
Peace Education Commission Discussion List - To subscribe, send the message "subscribe pec your name" without the quotation marks to

Peace Discussion List - To subscribe send the message "SUBSCRIBE PEACE" without the quotation marks to

Discussion Lists for Psychology Faculty

  • CommColl is an electronic discussion list for faculty at two-year institutions. To subscribe send a message saying "SUBSCRIBE COMMCOLL your name" to
  • PsychNews is an electronic discussion list for teachers of high school psychology. To subscribe send a message saying "SUBSCRIBE PSYCH-NEWS your name" to
  • PsychTeacher is a moderated electronic discussion list for high school and college/university teachers of psychology. To subscribe send a message saying "SUBSCRIBE PYSCHTEACHER your name" to

    TIPS (Teaching In the Psychological Sciences) is on an electronic discussion list for teachers of psychology. To subscribe send a message saying "SUBSCRIBE TIPS your name" to

Additional Links and Resources