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MSU non-credit class covers the science of war and peace

October 29, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- In the not-so-distant past, our knowledge of war and peace depended on philosophical speculation and historical case studies. But today, advanced data gathering and analysis allow us to better understand conflicts and how they end.

A five-week course called "The Science of War and Peace" will give a big-picture view of this emerging field, covering questions such as whether resources like "conflict diamonds" are a civil war-causing curse, and under what conditions a peace accord is likely to be reached and maintained.

The course begins Thursday, Nov. 1 and runs each Thursday through Dec. 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (no class on Thanksgiving). The class takes place at the American Computer Museum, which is near the Bobcat Football Stadium. Free parking is available.

The instructor is Chris O'Connor, a professor emerita of Grand Valley State University, where she taught social psychology and the psychology senior capstone, among other courses. O'Connor has a Ph.D. in social psychology from Michigan State University.

The course is offered by Wonderlust, a lifelong learning organization affiliated with Montana State University's Extended University. Anyone can register for the course, which costs $97.50. However, those who choose to purchase a Wonderlust membership for $35 can take the course for $62.50. The membership discount will apply to all Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 courses. Members can also attend special events, field trips and discussions groups.

To register and/or become a Wonderlust member, visit or call the Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683.

Contact: Instructor Chris O'Connor, (406) 582-5445,