Conflict Management


The mission of the Center For Conflict Management is to provide an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary, and practically grounded analysis of the nature of conflict and violence that will support a wider diffusion of conflict management skills throughout society, in the hope that this will enable a sober analysis of conflicts at all levels and more cooperative approaches to the conflicts that plague our relationships in families, communities, and among nations.


Scope and Purpose:

A library collection in support of the curricular and research needs of the Center for Conflict Management includes materials that provide an understanding of the nature of conflict in a variety of settings: family, schools, communities, workplaces, and the international arena. The study of conflict management is interdisciplinary in nature, with a focus on conflict resolution, mediation, peace studies, human rights, violence, and international relations. Materials that address these topics in the context of family conflict and global conflict should be acquired at the advanced study level.

Research in psychology, political science, sociology, communication, business, history, and education is also supported by the Conflict Management collection.


The Center for Conflict Management at The University of Akron is jointly administered by the Departments of Political Science and Sociology. The Center awards a graduate-level certificate in Conflict Management: Family Conflict, a graduate-level certificate in Conflict Management: Global Conflict, and undergraduate minors in Conflict Management and Political Conflict. Each of these interdisciplinary programs analyzes the nature of conflict and conflict resolution.

The required courses for the undergraduate minor in Conflict Management are: Conflict and Mediation; Law, Mediation, and Violence; and, either Sociological Social Psychology, Social Psychology, or Cultural Anthropology. The minor in Political Conflict requires the course Law, Mediation, and Violence. In each minor area of study, students are required to choose from an established list of elective courses in anthropology, sociology, and political science.

Collections in communication, psychology, anthropology, political science, and sociology support the interdisplinary needs of the conflict management Curriculum.

Geographical Coverage:

All areas of the world are studied, but the United States is studied in much greater breadth and depth especially with respect to family conflict.


English-Language materials are collected.

Period Coverage:

Material is collected in all chronological periods, with an emphasis on the understanding and management of contemporary conflicts.

Publication Types:

Journals, monographs, reference works and other sources of published information are acquired.


Monographs, journals, and reference works in print, microform, and electronic Formats are collected. Electronic data files in CD-ROM and direct download Formats are acquired or accessed as part of the University Libraries membership in ICPSR. Videos and other audiovisual materials are acquired selectively for this collection.

Remote Sources:

The University Libraries is an institutional member of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. ICPSR provides access to a variety of data sets useful for research in conflict management (see Guide to Accessing ICPSR Data).The Center for Research Libraries collection and OhioLINK member libraries support advanced studies in many areas of conflict management.


The University of Akron School of Law Library collects materials related to the study and practice of Law. In general, the Conflict Management collection does not duplicate these materials, except with respect to monographs and reference works focusing on mediation.

Policy Revised: 10-2002