Online Course Peace and Conflict Work
The 15-week online course in peace and conflict work offers a wealth of opportunities to gain and apply knowledge and skills relevant to conflict transformation. It is as much about acquiring relevant knowledge to specific peacebuilding topics as it is about learning applicable methods and skills.
Through self-reflection and the constant exchange with your peers, trainers and external facilitators we work on attitude, communication and behavior. We provide you with the necessary tools to understand the theoretical and practical foundations of complex conflict dynamics and the possibilities for non-violent transformation within peacebuilding work. This includes clarifying the key concepts of civil conflict transformation as well as providing a deeper understanding of one’s own role and attitude working in this field.
Module 1: Arriving
Theoretical Foundations: meaning of peace, conflict, violence, security, transformation and peacebuilding.
Trust-building: getting to know the group and creating a safe space for learning and sharing
Module 2: Questioning
We begin to explore the basics elements for understanding conflict dynamics and engage in self-reflection to critically question the context of peace and conflict work we move in and our role within those structures.
Conflict analysis: elements of a conflict, actors, positions, interests and needs, types of conflict behaviour. Introduction to Systemic Conflict Analysis.
Power and Identity: intersectionality, culture, privilege, roles and behaviour within the peacebuilding field.
Module 3: Creating
The focus of this module is placed on understanding how we plan, design and evaluate peace and conflict projects, as well as the limitations and challenges around the tools we use. We dedicate some time to delve into the world of creative approaches to peacebuilding and how they support us in addressing those limitations.
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Do No Harm, Outcome Mapping, Reflecting on Peace Practice. Limitations, participatory tools & creative approaches.
Module 4: Complexifying
In this module, we deconstruct the complexity of bringing people together by looking at different forms of third-party intervention and the role we play in such situations. We question our own legitimacy and mandate and learn to embrace the ambiguity of the complex world we live and work in. We become aware of our own strategies for self-care and self-awareness in order to maintain our wellbeing in the midst of it.
Third-party intervention: dialogue, mediation, negotiation, roles and responsibilities, structures within CPS.
Self-care: resources for wellbeing, self-awareness, communication, empathy, active listening, storytelling and (re)framing.
Module 5: Integrating
Background and experience
- Completed professional/vocational training
- Minimum of two year’s work experience
- Significant experience’ living or working in a multicultural environment
- Willingness to reflect on your own preconceptions and behaviour
- Willingness to engage in groups and learning processes
- Fluent written and spoken English
- Ability to follow and actively participate in an online course
Computer and internet
- High-quality stable internet connection (at least 1 Mbit download/upload)
- Computer with functioning camera and microphone
- Updated version of Google Chrome
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