10 Years of Building Capacity for Peace in Africa


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A stimulating One Year Masters

List of Courses


List of Courses

1. UPM 6001 – UPEACE Foundation Course (3 credits)
The UPEACE Foundation Course provides a critical and concise introduction to the broad field of “Peace Studies” for students in all UPEACE programs. It initially addresses key conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the origins and development of peace studies as an interdisciplinary area within the fields of international relations and political economy, as well as a basic understanding of conflict analysis.

2. UPM 6002 –Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation (3 credits)
Designed as an advanced workshop, this course provides a conceptual, theoretical and analytical understanding of, as well as practical skills in conflict analysis, negotiation, resolution and transformation essential in peacebuilding within and between states. Drawing on examples of complex conflicts involving nation-states, non-state groups, communities and citizens, students will examine various frameworks and tools for analyzing those conflicts, including the drivers, processes of escalation and conditions for de-escalation.

3. UPM 6003 – The United Nations System (3 credits)
Ever since its establishment in 1945, the United Nations has played a pivotal role in a great variety of affairs, large or small, international and national. As such the UN has played an incisive role in the lives of people around the world. Much of what the UN does is taken for granted and even goes unnoticed by the larger public, even as an oft quoted saying argues that ‘if the UN did not exist it would have to be invented’. At the same time, millions around the world look to the UN expecting it to address many of the enormous challenges faced by humankind. This complex dynamics is complemented by the fact that the UN is both reliant on what the member states want, while at the same time being much more than the sum of its members.

4. PCS 6008 – Research Methodology (3 credits)
The central goal of this course is to provide the students with a critical understanding of research methodologies used in the social sciences, particularly those that are relevant to peace and conflict studies and peace-building. Students will also get an introduction into the field of peace education as a tool for various research fields in peace studies.

5. IPS 6049 – Introduction to International Peace Studies (3 credits)
This course presents a comprehensive and critical overview of key conceptual and theoretical ideas, themes and alternative paradigms in International Peace Studies, including a conceptual grounding in the interrelated fields of international relations/security, conflict analysis, resolution and transformation, militarization and disarmament, and the related roles of international organizations.

6. IPS 6056 – Security Sector Reform (3 credits)
This course provides a basic introduction to the concept of “Security Sector Reform” (SSR) which is widely recognized as a vital component of building sustainable peace in societies in post-conflict contexts. Such reform is necessary to enhance the security and safety of people and for preventing emerging or recurring crises and conflicts.

7. IPS 6055 – Terrorism and Conflict: Issues and Perspectives (3 credits)
The course will focus on terrorism and related forms of political violence from a comparative and global perspective. It will look at definitions, the prevalence of terrorism, techniques, the choice of targets, the effects of the media, and sources of support. The course will also look at different types of terrorist organizations including ones that are primarily seeking to attain ideological objectives, groups with an ethnic or nationalist agenda, organizations with religious motivations, and those groups with a mixture of motives that are difficult to disentangle

8. IPS 6058 – Transnational Organized Crime (3 credits)
The course seeks to provide a comprehensive and critical understanding of the expanding global problem of transnational organized crime which is undermining peace and human security, fuelling internal and international conflicts or violence, accentuating human rights violations and impacting negatively on the political, economic, social and cultural development of societies worldwide.

9. IPS 6030 – International Political Economy of Peace and Conflict (3 credits)
Political and Economic governance has implications for peace and conflict at the global, regional and national levels. This module explores the intricate link between the two areas of study namely peace and conflict studies on the one hand and political economy on the other. The establishment, development and evolution of political economic institutions and instruments will be examined and discussed within the context of a sustainable peace and conflict resolution paradigm.

10. DIL 6077 – Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law (3 credits)
Gross violations of human rights, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide are have characterized a number of contemporary conflicts and authoritarian regimes. In such contexts, questions of impunity and accountability become central to peacebuilding and reconstruction of post-conflict societies. Yet, criminal prosecution of persecutors poses challenges for post-conflict reconciliation, particularly when such reconciliation is contingent upon demands for amnesty. This course takes a holistic view on the debates surrounding linkages between serious crimes and justice.

11. DIL 6078 – Universal and Regional Mechanism for Human Rights protection (3 credits)
The contemporary human rights project that began in the aftermath of World War II with the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has seen the emergence and proliferation of several specialized mechanisms at the global and regional levels for the protection of human rights. This course seeks to provide students with a solid theoretical and practical understanding of such universal and regional human rights mechanisms. Within the universal system, this course will explore the procedures and practices of the principal organs of the United Nations, the UN Charter bodies and Treaty bodies, the role of the Human Rights Council and its special procedures, as well as the role of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

12. GPB 6026 – Gender in Peacebuilding and Human Security (3 credits)
This course constitutes an advanced seminar in Gender Studies specifically as it applies to peace building, violence, conflict creation and resolution. It examines the complex relationships between gender(s), race, ethnicity, nationalism, religion, militarization and masculinities-femininities both in the domestic and the public spheres. The entire focus of the course is in assessing the possibilities of engendering, from a power dynamics perspective, notions of peace, security conflict, justice, reconstruction, reparations, pre-post conflict gender arrangements and in challenging discourses and practices which invisibilize, minimize or justify the domination of women worldwide.

13. IPS 7000/IPS 7003 Research Project/Internship/Study Visits (8 Credits)
The Graduation Project is a concluding academic requirement intended to be a comprehensive and capstone outcome of the student educational performance. It is a higher academic exercise that enables the student to demonstrate the ability to identify a problem, determine an academic objective to address it and utilize an appropriate methodology to attain such objective. The Graduation Project is also intended to demonstrate the student’s ability to write and critically develop a professional and scholarly report. The Graduation Project can be fulfilled through one of the following modalities:Research Project/Internship/Study Visits.

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