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Peace and Conflict Studies




36 Months


About the Course

A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Peace and Conflict Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on understanding the nature of conflicts, analyzing their causes and consequences, and exploring strategies for resolving and preventing them. This field of study combines insights from various disciplines such as political science, international relations, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of conflict dynamics and peacebuilding processes.Here are some key features and descriptions of a B.A. program in Peace and Conflict Studies:

1. Interdisciplinary Approach: Peace and Conflict Studies draw upon multiple academic disciplines to analyze conflicts from various perspectives. Students gain knowledge and skills from fields such as political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law, allowing them to examine conflicts from different angles.

2. Conflict Analysis: The program focuses on developing analytical skills to understand the causes, dynamics, and consequences of conflicts. Students learn to examine factors such as power imbalances, social inequality, identity politics, resource scarcity, and political ideologies that contribute to conflicts at different levels, from interpersonal to international.

3. Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution: The program emphasizes the study of strategies and approaches to resolving conflicts and building sustainable peace. Students learn about negotiation, mediation, diplomacy, dialogue facilitation, peacekeeping operations, transitional justice, and post-conflict reconstruction. They explore the theories and practices of conflict resolution and gain practical skills to promote peaceful resolutions.

4. Global Perspective: Peace and Conflict Studies have a global focus, recognizing that conflicts occur at various levels, from local to global. Students examine both intrastate and interstate conflicts, considering regional and international dimensions. They explore the role of international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other actors in conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts.

5. Social Justice and Human Rights: The program highlights the importance of social justice and human rights in peacebuilding. Students examine the impact of conflicts on marginalized groups, human rights abuses, and the role of social movements in advocating for justice and equality. They explore ways to promote human rights and social justice within peacebuilding frameworks.

6. Research and Analysis Skills: Peace and Conflict Studies programs emphasize research and analytical skills. Students learn to critically analyze data, conduct field research, and apply relevant theories and methodologies to understand conflicts. They develop skills in qualitative and quantitative research, data collection, and analysis to inform their understanding of conflicts and peacebuilding processes.

7. Practical Experience: Many programs offer opportunities for practical experience through internships, fieldwork, or study abroad programs. Students may have the chance to work with organizations involved in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, gaining hands-on experience and applying theoretical knowledge in real-world settings.

8. Career Opportunities: A B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies can lead to various career paths. Graduates may work in international organizations, government agencies, NGOs, think tanks, research institutions, or community-based organizations focused on conflict resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian work, human rights advocacy, diplomacy, or policy analysis. Overall, a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies equips students with a multidisciplinary understanding of conflicts, the skills to analyze them critically, and the knowledge to contribute to peacebuilding efforts at local, national, and international levels. 

Your Instructor

Ashley Amerson

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Ashley Amerson
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