The United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) is accepting applications for upcoming online courses. These courses can be taken for graduate level academic credits offered by UPEACE or for training. The courses can also be taken as part of the Online MA programme on ‘Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World’ offered by UPEACE.
Professor: Manish Thapa
18 Apr 2016 – 27 May 2016
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. A portion of the course will also look at governmental support of local terrorist groups that target citizens of their own state. In addition, it will look at counterterrorism and counterinsurgency techniques, including the effects that such activities can have on civil liberties. Finally, the relative success or failure of terrorist groups in achieving their objectives will be evaluated as part of the process of determining what the future is likely to hold.
Professors: Toh Swee-Hin (S. H. Toh) & Virginia Cawagas
11 Apr 2016 – 10 Jun 2016
This course seeks to provide an overview of the relationship between conflicts and social justice at local and global levels as well as peacebuilding initiatives to transform such conflicts in both South and North contexts. Various conceptual frameworks for understanding global and local social justice will be analyzed and critiqued. Drawing on case studies in diverse regions in the Global South, seven specific themes or sectors will be critically examined, including paradigms of development and globalization, rural poor, women, child labour, migrant workers, indigenous peoples and ecological sustainability. The impact of unjust social structures and relationships at international, national and local levels in catalyzing conflicts will be analyzed. Various exemplars of grassroots peacebuilding initiatives and movements to transform these conflicts towards realities that reflect the values and principles of social justice will also be explored. The course also provides a forum for understanding the roles played by NGOs, other civil society organizations and social movements in the building of a just world community.
Karim Mohamed Ahmed El Mantawi
18 Apr 2016 – 17 Jun 2016
The course discusses the complex role and functions played by the media, both traditional and new – and the problems they face in conflict situations, whether before, during or after the actual conflict. It also addresses the conflicting agendas and relationships that often occur among media and governments, the military, other armed players and NGOs, international agencies and humanitarian organizations in these circumstances. The course provides a broad understanding of the history of media in conflict and war situations, and draws the distinction between information and propaganda, while explaining the ways in which media work and produce information and discusses the different roles and functions they actually play – and the possible ones they could play.
The course is intended as a general introduction to these topics. It draws lessons from contemporary experience, with an emphasis on new media, social networks and the role they have played in revolutions and contentious politics against authoritarian regimes in recent years. How do new media and the concept of Web 2.0 affect the relationships between traditional media, audiences and various State and non-state actors? Do social media reinforce narratives of war, conflict and extremism or are they a force for peaceful conflict transformation?
For 2 credits: USD 700
For training: USD 500
For 3 credits: USD 950
For training: USD 750
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