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Forgiveness and Reconciliation (training course)

May 23 @ 8:30 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm

Taught by Hizkias Assefa

This course will explore the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation, their various components, and the place they occupy in the spectrum of the various social science conflict-handling mechanisms. It will examine the concepts from different philosophical, cultural, and disciplinary perspectives, while looking at how they have been used for healing interpersonal relationships, as well as addressing large-scale social (political, inter-ethnic or international) conflicts. Although the main emphasis will be on social conflicts, the personal, psychological, spiritual and ecological dimensions of forgiveness and reconciliation and their interrelationships with one another will be explored. The course will involve lectures, discussion, group work, student presentations, and writing assignments.

There are many methods for creating and facilitating trainings. In order to create a training that will not only be delivered successfully, but where knowledge is retained, the facilitator needs to know the learners in the training, their experiences, and their own needs and interests for the training. This course begins with the premise that learners must be empowered to learn in a way that works for them, and that traditional educational methods simply are not well-suited to learning that lasts beyond the event itself.

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