This course introduces the psychology of human aggression and violence - its roots, causes and effects on individuals, groups and societies - as well as psychosocial approaches to violence prevention and recovery, and psychological foundations for interpersonal and intergroup peace. Topics are grounded in international research, theory and practice.
This course will help participants:
- To understand the psychological causes and effects of human violence and aggression on individuals, groups and societies;
- To understand the psychological foundations of peace;
- To identify social-psychological processes that can help prevent violent conflict;
- To recognize appropriate social and psychological strategies for creating safe spaces, promoting healing and reconciliation, and preventing the outbreak of new cycles of violence;
- To strengthen awareness of strategies for psychological self‐care and resilience
- To reflect on the links between one’s own experiences, worldview, behaviour and agency to build peace.
Weekly topics include:
- Psychological causes of human aggression and violence
- Social-psychology of intergroup conflict and reconciliation
- Effects of violence-induced trauma on individuals and communities
- Psychological coping and care in peacebuilding contexts
- Role of healing in peacebuilding and reconciliation
Online Live Sessions: Take-off session: October 27; live sessions from 3 November to 15 December 2021; every Wednesday from 12:00 to 14:00 CET
The course employs a blended-learning approach, combining video lectures, self-paced readings and individual reflection assignments with live sessions, online exercises and exchange that deepen participants’ understanding of these topics and their implications for practice in settings affected by conflict, violence and fragility.
To obtain a certificate of completion for the course, participants are expected to: listen to weekly video lectures, read assigned articles, complete weekly individual reflection exercises, contribute 1 written remark each week to the group discussion Forum, attend a minimum of 4 live sessions and complete online self-paced quizzes.
Participants will have the option to share a 5-10 minute podcast on a peace psychology topic or practice of their choosing with the group.
Total expected weekly hours: 4 – 6 hours (including live sessions)