Course goals, content and methods

Our part-time blended learning course combines periods of self-study with residential seminars. During the self-study periods, you will be introduced to the topics online in our virtual academy. The residential seminars will deepen your understanding of all that you have learned, and the group activities will be reviewed as a field of experience.

The course will build on your existing practical skills and prior knowledge and encourage you to reflect on your own attitude. We will systematically examine the relationship between theory and practice.

A comprehensive range of methods relating to conflict analysis, conflict transformation and peace work will be introduced and studied. You will have the opportunity to continuously apply all that you have learned to a group project with practical relevance. This will involve analysing a real-life social conflict and developing options for a (hypothetical) intervention.

Engaging with concepts from peace and conflict research and the field of social psychology facilitates a critical analysis of the societal status quo and common practices within conflict transformation. Reflecting on your own experience and behaviour in conflict situations is integral to the course, as is reviewing group processes.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the “Peace and Conflict Consultant” certificate.

Who is this course intended for?

This course is intended for people who (want to) work in the field of peace and conflict work or conflict-sensitive development.

Course structure

This part-time course in peace and conflict work is held once a year and conducted in German. The blended learning format involves residential seminars and self learning phases supported by e-learning. During the online phases, you are able to work from any location, but will receive support from a tutor and also remain in contact with the other course participants. The content from the online phases will be considered in greater depth and expanded on during the residential seminars.

You will be expected to devote approx. ten hours a week to your studies during the online phases. You will mostly be able to decide for yourself how to spread this workload. Group members must coordinate via email and telephone during the online phases to arrange times when they will work together on group tasks.

Seminar phases:

Seminar phases 2019
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Application process

When selecting our participants, we attach particular importance to learning about your motivation, qualifications and work experience in the field of peace and conflict work.

Requirements for the part-time course:

  • Completed professional/vocational training
  • Minimum of one year of work experience
  • Intercultural experience in your home country or abroad
  • Ability to read and understand English; fluent written and spoken German
  • Willingness to reflect on your own preconceptions and behaviour
  • Willingness to engage in groups and learning processes

Please apply and register for this course on our website. If you meet all of the criteria, we will contact you to arrange an interview and discuss the next steps. Interviews are expected to be held in December 2018.

To provide orientation, we run a number of information days on "Peace Work as a Profession" (in German) during which you will be able to find out more about different ways to get involved in peacebuilding work and the various types of training that we offer.

Our distance training course on peace and conflict work has been approved by the German Central Office for Distance Learning (Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht, ZFU) with the license number 7277814.

Financially supported by

BMZ and ZFD
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