Online Course in Peace and Conflict Work

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Key facts & figures

What? Peace and Conflict Work Online Course

When? 1 March to 10 June 2021 (15 weeks)

How? In a virtual learning environment with a diverse, dynamic and interactive methodology and a combination of live sessions, self-paced learning material, group work, reflection units and the creation of a project.

How much? €2.500 participation fee

With whom? An international group of 15 participants of diverse backgrounds currently working in or aiming to enter the field of civil conflict transformation, peacebuilding or conflict-sensitive development cooperation.

Course goals, content and methods

The 15-week online course in peace and conflict work offers a wealth of opportunities to gain and apply knowledge and skills relevant to conflict transformation. It is as much about acquiring relevant knowledge to specific peacebuilding topics as it is about learning applicable methods and skills.

Through self-reflection and the constant exchange with your peers, trainers and external facilitators we work on attitude, communication and behaviour. We provide you with the necessary tools to understand the theoretical and practical foundations of complex conflict dynamics and the possibilities for non-violent transformation within peacebuilding work. This includes clarifying the key concepts of civil conflict transformation as well as providing a deeper understanding of one’s own role and attitude working in this field.

Your professional and personal backgrounds form the starting point for the collective learning experience in a transcultural setting. Observations during the course, both within the virtual learning environment and outside in your life, will also become a resource for joint exploration of the elements of peace and conflict.

Thanks to the online format, which is supported by a clearly structured and intuitive learning platform, you will be able to take part in the course while remaining at work. This supports the close connection and support between the learning process and the implementation of your new knowledge and perspectives to your personal and professional context. This integration of the learning is additionally fostered by a project, which is planned, developed and conducted in small groups. The combination of a diverse methodology, expert input, dialogue among participants and hands-on application exercises - all supported by the virtual learning atmosphere - will allow you to gain an in-depth understanding of elicitive conflict transformation.

After successful completion of the course you will receive the “Certificate in Peace and Conflict Work“ for deployment on a Civil Peace Service (CPS) project.

Course Structure

The course is divided in five modules; each module lasts three weeks and places the focus on different key aspects of peace and conflict work.

Module 1: Arriving

We arrive to the course, the virtual environment and to the new group of people with whom we will share the upcoming 15 weeks. We dedicate this time and energy to get familiar with the new tools, methods, concepts, goals and values, and thus set a solid foundation for a healthy learning relationship and a satisfying process.

  • Theoretical Foundations: meaning of peace, conflict, violence, security, transformation and peacebuilding.
  • Trust-building: getting to know the group and creating a safe space for learning and sharing

Module 2: Questioning

We begin to explore the basics elements for understanding conflict dynamics and engage in self-reflection to critically question the context of peace and conflict work we move in and our role within those structures.

  • Conflict analysis: elements of a conflict, actors, positions, interests and needs, types of conflict behaviour. Introduction to Systemic Conflict Analysis.
  • Power and Identity: intersectionality, culture, privilege, roles and behaviour within the peacebuilding field.

Module 3: Creating

The focus of this module is placed on understanding how we plan, design and evaluate peace and conflict projects, as well as the limitations and challenges around the tools we use. We dedicate some time to delve into the world of creative approaches to peacebuilding and how they support us in addressing those limitations.

  • Conflict-sensitive approach to project work: Importance of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME), overview of tools, PME mindset in peacebuilding, focus on Do No Harm.

Module 4: Complexifying

In this module, we deconstruct the complexity of bringing people together by looking at different forms of third-party intervention and the role we play in such situations. We question our own legitimacy and mandate and learn to embrace the ambiguity of the complex world we live and work in. We become aware of our own strategies for self-care and self-awareness in order to maintain our wellbeing in the midst of it.

  • Third-party intervention: dialogue, mediation, negotiation, roles and responsibilities, structures within CPS.
  • Self-care: resources for wellbeing, self-awareness, communication, empathy, active listening, storytelling and (re)framing.

Module 5: Integrating

The last module is dedicated to connecting the dots between the different concepts and ideas. We identify on a personal level the most meaningful learnings for ourselves and find ways to integrate those learnings into our lives. We take the time to say goodbye and find ways to stay connected as the online sessions come to an end.

Learning Tracks

Throughout those modules, the work is divided into three parallel learning tracks: the content, the group and the project.

Content: A big part of the learning acquired arrives to the participants in the form of trainer input, reading material, theoretical perspective, discussions and exchange. You do not only receive this information, but we encourage engaging with it in a critical manner and combining it with your own experience in order to derive meaning from it.

Group: Special attention is paid to understanding the group process, reflecting on the dynamics and engaging with the feelings and needs of others. Awareness of oneself and others is an important concept throughout the 15 weeks. The sentence “practice what you preach” applies perfectly. You dedicate time and space to understand the relationships and dynamics in the group as a learning ground for applying the principles of conflict transformation that you analyse from a rational and cognitive perspective in an emotional and embodied manner.

Project: Divided into groups of 4 – 6 people, you develop a small project during the 15 course weeks. As the course progresses and the learnings begin to settle in, you are able to apply your newly acquired knowledge and skills directly to a project of your choice. You conceptualize, design, implement, iterate, present, give and receive feedback and prepare your projects for a complex and dynamic reality!


  • Online Live Sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for 2 hours each
  • 3 Marathon Live Sessions (6 hours)
  • Occasional optional sessions
  • Self-paced learning material: video inputs, literature, group work, podcasts, hands-on tasks, reflection journals
  • Project work: conceptualization and implementation of a group project on the topic of your choice
  • Total workload: 12 – 14 hours per week

Requirements for participation

  • Background and experience
    • Completed professional/vocational training
    • Minimum of two year’s work experience
    • Significant experience’ living or working in a multicultural environment
  • Commitment
    • Willingness to reflect on your own preconceptions and behaviour
    • Willingness to engage in groups and learning processes
  • Language ability
    • Fluent written and spoken English
    • Ability to follow and actively participate in an online course
  • Computer and internet
    • High-quality stable internet connection (at least 1 Mbit download/upload)
    • Computer with functioning camera and microphone
    • Updated version of Google Chrome

Application Procedure

You can enroll by clicking on the button below. Please note that we review applications on a rolling basis. We will contact you as soon as possible for setting the date for an online interview.

The deadline for applications is 20 January 2021.

Open House Sessions

Are you interested in our online professional training in peace and conflict work, but still hesitant to commit? Does it call your attention, but you are unsure of how it will play out in reality? Of course, we fully understand that enrolling for a 15-week online course is a big commitment, that is why we will conduct a 1-hour-long open house session on 11 January 2021 at 16:00 CET and 12 January 2021 at 09:30 CET to provide you with more information on the course and give you an opportunity to meet the educational consultants as well as other (potential) participants and ask all questions you might have.

After a short presentation on the structure, content and methodology of the course you will be able to experience first-hand what our virtual learning environment looks like and try out some of the tools we will be using. We will dedicate the rest of the time to answer your questions and address your doubts and concerns.

There is no fee for this session. In order to participate, simply send a message to our course assistant Isabel Zura Mondaca ( with the subject “Open House Registration [DATE]”. Make sure to indicate the date of the session you would like to attend. Your registration is thereby automatically confirmed and we will send you the link to the session a couple of hours before it begins. We look forward to seeing you there!


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