Key facts & figures
What? Peace and Conflict Work Online Course
When? August 23 to December 2, 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 16 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.
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, non-violence, conflict 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: Understanding the relevance and use of conflict analysis, introduction to systems thinking and to systemic conflict analysis.
- Power and Identity: Exploring the concepts of power, intersectionality, culture and privilege and the importance of those 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 Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) mind-set in peacebuilding, overview of the most important PME tools used in Peacebuilding, Do No Harm and how it is integrated into the PME.
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.
- Constructive third-party intervention (Lot 3-a): Clarifying the terms and concept of third party intervention (facilitation, dialogue, mediation, and negotiation), clarifying and reflecting on one’s own role, motivation, mandate and legitimization as a peace worker, methods of trust building and creating ‘safe spaces’.
- Self-care and awareness (Lot 3-b): Identifying resources for well-being, 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.
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!
Coaching: To compliment the various learnings of the course and to support the bridge between the course and your professional and personal lives, all participants will be offered 5 coaching sessions with a coach of your choice from our pool.
Yoga: In line with the goal of providing a holistic learning experience, this course offers optional free Yoga sessions, for you to reconnect your body and mind.
- Online Live Sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Monday & Thursdays from 09-11AM CE(S)T, Wednesdays differ depending on your learning & project group, but all these regular live sessions are between 08-12AM CE(S)T
- Marathon Live Sessions (6 hours) on September 17, October 22 and November 26 from 08 AM CE(S)T – 2PM CE(S)T
- 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: 16 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
- 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
You can enrol by clicking on the button below.
(Due to technical issues, please always send an additional e-mail Isabel Zura Mondaca (email@example.com) to inform us that you have just enrolled, even if you receive a message that the seminar is full. Thank you for your understanding!)
Please note that we review applications on a rolling basis. We will contact you as soon as possible after receiving your email for setting the date for an online interview.
The deadline for applications is June 20, 2021.
Open House Sessions
We understand that enrolling for a 15-week online course is a big commitment, so if you are still unsure do not worry: we will conduct a 1-hour-long open house session on June 8 at 09:00 CEST and one on June 9 at 16:00 CEST 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. You will also be able to experience first-hand what our virtual learning environment looks like and try out the tools we will be using. In order to participate, in one of the sessions simply send a message to Isabel Zura Mondaca (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject “Open House Registration June 8 OR 9”, before June 7, 12:00 CEST. We look forward to seeing you there!