University for Peace

Introduction

Headquartered in Costa Rica, the United Nations-mandated University for Peace was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly. As determined in the Charter of the University, the mission of the University for Peace is: “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”

To ensure academic freedom, the University was established under its own Charter, approved by the General Assembly. UPEACE is not subject to UN regulations and is directed by its own Council of renowned personalities with expertise in peace and security matters. This has allowed the University to move rapidly and to innovate, focusing its new, rigorous academic programme on the fundamental causes of conflict through a multidisciplinary, multicultural-oriented approach.

The wider mission of the University should be seen in the context of the worldwide peace and security objectives of the United Nations. The central importance of education, training and research in all their aspects to build the foundations of peace and progress and to reduce the prejudice and hatred on which violence, conflict and terrorism are based is increasingly recognized. The Charter of the University calls for UPEACE “to contribute to the great universal task of educating for peace by engaging in teaching, research, post-graduate training and dissemination of knowledge fundamental to the full development of the human person and societies through the interdisciplinary study of all matters related to peace”.

Funding of UPEACE programmes comes from the support of a number of donor governments, foundations and institutions who believe in the mission of the University. Fundraising for an endowment fund is in progress.

The vision of UPEACE is to become a network of collaborating UPEACE centres and activities in different regions, guided from its headquarters in Costa Rica and cooperating with a large number of universities, NGOs and other partners on education and research for peace.

Then Charter of the University sets out in its appendix the following general principles:

  1. The persistence of war in the history of mankind and the growing threats against peace in recent decades jeopardize the very existence of the human race and make it imperative that peace should no longer be viewed as a negative concept, as the end of conflict or as a simple diplomatic compromise, but rather that it should be achieved and ensured through the most valuable and most effective resource that man possesses: education.
  2. Peace is the primary and irrevocable obligation of a nation and the fundamental objective of the United Nations; it is the reason for its existence. However, the best tool for achieving this supreme good for humankind, namely education, has not been used.
  3. Many nations and international organizations have attempted to attain peace through disarmament. This effort must be continued; yet facts show that man should not be too optimistic as long as the human mind has not been imbued with the notion of peace from an early age. It is necessary to break the vicious circle of struggling for peace without an educational foundation.
  4. This is the challenge that now faces all nations and all men as the twenty-first century approaches. The decision must be made to save the human race, which is threatened by war, through education for peace. If education has been the instrument of science and technology, there is all the more reason to use it to achieve this primary right of the human being.
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Maestría en Resolución de Conflictos, Paz y Desarollo

Campus Full time March 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

El programa que presenta la Universidad para la Paz en idioma español tiene como objetivo formar líderes con los elementos de un desarrollo humano integral para el siglo XXI. [+]

La Universidad para la Paz (UPAZ) ha venido desarrollado un conjunto de programas de maestría y de cursos cortos en idioma inglés de forma exclusiva. Sin embargo, desde hace ya 2 años, la demanda por cursos en idioma español en el área de los estudios de Paz, Desarrollo y Derechos Humanos, ha impulsado a la Universidad a ofrecer algunos de estos programas de manera paralela a sus programas de maestría. Estos cursos han conseguido un importante interés, el cual se ha traducido en un número considerable de participantes. Es por esta razón que la Universidad para la Paz ha decidido responder a esta importante demanda a través del programa de Maestría en Resolución de Conflictos, Paz y Desarrollo, la cual refleja el paradigma fundamental del mandato de la Asamblea General de la ONU a la UPAZ. El programa que presenta la Universidad para la Paz en idioma español tiene como objetivo formar líderes con los elementos de un desarrollo humano integral para el siglo XXI. El núcleo esencial de esa formación permitirá entender que los conflictos que enfrentamos deben de ser transformados y resueltos pacíficamente, pues solo así pueden sentarse las bases para la paz. La conjunción de estos elementos permite acceder al desarrollo en todas sus facetas: un desarrollo humano, sustentable y sostenible. Esta Maestría es una versión en español de los cursos ofrecidos por la Universidad para la Paz en el idioma inglés, ampliamente establecidos en el sistema internacional y con un importante número de egresados trabajando actualmente en Naciones Unidas, en organizaciones no gubernamentales, en gobiernos e instituciones del sector público y en el sector privado a nivel global. Para esto, nuestra visión apoya las nociones de las Naciones Unidas de que tanto la paz, el desarrollo humano y la transformación y resolución de conflictos deben de contener transversalmente elementos referidos a la equidad de género y al principio de la no discriminación, fuere esta racial, social, de conciencia, de culto, o de otro tipo. Estos enunciados se consideran pre-requisitos, no solo para el desarrollo sino para la sobrevivencia del planeta. Es por ello que este programa aborda estas tres facetas dentro los cuatro pilares fundamentales de las Naciones Unidas: Paz, Derechos Humanos, Desarrollo Sustentable – el mismo que conlleva la eliminación de la pobreza extrema – y Cambio Climático. Perfil de ingreso: Bachillerato o Licenciatura en Ciencias Sociales, Ciencias Políticas, Relaciones Internacionales, Derecho o disciplinas afines con un mínimo de dos años de graduación. Otras disciplinas requieren un mínimo de cinco años de experiencia en áreas relacionadas. Perfil de egreso: El profesional que obtenga la Maestría en Resolución de Conflictos, Paz y Desarrollo estará en capacidad de: Entender la naturaleza de las relaciones internacionales contemporáneas en un contexto multilateral y globalizado, incluyendo en este contexto el conocimiento sobre la situación en general de aquellos seres humanos excluidos y marginalizados de la toma de decisiones, del acceso a los recursos y tecnologías moderna y a la educación, todo lo cual impide el establecimiento de un desarrollo sustentable y justo. Dominar los principales elementos de la agenda de las relaciones internacionales, en especial, las que forman parte de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas, la OEA y sus organizaciones y agencias asociadas. Preparar a los egresados para trabajar en la administración pública de cualquier estado, o en el sistema internacional o en ONG con elementos internacionales e inclusivos en su agenda. Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m (En casos extraordinarios pueden haber lecciones en horas de la tarde). [-]

Master in International Law and Human Rights

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

The human rights specialization offers students an in-depth review of the procedures and practice of international human rights bodies, at the global and UN level as well as at the regional level. [+]

The Masters Programme in International Law provides students with a rigorous understanding of the role of law in today’s complex global society. Though international law has a long history, the last century has seen an impressive expansion of the role of law and legal institutions in international and transnational relations, involving not just states, but an increasing array of various types of actors. Our Masters Programme provides an introduction to this dynamic field as well as the opportunity to gain a solid and critical understanding of public international law and its various underpinnings. Aside from a focus on the foundational principles and values of the international legal system, various courses deal with the broad range of international institutions that play a pivotal role in the development of international law as well as in its implementation and enforcement. Our courses are taught by faculty with rich international experience, as well as by visiting professors from prestigious universities and key international organizations (UN, UNHCR, ICRC, etc.). Our faculty has long-standing experience in teaching both lawyers and students from different disciplines. The in-class experience offers an exciting and diverse environment, with students hailing from all over the world and a broad range of backgrounds. The Master Programme begins with core foundational courses in the field, including public international law and human rights. Against this background, considerable attention will be given to the role of international law in conflict and peace, in particular to questions of collective security arrangements, international humanitarian law, and peacebuilding. Specific attention will be given to post-conflict situations and ‘transitional justice’ mechanisms, which call for complex international legal and policy arrangements, and are crucial for the implementation of international human rights standards. In particular, it will examine how international criminal law and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have become a crucial part of this framework. In addition, the Programme provides an understanding of the position and protection of the most vulnerable, in particular refugees and the stateless. Subsequently, students can choose to specialize in one of two different directions: international law and human rights or international law and the settlement of disputes. Specialization in International Law and Human Rights The human rights specialization offers students an in-depth review of the procedures and practice of international human rights bodies, at the global and UN level as well as at the regional level. Students will gain an understanding of the various judicial and non-judicial bodies that are at the frontline of questions of interpretation, the development of international human rights standards, and enforcement. In addition, students receive training in hands on skills in the realm of reporting, monitoring and evaluation of human rights. Finally, as the globalization of business and investment is increasing in force and speed, with important human rights implications, this specialization explores the interaction between economics and rights, asking critical questions about this process and potential solutions. Courses Common to all UPEACE Master Programmes UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits) UPeace Resident Faculty UPM 6003 The United Nations System and UPMUNC (3 Credits) Miriam Estrada and Mayumi Yamada, and Ross Ryan (UPMUNC) UPM 6002 Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation (3 Credits) Manish Thapa. Cross-listed courses to both specialization programs ILHR & ILSD DIL-6030 Foundation Course on Public International Law (3 credits) Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Miriam Estrada and Mihir Kanade. DIL-6059 Foundation Course on Human Rights Law (3 credits) Mihir Kanade and Miriam Estrada. DIL-6085 International Law Related to Armed Conflict (3 credits) Héctor Olasolo, Miriam Estrada and Mihir Kanade. DIL-6077 Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law (3 credits) Miriam Estrada. DIL-6079 International Protection of Vulnerable Groups and Persons (3 credits) UNHCR Team, ILO Team and Mihir Kanade. Graduation Project DIL-7100 Independent Studies Paper (8 Credits) DIL-7400 Final Graduation Project Internship (8 Credits) DIL-7500 Final Graduation Project Capstone Track (5 Credits) Courses for Specialization in International Law and Human Rights ILHR DIL-6078 Universal & Regional Mechanisms for Human Rights Protection (3 credits) Pia Carazo, Frans Viljoen and Olger González. DIL-6080 Human Rights Reporting, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3 credits) Jan Hessbruegge. DIL-6043 Globalization and Human Rights (3 credits) Mihir Kanade. [-]

Master International Law and the Settlement of Disputes

Campus Full time 1 year Costa Rica

The specialization in international dispute settlement offers students an understanding of the role that international law and institutions play in the settlement of international and transnational disputes. [+]

The Masters Programme in International Law provides students with a rigorous understanding of the role of law in today’s complex global society. Though international law has a long history, the last century has seen an impressive expansion of the role of law and legal institutions in international and transnational relations, involving not just states, but an increasing array of various types of actors. Our Masters Programme provides an introduction to this dynamic field as well as the opportunity to gain a solid and critical understanding of public international law and its various underpinnings. Aside from a focus on the foundational principles and values of the international legal system, various courses deal with the broad range of international institutions that play a pivotal role in the development of international law as well as in its implementation and enforcement. Our courses are taught by faculty with rich international experience, as well as by visiting professors from prestigious universities and key international organizations (UN, UNHCR, ICRC, etc.). Our faculty has long-standing experience in teaching both lawyers and students from different disciplines. The in-class experience offers an exciting and diverse environment, with students hailing from all over the world and a broad range of backgrounds. The Master Programme begins with core foundational courses in the field, including public international law and human rights. Against this background, considerable attention will be given to the role of international law in conflict and peace, in particular to questions of collective security arrangements, international humanitarian law, and peacebuilding. Specific attention will be given to post-conflict situations and ‘transitional justice’ mechanisms, which call for complex international legal and policy arrangements, and are crucial for the implementation of international human rights standards. In particular, it will examine how international criminal law and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have become a crucial part of this framework. In addition, the Programme provides an understanding of the position and protection of the most vulnerable, in particular refugees and the stateless. Subsequently, students can choose to specialize in one of two different directions: international law and human rights or international law and the settlement of disputes. Specialization in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes The specialization in international dispute settlement offers students an understanding of the role that international law and institutions play in the settlement of international and transnational disputes. This specialization examines the role of national and international courts and tribunals in contributing to the settlement of disputes. As international and transnational adjudication has acquired a more prominent role in international relations, it is essential to understand how these global and regional courts are responding to the challenges of the early 21st Century. Students will examine the role of law in traditional and not-so traditional territorial and boundary disputes, and acquire an overview of the law of the sea. And finally, they will be examine the increasingly important field of dispute settlement in international economic relations, which will include investment arbitration. Courses Common to all UPEACE Programs UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits) UPeace Resident Faculty UPM 6003 The United Nations System and UPMUNC (3 Credits) Miriam Estrada and Mayumi Yamada, and Ross Ryan (UPMUNC) UPM 6002 Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation (3 Credits) Manish Thapa. Cross-listed courses to both specialization ILHR & ILSD programs DIL-6030 Foundation Course on Public International Law (3 credits) Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Miriam Estrada and Mihir Kanade. DIL-6059 Foundation Course on Human Rights Law (3 credits) Mihir Kanade and Miriam Estrada. DIL-6085 International Law Related to Armed Conflict (3 credits) Héctor Olasolo, Miriam Estrada and Mihir Kanade. DIL-6077 Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law (3 credits) Miriam Estrada. DIL-6079 International Protection of Vulnerable Groups and Persons (3 credits) UNHCR Team, ILO Team and Mihir Kanade. Graduation Project DIL-7100 Independent Studies Paper (8 Credits) DIL-7200 Final Graduation Project Internship (8 Credits) DIL-7500 Final Graduation Project Capstone Track (5 Credits) Courses for Specialization in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes ILSD DIL-6160 International and Transnational Adjudication (3 credits) Miriam Estrada. DIL-6026 International Economic Law (3 credits) Mihir Kanade. DIL-6081 Maritime & Territorial Dispute Settlement (3 credits) Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo and Gudmundur Eiriksson. [-]

Masters degree in Urban Governance and Peace

Campus Full time 11 months February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

The Masters degree in Urban Governance and Peace approaches these challenges in a unique way by posing the question ‘What is a peaceful city?’ and crucially... [+]

Masters degree in Urban Governance and Peace

 

Between 2007 and 2008 a famous ‘tipping-point’ was reached. For the first time in history the majority of the world's population began living in cities and not in rural areas. In recent years, much of this flow has been accounted for by a rapidly urbanising Global South, and we have seen a boom in the number of ‘mega-cities’ with over five million dwellers across the planet. In this context, the present and future of humanity is increasingly urban, and the challenges, and also solution for humankind, will have an increasingly urban face.The Masters degree in Urban Governance and Peace approaches these challenges in a unique way by posing the question ‘What is a peaceful city?’ and crucially, ‘How can such a city be achieved and sustained?’Building the peaceful and sustainable cities we want begins here.... [-]


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MA in Gender and Peacebuilding (GPB)

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

The Master of Arts Degree Programme in Gender and Peace Building offers critical knowledge and training in gender studies, which is a crucial aspect of any and all peace efforts. [+]

The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies is an integrated grouping of programmes that affiliate, interrelate and synergize around core themes and perspectives in conflict analysis and the challenges to peacebuilding. The programmes share a common goal of providing a critical understanding and analysis of root causes of conflicts and violence in diverse local, national, global and societal contexts, while specifically focusing on various dimensions, strategies, sectors, institutions and levels of conflict resolution and transformation to build a peaceful world. Gender and Peacebuilding The Master of Arts Degree Programme in Gender and Peace Building offers critical knowledge and training in gender studies, which is a crucial aspect of any and all peace efforts. The programme deals in depth with the diverse and international aspects of gender as they relate to violence, peace negotiations, peace building and peacekeeping in different locations on the planet. The programme also encompasses the many fields of knowledge in which gender plays a crucial role. The needs and interests of students and professionals are carefully considered in the design and implementation of the programme. The 41 credit programme is distributed over two semesters and one research term for a total duration of 11 months. Courses are taught in intensive three week time periods, requiring 45 hours of class work, under the guidance of highly qualified professors and recognized international guest lecturers. During the final term, participants are expected to finalize their work at UPEACE’s main campus through the completion of a Graduation Project (Thesis or Internship or Capstone). Exit Profile Upon graduation, participants may expect to successfully apply for grant proposals, as well as to design, implement and evaluate a variety of programmes and projects, based upon a profound knowledge of the conflicts and struggles brought about by discrimination based on gender-oriented power relations. Graduates will be able to recognize the enormous possibilities that a gender perspective offers to men and women in the prevention of conflicts, sitting at the negotiating table, or participating in post-conflict intervention. They will also be able to implement the concepts of equality in their daily lives. [-]

MA in International Peace Studies (IPS)

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

The Master of Arts Degree Programme in International Peace Studies (IPS) provides an interdisciplinary and critical understanding and analysis of the causes and consequences of a wide range of contemporary conflicts and violence that impact on global, international and human security. [+]

The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies is an integrated grouping of programmes that affiliate, interrelate and synergize around core themes and perspectives in conflict analysis and the challenges to peacebuilding. The programmes share a common goal of providing a critical understanding and analysis of root causes of conflicts and violence in diverse local, national, global and societal contexts, while specifically focusing on various dimensions, strategies, sectors, institutions and levels of conflict resolution and transformation to build a peaceful world. International Peace Studies The Master of Arts Degree Programme in International Peace Studies (IPS) provides an interdisciplinary and critical understanding and analysis of the causes and consequences of a wide range of contemporary conflicts and violence that impact on global, international and human security. Multiple sources and categories of violence to be explored include militarization, armed conflicts, “terrorism,” economic, social and gender injustices, cultural and religious identities, transnational organized crime and competition over environmental resources. Drawing on case-studies and exemplars from diverse regions and societies, the programme also examines strategies and organizational/institutional frameworks and mechanisms, including initiatives of the UN, other international/regional agencies and civil society organizations and movements, for resolving and transforming such conflicts and building peace at local, national, international and global levels. Graduates of the programme will gain knowledge, capacities, skills and motivation relevant to professional work in international, national and local government or civil society agencies or organizations in fields related to conflict analysis, resolution and transformation; nonviolence; disarmament; peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding; security sector reform; local/global justice; transnational organized crime; and conflict and peace-sensitive policy-making as well as peace and conflict studies/research. Exit Profile Graduates of this MA programme are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to work in international organizations – both governmental and non-governmental – where they are leading development and humanitarian programmes; in foreign ministries, performing initial diplomatic tasks; and universities, teaching subjects related to peace, security, and conflict management. [-]

MA in Media, Peace & Conflict Studies (MPCS)

Campus Full time 1 week February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

This Master of Arts Degree Programme in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies (MPCS) is designed for students from diverse cultural, professional, and academic backgrounds who seek to engage with and understand contemporary trends in media and communications, particularly as they relate to social processes of peace and conflict. [+]

The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies is an integrated grouping of programmes that affiliate, interrelate and synergize around core themes and perspectives in conflict analysis and the challenges to peacebuilding. The programmes share a common goal of providing a critical understanding and analysis of root causes of conflicts and violence in diverse local, national, global and societal contexts, while specifically focusing on various dimensions, strategies, sectors, institutions and levels of conflict resolution and transformation to build a peaceful world. Media, Peace and Conflict Studies This Master of Arts Degree Programme in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies (MPCS) is designed for students from diverse cultural, professional, and academic backgrounds who seek to engage with and understand contemporary trends in media and communications, particularly as they relate to social processes of peace and conflict. Emphasis is placed on the intersection of theory and practice, that is, on media analysis and media production, and special attention is paid to debates around ethical principles in news reporting, such as those suggested by the concept of Peace Journalism, and the wide-reaching implications of 21st Century information technologies. Exit Profile Students who have completed the MA in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies have gone on to work in communications, post-conflict assistance, and peace building through international organizations such as the UN, national governments or non-governmental organizations, as well as in the media and academia. They also have the skills to do media monitoring and content analysis with a media watchdog. [-]

MA in Peace Education (PE)

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

The Master of Arts Degree Programme in Peace Education Programme seeks to develop and strengthen the capacity of educators to build a peaceful world in all levels and dimensions of life. [+]

The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies is an integrated grouping of programmes that affiliate, interrelate and synergize around core themes and perspectives in conflict analysis and the challenges to peacebuilding. The programmes share a common goal of providing a critical understanding and analysis of root causes of conflicts and violence in diverse local, national, global and societal contexts, while specifically focusing on various dimensions, strategies, sectors, institutions and levels of conflict resolution and transformation to build a peaceful world. Peace Education The Master of Arts Degree Programme in Peace Education Programme seeks to develop and strengthen the capacity of educators to build a peaceful world in all levels and dimensions of life. Through coursework and independent research or internship experiences complemented with a unique and cooperative learning environment at UPEACE, students will be enhanced in their values formation, knowledge and skills essential to the contributions of formal and non-formal educators and institutions toward resolving and transforming conflicts and violence towards a holistic culture of peace. The programme will provide both a critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of peace education as well as engagement with a broad spectrum of critical, participatory and transformative pedagogies. Based on the work, programs and projects of educational institutions and organizations, including schools, universities, UN agencies such as UNESCO, UNICEF and UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, local/international NGOs and other civil society organizations or institutions, students will explore how education is essential in promoting disarmament and nonviolence, local/global justice, intercultural and interfaith understanding, human rights, gender equality, sustainable futures and preventing or addressing emergencies arising from armed conflicts, natural disasters and health crises. Exit Profile Graduates of the programme will be sensitive to peace-oriented values and principles and empowered with a critical understanding and knowledge of the root causes of diverse conflicts as well as nonviolent strategies for transforming these conflicts toward a peaceful world. They will also be able to share creative curriculum and pedagogical skills in peace education in formal contexts (e.g., schools, universities, departments or ministries of education) and equally in non-formal and community contexts (e.g., intergovernmental or state agencies, private sector, NGOs, and CSOs). [-]

Master of Arts (MA) degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

Our Master of Arts (MA) degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED) emphasizes economic and management perspectives of peace while focusing on the concepts of sustainability and responsibility. [+]

Our Master of Arts (MA) degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED) emphasizes economic and management perspectives of peace while focusing on the concepts of sustainability and responsibility. Its creation was based on the belief that to better contribute to the promotion of sustainable peace, it is imperative to explore what role the economy plays in the world today and its impact on our environment and societies’ wellbeing. Issues of rural and urban poverty, growing inequalities and disparities, environmental degradation, financial crises and globalization are challenging political economic stability and social cohesion in all societies. Modern society faces the growing challenge of sustainability; finding solutions that will maintain and protect social systems for future generations. Students from the RMSED Program will become responsible managers with strong emphasis on sustainability that will be able to work in the corporate sector, public sector or social sector, both in industrialized and developing countries. So what is RMSED? It is not a Master's degree in business nor economics, it is something which incorporates and goes beyond both. The degree offers alternative methods of managing the ever-evolving political, economic and social problems faced by many societies. We will challenge you to analyze, debate and find creative solutions for building a better world. We need you in order to overcome today's challenges with your experiences, expertise and innovative ideas. So what are you waiting for? Join us! [-]

Master of Arts (MA) degree Water Cooperation and Peace

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

This programme, through a multidisciplinary approach, will provide participants with a theoretical and historical understanding of conflict and peace dynamics and frame issues of water security and cooperation in the broader context of environmental issues, in depth knowledge of and skills in critical analysis of water conflicts, an understanding of socio-hydrological dynamics, decision making processes on water resources and services management, water diplomacy, water dispute prevention, management and resolution skills and tools to promote/achieve water security and to ensure dialogue and cooperation between different and competing users at different scales. [+]

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE), the University for Peace (UPEACE) and Oregon State University (OSU), institutions with a unique range of expertise, have jointly developed a new Master programme on Water Cooperation and Peace, which has been endorsed by UNESCO’s “From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential PCCP” programme. This programme, through a multidisciplinary approach, will provide participants with a theoretical and historical understanding of conflict and peace dynamics and frame issues of water security and cooperation in the broader context of environmental issues, in depth knowledge of and skills in critical analysis of water conflicts, an understanding of socio-hydrological dynamics, decision making processes on water resources and services management, water diplomacy, water dispute prevention, management and resolution skills and tools to promote/achieve water security and to ensure dialogue and cooperation between different and competing users at different scales. Additionally the programme will offer the opportunity to undertake fieldwork and hands-on experience in Costa Rica, The Netherlands and USA. Participants will be exposed to different case studies, involving diverse challenges and contexts at different scales. The taught part of the course will begin at UPEACE in Costa Rica, continue at UNESCO-IHE in The Netherlands, where also part of the course will be taught at the Clingendael Institute for International Relations, and end at OSU in the US. The research element can be carried out at any of the three institutions. [-]

Master of Arts in Environment, Development, and Peace (EDP)

Campus Full time 10 - 15 months February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

The MA in Environment, Development, and Peace (EDP) provides comprehensive training in issues of sustainable development, environmental governance, natural... [+]

Master of Arts in Environment, Development, and Peace (EDP)

 

The MA in Environment, Development, and Peace (EDP) provides comprehensive training in issues of sustainable development, environmental governance, natural resource management, and environmental conflict management from both ecological and social perspectives.  It encompasses a broad range of subjects and themes, including Food Systems, Water Management, Forestry, Coastal Resources, Climate Change, and Sustainable Tourism. The program focuses on the human dimensions of the environment-development nexus, highlighting the connections between local perspectives and broader processes at the national, regional and global levels and emphasizing the importance of political economic structures and inequality in access to resources as key drivers in environmental conflict and global environmental change. The programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in both environmental and development policy and programming in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.... [-]


Master of Arts in Environment, Development, and Peace - Environmental Security and Governance

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

Courses in this specialization critically engage with the ways in which environmental issues are framed as security issues and the potential consequences of this approach for environmental governance. [+]

The Department of Environment and Development focuses on efforts to reconcile poverty alleviation withenvironmental protection in a manner that contributes to peaceful conflict resolution. We emphasize sustained critical analysis in order to formulate solutions that do not just deal with surface issues but address the root causes of environmental problems and underdevelopment. Our approach is grounded in political ecology, an interdisciplinary perspective that highlights the importance of political economic structures and inequality in access to resources as key drivers in environmental conflict and global environmental change. Our teaching, based in principles of peace education, promotes student-centered learning and active participation through collaborative discussion. We take full advantage of our unique location in Costa Rica by including within all of our courses case studies and field visits to explore the many innovative sustainable development projects occurring throughout the country. Our students have gone on to successful careers with a wide variety of organizations, including UN agencies, government offices around the world, NGOs both local and international, and progressive private sector firms. Many have also continued in higher education, pursuing doctoral degrees in the social sciences. By joining the Department, you therefore become part of a growing global network of scholars and practitioners working towards sustainable development and environmental peacebuilding. Specialization in Environmental Security and Governance Our specialization in Environmental Security and Governance (ESG) is designed for those wishing to critically engage with issues concerning Global Environmental Change and Security. Impacts of Global Environmental Change on different levels of security are analyzed, namely national, human and ecological security, as well as linkages between environmental governance and peace and conflict. Inside this framework this specialization looks at the potential role of natural resources in both contributing to conflicts and facilitating peace building processes. This specialization also analyzes different governance responses to global environmental change, engaging with ongoing debates concerning the underlying causes of environmental degradation. Courses in this specialization critically engage with the ways in which environmental issues are framed as security issues and the potential consequences of this approach for environmental governance. Students will gain insights into different institutional tools and practical techniques related to water, food, and other environmental conflict scenarios. Other topics include disaster risk reduction and environmental conflict management. Students in this specialization must take at least 3 of the following courses ESP 6060 Water, Security and Peace (3 Credits) DED 6007 Environment, Conflicts, and Sustainability (3 Credits) DED 6014 Disaster Risk Reduction (3 Credits) DED 6015 Food Security (3 Credits) MA Programme Admission The University for Peace (UPEACE) Master of Arts* programmes offer study in a variety of areas related to Peace, Environment, International Law, Gender, and Education. Both UPEACE students and faculty come from all around the world with diverse backgrounds and interests which significantly enhances the academic environment. A Master of Arts at the University for Peace consists of an intensive one year in Costa Rica consisting of academic courses and a final graduation project. The language of instruction at UPEACE is English and incoming students are required to hold a bachelor degree or equivalent. The minimum number of credits required for all UPEACE MA programmes is 40 to be completed within an 11-month period. Exceptions are made for programmes operating within the framework of partnership agreements. One UPEACE credit is equivalent to 15 hours of direct faculty instruction plus 30 hours of student work for a total of 45 hours of academic work. The UPEACE final graduation project holds a value of 8 credits, which is equivalent to 120 hours of tutoring by a faculty advisor and 240 hours of independent research, curriculum development, or internship work for a total of 360 hours. [-]

Master of Arts in Environment, Development, and Peace - Specialization in Climate Change Policy (CCP)

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

The specialization prepares students to work with organizations, both international and community-based, in climate change mitigation and adaptation policy formulation and project implementation, disaster risk reduction, as well as in the identification and management of conflicts arising from climate change-related factors. [+]

The Department of Environment and Development focuses on efforts to reconcile poverty alleviation withenvironmental protection in a manner that contributes to peaceful conflict resolution. We emphasize sustained critical analysis in order to formulate solutions that do not just deal with surface issues but address the root causes of environmental problems and underdevelopment. Our approach is grounded in political ecology, an interdisciplinary perspective that highlights the importance of political economic structures and inequality in access to resources as key drivers in environmental conflict and global environmental change. Our teaching, based in principles of peace education, promotes student-centered learning and active participation through collaborative discussion. We take full advantage of our unique location in Costa Rica by including within all of our courses case studies and field visits to explore the many innovative sustainable development projects occurring throughout the country. Our students have gone on to successful careers with a wide variety of organizations, including UN agencies, government offices around the world, NGOs both local and international, and progressive private sector firms. Many have also continued in higher education, pursuing doctoral degrees in the social sciences. By joining the Department, you therefore become part of a growing global network of scholars and practitioners working towards sustainable development and environmental peacebuilding. Specialization in Climate Change Policy Our specialization in Climate Change Policy (CCP) addresses the complex relationship between climate change and security issues at the international, national and local levels. We operate with the understanding that environmental problems are closely linked to security issues, that climate change is one of the most significant environmental problems in the world today, and that the international community plays an essential role in governing climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. The specialization prepares students to work with organizations, both international and community-based, in climate change mitigation and adaptation policy formulation and project implementation, disaster risk reduction, as well as in the identification and management of conflicts arising from climate change-related factors. Students in this specialization must take the following courses DED-6018 Climate Change Governance (3 Credits) DED-6016 Human Vulnerability and Climate Change Adaptation (3 Credits) NRD 6075 Forests, Forestry and Poverty (3 Credits) - Prof Jan Breitling MA Programme Admission The University for Peace (UPEACE) Master of Arts* programmes offer study in a variety of areas related to Peace, Environment, International Law, Gender, and Education. Both UPEACE students and faculty come from all around the world with diverse backgrounds and interests which significantly enhances the academic environment. A Master of Arts at the University for Peace consists of an intensive one year in Costa Rica consisting of academic courses and a final graduation project. The language of instruction at UPEACE is English and incoming students are required to hold a bachelor degree or equivalent. The minimum number of credits required for all UPEACE MA programmes is 40 to be completed within an 11-month period. Exceptions are made for programmes operating within the framework of partnership agreements. One UPEACE credit is equivalent to 15 hours of direct faculty instruction plus 30 hours of student work for a total of 45 hours of academic work. The UPEACE final graduation project holds a value of 8 credits, which is equivalent to 120 hours of tutoring by a faculty advisor and 240 hours of independent research, curriculum development, or internship work for a total of 360 hours. [-]

Master of Arts in Environment, Development, and Peace - Specialization in Sustainable Food Systems (SFS)

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

Courses in this specialization train students to evaluate both the social and natural scientific aspects of food systems. [+]

The Department of Environment and Development focuses on efforts to reconcile poverty alleviation withenvironmental protection in a manner that contributes to peaceful conflict resolution. We emphasize sustained critical analysis in order to formulate solutions that do not just deal with surface issues but address the root causes of environmental problems and underdevelopment. Our approach is grounded in political ecology, an interdisciplinary perspective that highlights the importance of political economic structures and inequality in access to resources as key drivers in environmental conflict and global environmental change. Our teaching, based in principles of peace education, promotes student-centered learning and active participation through collaborative discussion. We take full advantage of our unique location in Costa Rica by including within all of our courses case studies and field visits to explore the many innovative sustainable development projects occurring throughout the country. Our students have gone on to successful careers with a wide variety of organizations, including UN agencies, government offices around the world, NGOs both local and international, and progressive private sector firms. Many have also continued in higher education, pursuing doctoral degrees in the social sciences. By joining the Department, you therefore become part of a growing global network of scholars and practitioners working towards sustainable development and environmental peacebuilding. Specialization in Sustainable Food Systems Our specialization in Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) emerges from the understanding that we must urgently change our relationship to food production and consumption in order to move towards greater sustainability. It emphasizes that food systems comprise many parts and operate in complex social and agro-ecological contexts. Courses in this specialization train students to evaluate both the social and natural scientific aspects of food systems. The specialization takes advantage of Costa Rica’s unique location by studying all facets of agriculture and food consumption, from plantation style production of export crops to local, organic and permaculture production systems. The UPEACE garden also serves as a fundamental part of the curriculum; it is integrated into existing courses, and serves as a space for informal learning throughout the school year. This specialization prepares students to work as professionals in emerging food systems-related jobs in civil society organizations, governmental institutions, and international organizations. Students in this specialization must take the following courses NRD-6026 Sustainable Agriculture (3 credits) DED-6015 Food Security (3 credits) DED-6016 Human Vulnerability and Climate Change Adaptation (3 Credits) MA Programme Admission The University for Peace (UPEACE) Master of Arts* programmes offer study in a variety of areas related to Peace, Environment, International Law, Gender, and Education. Both UPEACE students and faculty come from all around the world with diverse backgrounds and interests which significantly enhances the academic environment. A Master of Arts at the University for Peace consists of an intensive one year in Costa Rica consisting of academic courses and a final graduation project. The language of instruction at UPEACE is English and incoming students are required to hold a bachelor degree or equivalent. The minimum number of credits required for all UPEACE MA programmes is 40 to be completed within an 11-month period. Exceptions are made for programmes operating within the framework of partnership agreements. One UPEACE credit is equivalent to 15 hours of direct faculty instruction plus 30 hours of student work for a total of 45 hours of academic work. The UPEACE final graduation project holds a value of 8 credits, which is equivalent to 120 hours of tutoring by a faculty advisor and 240 hours of independent research, curriculum development, or internship work for a total of 360 hours. [-]

Master of Arts in Environment, Development, and Peace - Specialization in Sustainable Natural Resource Management (SNRM)

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

This specialization emphasizes the enhancement of biodiversity for global life support systems and mitigation of conflicts that arise from development initiatives, natural resource disputes, and environment degradation. [+]

The Department of Environment and Development focuses on efforts to reconcile poverty alleviation withenvironmental protection in a manner that contributes to peaceful conflict resolution. We emphasize sustained critical analysis in order to formulate solutions that do not just deal with surface issues but address the root causes of environmental problems and underdevelopment. Our approach is grounded in political ecology, an interdisciplinary perspective that highlights the importance of political economic structures and inequality in access to resources as key drivers in environmental conflict and global environmental change. Our teaching, based in principles of peace education, promotes student-centered learning and active participation through collaborative discussion. We take full advantage of our unique location in Costa Rica by including within all of our courses case studies and field visits to explore the many innovative sustainable development projects occurring throughout the country. Our students have gone on to successful careers with a wide variety of organizations, including UN agencies, government offices around the world, NGOs both local and international, and progressive private sector firms. Many have also continued in higher education, pursuing doctoral degrees in the social sciences. By joining the Department, you therefore become part of a growing global network of scholars and practitioners working towards sustainable development and environmental peacebuilding. Specialization in Sustainable Natural Resource Management The specialization in Sustainable Natural Resource Management (SNRM) is primarily designed for those intending to engage in community- oriented work in natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, or sustainable development. It emphasizes the enhancement of biodiversity for global life support systems and mitigation of conflicts that arise from development initiatives, natural resource disputes, and environment degradation. Graduates possess the needed skills and knowledge to work with governmental, civil society, and private sector organizations engaged in conservation and development programming, as well as to pursue advanced academic study in the social science of environmental management.The Programme involves two semesters of graduate coursework followed by completion of a thesis or internship tailored to the student’s specific interests. Students in this specialization must take at least 3 of the following courses ESP 6060 Water, Security and Peace (3 Credits) DED 6007 Environment, Conflicts, and Sustainability (3 Credits) DED 6014 Disaster Risk Reduction (3 Credits) DED 6015 Food Security (3 Credits) DED 6083 Natural Resouce Management Field Course 3 (credits) MA Programme Admission The University for Peace (UPEACE) Master of Arts* programmes offer study in a variety of areas related to Peace, Environment, International Law, Gender, and Education. Both UPEACE students and faculty come from all around the world with diverse backgrounds and interests which significantly enhances the academic environment. A Master of Arts at the University for Peace consists of an intensive one year in Costa Rica consisting of academic courses and a final graduation project. The language of instruction at UPEACE is English and incoming students are required to hold a bachelor degree or equivalent. The minimum number of credits required for all UPEACE MA programmes is 40 to be completed within an 11-month period. Exceptions are made for programmes operating within the framework of partnership agreements. One UPEACE credit is equivalent to 15 hours of direct faculty instruction plus 30 hours of student work for a total of 45 hours of academic work. The UPEACE final graduation project holds a value of 8 credits, which is equivalent to 120 hours of tutoring by a faculty advisor and 240 hours of independent research, curriculum development, or internship work for a total of 360 hours. [-]

ONLINE MA in Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World

Online Full time 1 year Open Enrollment Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

The online MA programme in Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World engages competent professionals and researchers to resolve pressing and complex global problems that concern humanity. [+]

The online MA programme in Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World engages competent professionals and researchers to resolve pressing and complex global problems that concern humanity. Every course in the programme shares a commitment to ethics, fundamental human values, gender sensitivity and multiculturalism. The content of the online MA moves from a study of the origins of conflict at the personal, local, internal, and international levels to the promotion and practice of peace. The programme discusses the responsibilities and capacities of all social sectors, including key political and economic institutions, as well as civil society and individuals, and their potential impact on the environmental and social aspects of peace and conflict. Skills for the maintenance of peace are emphasized throughout the programme, including analysing and understanding conflict from multiple perspectives. This is an interdisciplinary online programme, drawing on scholarship and methodologies from across academia. The complexities of today's world, and the developments of the last thirty years in understanding peace and conflict, demand an approach that crosses boundaries while seeking to create new progressions in the main field of study. All courses are well-integrated within the programme, bringing together modern theories, and concepts, in-depth case studies, best-practices from around the world, sound methodologies, and the valuable contributions of course-takers. Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students can begin the MA programme at the start of any new course, upon approval. [-]

ONLINE MA on Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World

Campus Full time Part time February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

The online MA programme on Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World is intended to prepare competent professionals and researchers to be able to resolve pressing and complex global .... [+]

ONLINE MA on Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World

 

The online MA programme on Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World is intended to prepare competent professionals and researchers to be able to resolve pressing and complex global problems that are the concern of humanity, as well as to bring new approaches to old problems through various levels of analysis and action. Every course in this programme shares a commitment to ethics, fundamental human values, gender sensitivity, and multiculturalism.

 

The content of the online MA moves from a study of the origins of conflict at the personal, local, internal, and international levels to the promotion and practice of peace. The programme discusses the responsibilities and capacities of all social sectors, including key political and economic institutions, as well as civil society and individuals, and their potential impact on the environmental and social aspects of peace and conflict. Skills for the maintenance of peace are emphasized throughout the programme, including analysing and understanding conflict from multiple perspectives.... [-]