UOC Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Introduction

Mission

The UOC is an innovative university that is rooted in Catalonia and open to the world. It offers people lifelong learning to help them and society advance, while carrying out research into the knowledge society.

Its educational model is based on personalization and accompanying students using e-learning.

Vision

The UOC wants to be a university that, by being connected to the network of the world’s universities, drives the creation of a global knowledge space and cutting-edge research in the knowledge society.

The UOC has an innovative educational model that focuses on the student. The University offers them a top quality and personalized education that helps them to be more competitive and contributes to the progress of society.

Values

The five values that guide the UOC’s activities are:

Commitment to students, graduates and society; to service quality, and to constant innovation within the organization.

Respect for people, ideas, cultures and the world.

Transparency in information, data and processes.

Professionalism, to empower the people who form part of the organization, to recognize our successes and to learn from our mistakes.

Sustainability, whether economic, social or environmental, of the activities undertaken by the organization.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Master

Master in Conflictology

Online Full time 5 semesters October 2016 Spain Barcelona

Conflicts are everyday occurrences in people's lives, social groups and international relations. In all historic times, in all cultures, groups and countries, the quest for peace has been ongoing. Costs incurred because of conflicts are very high: human suffering, economic losses and moral degradation. [+]

Conflicts are everyday occurrences in people's lives, social groups and international relations. In all historic times, in all cultures, groups and countries, the quest for peace has been ongoing. Costs incurred because of conflicts are very high: human suffering, economic losses and moral degradation. The efforts made by humankind to live in peace give us insight to accomplish real results, eliminate war, transform conflicts and manage them positively. This master course in conflictology draws from this insight, systematises knowledge and presents it in an advanced and efficient educational manner. Conflict resolution, transformation, mediation and management, studies and culture of peace are synonyms and they describe the scientific and multi-disciplinary approach of conflictology. Practitioners and academics from prestigious universities and peace research institutes from different countries around the world get together in this virtual course that makes it possible, with the UOC's years' experience, for anyone, no matter where they live, to access this international master course and prepare for professional practice. This programme trains students in all applications of conflictology (family, trade, social, political, international, armed conflicts), facilitates internships, preparation of research programmes and the development of your own professional projects giving you access to the largest network of people working to promote peace. Objectives to know the theory, its different approaches and the nature of contemporary conflicts to acquire skills of analysis and the ability to plan actions for peaceful interventions, both for the prevention of conflicts and for intervening during their development to learn techniques and strategies for intelligent non-violent intervention in conflict situations to access information and knowledge to be able to develop efficient intervention programmes and manage the quest for positive specific solutions to be able to lead and facilitate negotiation and mediation processes to transform the way to communicate both to prevent and to end conflicts. Compentencies Understanding the overall concept of what we mean by conflict resolution, its terminology and the action criteria, techniques and methods specific to it. Understanding and learning how to analyse how family, education, political, social and armed conflicts occur and also learn how to manage, transform and resolve them using strategies, techniques and resources for an intelligent and non-violent intervention. Acquiring the skills to analyse and plan the action in peaceful interventions in conflicts, both from the prevention and intervention perspective as the conflict occurs. Having the ability to develop communication aspects to prevent, direct and pacify conflicts. Knowing how to find information and knowledge to develop efficient intervention programmes and manage the search for specific and positive solutions. Designing, managing and developing conflict resolution processes based on the different techniques and procedures. Student profile any person with responsibilities and interests in solving conflicts consultants, executives, leaders, lawyers of any industry civil servants and managers of private and public organisations directors and staff of NGOs, companies and other organisations working in conflict areas, in reconstruction, development and international cooperation politicians and trade unionists members of the armed forces and the police. Academic requirements To be admitted on a master's degree or postgraduate diploma course, you need to be able to accredit an official qualification. If you cannot accredit this qualification, you will be awarded a university extension diploma. To be admitted on a specialization course (specialization certificate), you do not need to be able to accredit an official qualification. To be able to read and write in English. Prior knowledge No prior knowledge required. Learning resources UOC graduate courses have digital format materials. Students receive the materials as the course progresses. Degrees Once the overall assessment process has been completed successfully, the UOC will issue a Master Diploma/ Postgraduate Diploma/Specialization Certificate to those participants with an accredited university qualification that is valid in Spain. Should you not have such a qualification, a Certificate will be issued. [-]

Master in Food, Society and International Food Governance

Campus Full time October 2016 Spain Barcelona

The way food is produced, processed and what is eaten has changed significantly over time. Whereas it is likely that our great-grandparents ate predominantly local and seasonal foods, today, it is estimated that the average meal travels over 2,400 km, from field to fork. As our food is transported around the world, it is subject to myriad rules and regulations. [+]

The way food is produced, processed and what is eaten has changed significantly over time. Whereas it is likely that our great-grandparents ate predominantly local and seasonal foods, today, it is estimated that the average meal travels over 2,400 km, from field to fork. As our food is transported around the world, it is subject to myriad rules and regulations. Food plays a central role in our societies, cultures, economies and personal lives, but few understand how food makes it to our plates. The Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance clarifies this process. This programme is designed for individuals interested in enhancing their understanding and analysis of agriculture and food policy, and increasing their understanding of the social, cultural and economic factors that influence and shape the development and enforcement of agriculture governance. This combination presents an opportunity to explore connections between the historical, political, scientific, strategic and ethical considerations involved in the organization of food policy and agriculture internationally. The programme trains students to identify and generate solutions for just and sustainable food systems. It attracts a diversity of learners from professionals to those just starting their careers. All of our students share an interest in the organization of food systems and in food governance. The Master's is made up of two mandatory Specialisations, two elected Specialisations and a Final Research Project. A Specialisation is a 4 month, 15 ECTS credit course made up of a series of modules (usually 3 or 4). The Specialisations can be taken independently or as part of the Master's. Mandatory Specialisations: Food Systems Analysis International Agri-Food Policy Elective Specialisations: Food and Society Food Regulation (with MSU's IFLR) Food Security: Assessment and Action (with FAO) Impact Assessment of Food Security Progammes Understanding the Right to Food Final Research Project The Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance provides you with an opportunity to pursue a research topic in your area of interest. You may collaborate with your employer to develop a project or you may opt to undertake an independent research project. A UOC advisor must approve your research question and will work with you to carry out the research in an appropriate and timely fashion. This Final Research Project (6 or 9 ECTS) is required to complete the Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance and is to be completed over the duration of the Master's programme. In general, research will be multi-disciplinary and will have a practical application. The Final Research Project will be evaluated by an Academic Committee. The Committee can include a mentor from your company or organization. Agreements with industry on confidentiality are always strictly taken into account. Students must defend their project. This can be done virtually (as long as it is synchronous) or in person. Completing the Final Research Project is a major task that requires patience and dedication. We will work with you to make it manageable and make sure that you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to excel at the task. Objectives To provide students with the tools and knowledge to analyse and understand: Food systems and their role in society; How food and agriculture are regulated nationally and internationally; How agencies and institutions regulate agriculture and food nationally and internationally. To provide a framework for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, programmes and viewpoints among players, including other universities, researchers, professionals, civil service, private sector and government. To develop a comprehensive understanding of food systems in a local, regional and global context. To develop awareness of the role that food and food policy play across cultures, historically and in contemporary societies. To develop an understanding of the relationships between economics, environment, society, culture and agri-food policy. To develop a comprehensive understanding of international agriculture and food regulatory agencies. To develop the capacity to critically analyse and address issues of governance within food systems. To develop the capacity to apply theory and knowledge to policy analysis. To develop knowledge of how policy interventions affect food security and agricultural production. To develop an understanding of the relationships between economics, environment, society, culture and agri-food policy. To develop a comprehensive understanding of agricultural regulations and standards and their local and international implications. To develop an understanding of international agriculture and food regulatory agencies and corresponding legal texts. To develop a comprehensive understanding of agricultural regulations as they relate to specific regions as well as their implications internationally. To develop competence in approaching a research problem in the area of food systems. To develop competence in articulating a research question, data collection and articulating research results. To develop competence in critically evaluating research. Competencies This programme will prepare you to meet the demand for knowledgeable and well-trained food systems analysts and leaders, by fostering practical and critical learning with an international perspective. The courses are geared towards: Individuals working in NGOs and community organizations that address issues related to food and agriculture. Individuals working in the agri-food sector. Public administrators. Civil Servants. Policy analysts. Consultants. Lawyers. Journalists specializing in food politics. Professional organizations or international cooperation projects that address issues linked to food and agriculture. Students wishing further education on issues of agri-food governance. Providing students with the necessary tools for improving their employability, giving them the right to knowledge and education to be successful in the different occupations they will have during their lives, is a fundamental purpose of our postgraduate programmes. Student profile The Master's of Food, Society and International Agri-Food Governance students typically have backgrounds in a field related to the agri-food sector, or an academic background in agriculture, anthropology, economics, environmental studies, development, public health or sociology. The programme attracts people who wish to specialise in the agri-food sector, as well as those interested working in this field. Many already have work experience in the agri-food sector and are looking to broaden their knowledge and skills so as to advance their careers. Learning resources Materials will be in English and will include written course materials, relevant websites, academic articles, books and magazine articles, among others. Academic requirements The Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance is open to everyone with a good grasp of English. The UOC is an open university which means that even if you do not have a high school diploma or university degree you can still take our courses. However, to be eligible for the Master's Degree you must have a recognised university degree. If you do not have a recognised university degree then you will receive an equivalency certificate instead of a degree. Prior knowledge The course materials and teaching language is English. A strong grasp of English is required for this programme. Degrees Once the overall assessment process has been completed successfully, the UOC will issue a Master Diploma/ Postgraduate Diploma/Specialization Certificate to those participants with an accredited university qualification that is valid in Spain. Should you not have such a qualification, a Certificate will be issued. [-]

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