Bonnie Emerson Peace

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Course Overview

I expect many of you are wondering just what the heck this “Peace Fellowship” or “Professional Development Certificate Course” is?  I have included some of the information directly from our ROTARY PEACE CENTRE CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY.  COURSE HANDBOOK!  This includes overall information on the course, each module and the Field Studies……

The certificate course conducted by the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University is an intensive program designed to give fellows a comprehensive overview of the peace studies and conflict resolution field. Centered on a few core themes, the course seeks to provide Fellows with a solid theoretical understanding of these concepts. In addition, the certificate program offers its Fellows a key set of practical tools for conflict resolution and peace building which they can use once they return to their communities. By building and strengthening a capable and dedicated network of peace builders who graduate from this program, the Rotary Peace Center hopes to make a lasting contribution to peace in communities across the globe. The course is divided into 4 modules, with 2 field studies interspersed.

MODULE 1: The Concepts and Values of Peace and Conflict Studies Module 1 is an introduction to the study of peace and conflict resolution which focuses on the theories, values, and concepts of the field. It seeks to explore the root causes of conflict in various scenarios, using specific cases and studies to illuminate the core issues. Fellows will be given a brief overview of the various different types of conflict, the degrees of conflict, and some of the fundamental reasons for conflict. The module will also present classic models and concepts for understanding the field of conflict resolution as whole.

MODULE 2: The Diagnosis and Analysis of Conflict Module 2 is an in-depth look at conflict analysis, including the diagnosis and assessment of conflict as well as peace interventions. This module moves more in depth into the communication, team work, conflict management, assessment, analysis, and understanding of conflicts. Conflicts can be difficult to assess and comprehend, and this module will provide a background for classifying and categorizing conflict. The module will focus on the origin of conflicts and what factors precipitate or aggravate conflict. Case studies from conflict analysis will illuminate the practice of identifying, classifying, and understanding the gravity and scope of specific conflicts. Building on the knowledge of how to pinpoint and realize conflicts, conflict sensitivity analysis will teach the participants how to gauge the consequences and damage caused by various conflicts. This module, together with Module 1, will form the theoretical foundation for the first field study.

MODULE 3: Conflict Resolution Skills, Approaches and Strategies Module 3, the longest of the modules, focuses on concrete skills and strategies for conflict resolution such as negotiation, mediation, and communication. Looking at conflict from a variety of different perspectives including interpersonal, civic, and political, this module will give Fellows a comprehensive understanding of the approaches and strategies required for successful conflict resolution. Module 3 will also explore peaceful military operations and the role of the media in peace building. It will also highlight the importance of involving civil society, the military, and the public sector in achieving sustainable zones of peace both locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

MODULE 4: Conflict Transformation and Building a Sustainable Peace Module 4, the final module, will explore concrete, meaningful, and sustainable avenues for maintaining peace with the participation of various stakeholders in society. Topics covered include dealing with the past, truth commissions and transitional justice, capacity building, peace education, monitoring and evaluation, societies recovering from conflict, and post conflict reconstruction. Following this is an introduction to the spiritual component of peace building, and the role that religion has to play in resolving conflicts. In the context of religion, the importance of interfaith and intra-faith dialogue will be introduced.

FIELD STUDY 1: Thailand (we are going to CHIANG MAI)   ….. this domestic field trip will give the fellows an opportunity to investigate migrant labors and refugees, natural resources, ethno-politics, development, and/or transboundary conflicts while practicing their conflict analysis skills.

FIELD STUDY 2: International (We will be going to Mindanao, The Philippines)   This international field trip provides fellows the opportunity to examine post conflict reconstruction and the roles of various actors therein.

I know this is a lot of information and even more words, but I again just have to emphasize what an honour it is to be able to undertake this study!  As I have shared there is a intentional and significant GLOBAL context to this work, that I already see connections to our smaller Winnipeg community!

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