15 Oct 2012 to 16 Nov 2012
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A limited number of fellowships are available for candidates from Least Developed Countries (as per the UN-OHRLLS list).
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Conflict at both intergroup and interpersonal levels is a dominant theme of the human condition in the twenty-first century. Numerous violent international conflicts persist around the world. At the domestic level, tensions and conflicts also extend along divisions based on religion, race, ethnicity, social class, culture, and language. Moreover given the increasing strain on the world's environment, conflict over limited resources such as water, is likely to increase. Against this backdrop, conflict resolution emerges as a critical tool to address the causes of conflicts and build new and lasting relationships between hostile groups.
The goal of this course is to provide an analysis of conflict and the methods to resolve it, with an emphasis on traditional and alternatives approaches to address the causes of conflicts and build new and lasting relationships between hostile groups.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Define the concept of conflict resolution;
- Describe different strategies to address the causes of conflicts;
- Define the role of conflict resolution in the framework of peace operations;
- Discuss the impact and limits of conflict resolution.
The course is composed of five modules that will be covered over five weeks:
- Module 1: Introduction to conflict resolution
- Module 2: Perspectives and methods in conflict resolution
- Module 3: Key issues in conflict resolution
- Module 4: Conflict resolution and peace operations
- Module 5: Lessons learned
UNITAR PTP adopts an approach to training that highlights experiential and collaborative learning. This approach focuses on the learning needs, interests and styles of participants to ensure the relevance and retention of content and puts particular emphasis on the active participation of learners through practice-oriented learning environments.
UNITAR PTP’s approach allows participants to share knowledge and experiences and contribute dynamically to the learning process. Through this process, participants not only acquire information but also contribute to the construction of knowledge in a way that is meaningful and directly applicable to the reality of peace operations. Instructors guide participants through this process, delivering and conveying information, clarifying doubts and supporting participants through different activities.
UNITAR PTP’s approach to training puts particular emphasis on monitoring and evaluation. This process continuously develops course structure and activities to better suit participants’ areas of interest. This also allows for a review process that systematically improves course design and implementation for future versions of the course.
Courses address a broad audience of civilians, such as students, researchers, academics and individuals from governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as national and regional military and police personnel of every rank and function.
Participants are not expected to have prior experience in or knowledge of the field. However, for advanced courses, a general understanding of the structure, components and functioning of a peace operation is highly advisable.