Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding: from Theory to Practice

General Information
May 2022
Number of Hours: 
Course Description: 

Classes will take place through Google meet:

1. Friday – 06.05.2022: Introduction and conceptual framework

09.45 – 11.15 (Local time in Poland – CEST) 11.30 – 13.00 (Local time in Poland – CEST)

Required reading:

GALTUNG, Johan (1996) Peace by peaceful means. London: SAGE.

LEDERACH, John Paul (2014) The Little Book of Conflict Transformation. Intercourse, PA: Good Books.

2. Friday – 13.05.2022: Non-Violent Communication and Mediation

09.45 – 11.15 (Local time in Poland – CEST) 11.30 – 13.00 (Local time in Poland – CEST)

Required reading:

ROSENBERG, Marshall B.(2005) Speak peace: what you say next will change your world. Encinitas: Puddle Dancer Press.
MOOR, Christopher W. (2014) The mediation process: practical strategies for resolving conflict. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

3. Friday – 20.05.2022: Peacemaking circles

09.45 – 11.15 (Local time in Poland – CEST) 11.30 – 13.00 (Local time in Poland – CEST)

Required reading:

BOYES-WATSON, Carolyn and PRANI, Kay (2010) Heart of Hope Resource Guide: Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing, and Build Healthy Relationship. St. Paul: Living Justice Press.

4. Friday – 27.05.2022: Student presentations

09.45 – 11.15 (Local time in Poland – CEST) 11.30 – 12.15 (Local time in Poland – CEST)

Aims of the course: 

This workshop aims at addressing conflict transformation and peacebuilding from their theoretical foundations to practical approaches. It will be explored a variety of concepts, skills and methods regarding conflict management strategies, encompassing non-violent communication, mediation and peace circles. Along the course, theory will be balanced with practical role plays and exercises as a pedagogical tool to illustrate and solidify the content taught.

Upon completing this workshop students should be able to:

  • Understand various concepts and theoretical frameworks within Peace Studies;

  • Understand a range of conflict management strategies;

  • Discuss conflict transformation and peacebuilding at various levels of human interaction,

    from interpersonal to international contexts;

  • Apply theory to the practice of conflict transformation;

  • Reflect on their relationship to conflict and their roles towards peaceful communities;

  • Identify key skills that are critical for conflict transformation;

  • Develop a peacebuilding strategy that could be applied to address a specific conflict.

Evaluation & Completion: 

Students’ performance in this course will be evaluated through the following activities and assignments:
1. Student participation in the discussions and activities in class (30% of the grade).
Students are expected to have read the texts before each class and to actively engage in the proposed activities.

2. Peacebuilding Strategy Project (70% of the grade)
Students will work in groups to formulate a peacebuilding strategy to be applied to any conflict scenarios of their choice. The project will encompass a 20-minutes presentation per group and an up to 5-pages paper.

The project will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
1. Clarity.
2. Application of the theoretical framework covered along the course to a concrete case.
3. Adequacy of the application of conflict management strategies (non-violent communication, mediation and/or peacemaking circles) to the case in analysis.
4. Depth of the analysis.