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Free Online Peace and Conflict Resolution Sample Courses

See what you’ve been missing!

Beginning on April 20th, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) will be offering FREE week-long online sample courses for our most popular areas of study.

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Whether you’re interested in enrolling or simply intrigued by the topics listed below, these courses provide an amazing window into the S-CAR educational experience, our outstanding faculty, and the online resources available to our students.

Space is limited – reserve your virtual seat today!


Basics of Conflict Resolution

A dynamic course that explores a variety of theories and frameworks for analyzing conflict and moves students from conflict analysis to exploring techniques, process models, and third-party roles for constructively intervening in conflict. Interpersonal, small group, community, and international conflict are discussed in the course, but special emphasis in practice will be placed on interpersonal and small group conflicts as the building blocks for doing conflict resolution in larger and more complex social conflicts.

Instructor: Pamela Creed

Sessions

May 4 - 10
May 25 - 31


Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution

The goal of the course is to introduce students to the importance of understanding culture for the analysis of social conflict and to learn constructive ways of dealing with adversity that may occur through intercultural encounters. We will focus on both conflict analysis as well as conflict resolution practice through the lens of various cultures.

Instructor: Borislava Manojlovic

Sessions

April 27 - May 3
May 4 - 10


International Peace and Security

Enhances the understanding of International conflicts in all their dimensions and to explore innovative approaches to their management, resolution and transformation.  Looks at intentional peace focused efforts in the global context.

Instructor: Gul Mescioglu Gur

Sessions

April 20 - 26
May 18 - 24


Ethnic and Religious Groups in  Conflict

Explores complex interrelations of social identity and postmodern conflicts in society with the emphasis on the role of identity in processes of conflict resolution and transformation. Critical rethinking of ethnic, national and religious identities as both generators and outcomes of conflict will be important part of the course. Course aims to extend knowledge on structure and dynamic of identity-based conflicts and to develop a framework for their resolution

Instructor: Karina Korostelina

Sessions

April 20 - 26
May 18 - 24


Terrorism and the Media

Impacts of terrorism are magnified by media coverage with some writers identifying the connection as crucial to the increase in terrorism activities since the 1950’s.  The course looks how and why the media coverage violent action and how that changes the impacts of violence are broader audiences.

Instructor: Julie Shedd

Sessions

May 11 - 17
May 25 - 31


Pandemics, Conflicts, & the Arts

Disease is a very significant theme in literature and literary criticism . Likewise, understanding the historical significance of past and more recent pandemics essential to understanding the ways in which societies navigate through conflict.  Students will discuss and review landmark literature and films on both fictional and historic pandemics.

Instructors: Charles Chavis and Douglas Irvin-Erickson

Sessions

April 27 - May 3
​May 11 - 17

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