Peace Education


The Master of Arts Degree Programme in Peace Education Programme seeks to develop and strengthen the capacity of educators to build a peaceful world in all levels and dimensions of life. Through coursework and independent research or internship experiences complemented with a unique and cooperative learning environment at UPEACE, students will be enhanced in their values formation, knowledge and skills essential to the contributions of formal and non-formal educators and institutions toward resolving and transforming conflicts and violence towards a holistic culture of peace.  The programme will provide both a critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of peace education as well as engagement with a broad spectrum of critical, participatory and transformative pedagogies.  Based on the work, programs and projects of educational institutions and organizations, including schools, universities, UN agencies such as UNESCO, UNICEF and UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, local/international NGOs and other civil society organizations or institutions,  students will explore how education is essential in promoting disarmament and nonviolence, local/global justice, intercultural and interfaith  understanding, human rights, gender equality, sustainable futures and preventing or addressing emergencies arising from armed conflicts, natural disasters and health crises. 


       Main courses 2014-2015

The courses in this 40-credit programme are taught by highly qualified resident professors and recognized international visiting professors. The core courses explore a comprehensive range of conceptual/analytical perspectives in understanding the theory and practice of peace education in a world of complex and escalating conflicts and violence. Various courses in the programme include education for disarmament, social justice and development, intercultural understanding, human rights, gender equality, sustainability and emergencies, and inner peace. A concluding course provides practical ideas for effective and creative design and teaching of peace-related curricula for all levels of formal schooling and nonformal peace education programmes of government and nongovernment agencies and community organizations. During the final term, participants are expected to complete their programme at UPEACE main campus or in field-study locations through an Independent Research Project or an Internship experience with a relevant agency or organization whose goals and programs include a focus on peace education.

Following the courses for the Academic Year 2014-2015: 

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits) – UPEACE Resident Faculty
  • DIL 6062 Workshop on Negotiation Skills (1 Credit) – Prof. Siniša Vukovic
  • PEP 6010 Peace Education: Theory and Practice (3 Credits) – Prof. Virginia Cawagas
  • GPB 6026 Gender in Peace Building and Human Security (3 Credits) – Prof. Sara Sharratt
  • PEP 6023 Intercultural Education: Paradigms and Practices (3 Credits) – Prof. Toh Swee-Hin (S.H. Toh)
  • PEP 6038 Research Methodology (3 Credits) – Prof. Ross Ryan and Prof. Jimena Alvarado
  • ELECTIVES (3 Credits) Participants can choose an elective course offered by the January UPEACE Institute  –  UPEACE Resident Faculty and Visiting Faculty
  • PEP 6029 Human Rights Education (2 Credits) – Prof. Audrey Osler
  • PEP 6025 Education in Emergencies: Armed Conflicts, Disasters, and Health Crises (3 Credits) – Prof. Toh Swee-Hin (S.H. Toh)
  • PEP 6027 Education for Inner Peace (2 Credits) – Prof. Kimberly Dowd-Uribe
  • PEP 6080 Language, Media and Peace (2 Credits) – Prof. Leon Berdichevsky
  • PEP 6024 Education for Sustainability (2 Credits) – Prof. Mirian Vilela
  • PEP 6037 Curriculum Development: Purposes and Practices (3 Credits) – Prof. Virginia Cawagas
  • ELECTIVES (1 Credit) Participants can choose an elective course offered by UPEACE different programmes – UPEACE Resident Faculty
  • UPE 6028 Simulation Exercise on Model of UN Conference (UPMUNC) (1 Credit) – Prof. Ross Ryan
  • PEP 7100 Independent Research Project or Internship (8 Credits)


Main courses 2015-2016

Following the courses for the Academic Year 2015-2016:

Courses Common to all Programmes

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits)
  • UPM 6003 General Course on the United Nations and UPMUNC (3 Credits)
  • UPM 6002 Advanced Workshop on Conflict Analysis, Negotiation, and Transformation (3 Credits)
  • PCS 6008 Research Methodology (3 Credits)


Courses for Peace Eduaction (PE)


  • PEP 6010 Peace Education: Theory and Practice (3 Credits)
  • GPB 6026 Gender in Peacebuilding and Human Security (3 Credits)
  • PEP 6043 Human Rights Education (3 Credits)
  • IPS 6023 Intercultural Education: Paradigms and Practices (3 Credits)
  • IPS 6037 Social Justice, Conflicts and Peacebuilding in the Global South (3 Credits)
  • PEP 6044 Education for Sustainability (3 Credits)
  • PEP 6025 Education in Emergencies: Armed Conflicts, Disasters, and Health Crisis (3 Credits)
  • PEP 7100 Graduation Project: Independent Research Project (IRP) or Internship (8 Credits)

For complete course descriptions, course calendar and information about the professors, please follow this link

       Exit Profile

Graduates of the programme will be sensitive to peace-oriented values and principles and empowered with a critical understanding and knowledge of the root causes of diverse conflicts as well as nonviolent strategies for transforming these conflicts toward a peaceful world. They will also be able to share creative curriculum and pedagogical skills in peace education in formal contexts (e.g., schools, universities, departments or ministries of education) and equally in non-formal and community contexts (e.g., intergovernmental or state agencies, private sector, NGOs, and CSOs).


MA Peace Education Graduates since 2004 are now

    • Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors.
    • Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Peace Education Consultants, Curriculum Developers in public and private school systems.
    • Program and Project Coordinators  in various international agencies such as UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, and NGOs such as Teachers without Borders, Save the Children, Amnesty International, Project Ploughshares, Peace Brigades International, and many more.
    • Pursuing doctoral studies.

Examples of professional involvement of our PEP graduates.

    • John Bosco Habyarimana, Deputy Director, Centre for Conflict Management, National University of Rwanda
    • Christine Onen, Project Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council, Uganda
    • Shreya Jani, Founder and Managing Trustee of Standing Together to Enable Peace Trust (India)
    • Som Prasad Niroula, Programme Officer, Nepal Institute of Peace
    • Karen Huggins, Coordinator, Project Ploughshares, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    • Dody Wibowo, Researcher and Trainer at Center for Security and Peace Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
    • Kevin Kester, Assistant Professor, International Relations and Peace Studies at Hannam University, Conflict Management Specialist at OHSU, Portland, Oregon
    • Ayten A. Birhanie, Executive Director at Peace and Development Center/PDC, Ethiopia
    • Stephanie Knox, Professor of Peace Studies at San Diego City College, Director of Education at Metta Center for Nonviolence Education
    • Dr. Zahid Shahab Ahmed, Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan