Peace Education

1. Objectives

The Master of Arts degree programme in Peace Education 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, the programme will enhance values formation, knowledge and skills essential to the work of formal and non-formal educators to transcend conflicts towards a holistic culture of peace.


2.    Focus

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 for a culture of peace. This programme is especially relevant for individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent at an accredited higher education institution and have demonstrated an active interest in peace education and related fields. It is designed to meet the needs of diverse professionals including teachers, educational administrators, professors, community or non-formal educators, international development specialists, and policy-makers.

3.    Main courses

The courses in this 40-credit programme are taught by highly qualified resident professors and recognized international visiting professors. The core courses explore a 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. 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/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.

The required courses are:

    • PCS 6000 Foundation in Peace and Conflict Studies (3 credits) UPEACE Faculty
    • PCS 6008 Research Methodology (3 credits) UPEACE Faculty
    • PCS 6007 Introduction into the Field (3 credits) UPEACE Faculty
    • PEP 6010 Peace Education: Theory and Practice (3 credits) – Prof. Virginia Cawagas
    • PEP 6023 Intercultural Education: Paradigms and Practices (3 credits) –  Prof. Toh Swee-Hin  (S.H. Toh)
    • PEP 6028 Fund Raising for Projects and Institutions (1 credit) –  Prof. Jurgen Carls
    • PEP 6027 Education for Inner Peace (2 credits) – Prof. Kimberly Dowd-Uribe
    • PEP 6029 Human Rights Education (2 credits) –  Prof. Audrey Osler
    • PEP 6024 Education for Sustainability (2 credits) –  Prof. Mirian Vilela
    • PEP 6026 Guide to Curriculum Development: Perspectives, Purposes and Practices (3 credits) –  Prof. Virginia Cawagas
    • PEP 6080 Language, Media and Peace (2 credits) –  Prof. Daniela Ingruber
    • PEP 6025 Education in emergencies: Armed Conflicts, Disasters and Health Crises (3 credits) –  Prof. Toh Swee-Hin (S.H. Toh)
    • UPE DIL 6023 Contemporary Challenges to Peace – Conference (1 credit)
    • PEP 7100 Independent Research Project (8 credits)

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4.    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).

5.    Alumni

MA Peace Education Graduates since 2004 are now

    • Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Assistant Professors.
    • Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Peace Education Consultants, Curriculum Developers in public and private school systems.
    • Program & 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
    • Stephanie Knox Cubbon, Fellow at Metta Center for Nonviolence Education, Greater San Diego Area
    • Naita Saecho Chialvo, Assistant Director, Books for Asia at The Asia Foundation, San Francisco Bay Area
    • 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
    • Malik Usman Khan, Consultant DM&E and Peacebuilding Initiatives, Pakistan
    • 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