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Gender and Peacebuilding
The Master of Arts Degree Programme in Gender and Peacebuilding is designed to encompass the many fields of knowledge and regional experiences in which gender is an essential part of peacebuilding processes. The programme responds to the needs and interests of participants and professionals who seek to increase their knowledge and understanding of current events and participate in the prevention and resolution of conflicts.
The programme is designed for graduate students from all professional and academic backgrounds who desire to pursue a career in gender and peace issues. Participants can expect to gain the skills and tools that will enable them to serve as gender trainers or officers, to participate in peace negotiations, to understand conflicts from a gender perspective, and to work in international organizations, humanitarian aid agencies, and governmental institutions. Participants in the programme will also acquire advanced skills in research, data collection, and critical analysis.
Admission to the programme is open to qualified participants who have completed a Bachelor’s degree at a recognized academic institution and who demonstrate an active interest in the field of Gender and Peace Studies. A written essay will be requested as well as two letters of recommendation from faculty members and/or employees. In addition, applicants will be required to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of English, through TOEFL results or completion of studies at an English-speaking institution.
The Department of Gender and Peace Education has worked with professors from around the world to develop a set of truly unique courses that address the interface between the fields of Gender and Peacebuilding. The final product of these consultations has produced a demanding curriculum that requires participants to think critically about the two overarching themes while covering a broad range of specific issues.
The 40 credits programme is distributed over two semesters and one research term for a total duration of 11 months. Courses are taught in intensive three week time periods, requiring 45 hours of class work, under the guidance of a highly qualified professor and recognized international guest lecturers. During the final term, participants are expected to finalize their work at UPEACE's main campus through the completion of an Independent Research Project.
The required courses are:
PCS6000 Foundation in Peace and Conflict Studies (3 credits) Collegiate course by UPEACE Faculty
For complete course descriptions, course calendar and information about the professors, please follow this link: http://www.upeace.org/calendar/
Upon graduation, participants may expect to successfully write grant proposals, as well as to design, implement and evaluate a variety of programmes and projects, based upon a profound knowledge of the conflicts and struggles brought about by discrimination based on gender-oriented power relations. Graduates will be able to recognize the enormous possibilities that a gender perspective offers to men and women in the prevention of conflicts, sitting at the negotiating table, or participating in post-conflict intervention. They will also be able to implement the concepts of equality and equity in their daily public and private lives.
Here are some examples of the professional involvement of our GPB graduates: