Summer Peace Institute

The University of California Berkeley (UCB) and the University for Peace (UPEACE) jointly offer the summer course on Human Security and Peacebuilding

UPEACE Summer InstituteDeepen your understanding of the changing landscape of contemporary international relations and sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills by participating in the Summer Peace Institute at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica.

The Summer Peace Institute will bring together a diverse international group of students with the purposes of inquiry and dialogue on current world issues related to peacebuilding and human security - "problems without passports" in the phrase coined by Kofi Annan during his tenure as Secretary General of the United Nations. As a leader in the progress toward the human security/basic needs standards encompassed in the UN Millennium Development Goals, Costa Rica offers an ideal setting for the study of sustainable peace and peacebuilding practice.

Through lectures and interactive seminars you will be exposed to and have the chance to discuss foundational concepts, current controversies and case studies. You will also have the opportunity to more deeply explore what you learn in the classroom through the undertaking of a research assignment and in-class presentation of your findings. An intensive two-week field study assignment will provide you with the opportunity to interact with a variety of both governmental and non-governmental institutions and actors working in the areas of environment, health, food security, education, development, gender equity, conflict resolution and other human security issues.

26 May to 4 July, 2014

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