Academic Course Calendar

Courses and Teachers
May 2017
Course listings are continously updated with new information
Courses Teacher Credits # Weeks Dates
Mission Impossible? Measuring Outcomes and Impact (Online Course)
Mohit Mukherjee
0 credits
4 weeks
1-28 May 2017
Seminario Taller: Temas de la Agenda Internacional
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
1 credits
1 weeks
8-12 May 2017
1:15pm. - 4:15pm. At Classroom #2
Seminario de Investigación
Ross Ryan
3 credits
3 weeks
15-31 May 2017
8:45am. - 11:45am. At Classroom #4
Religion and Violent Extremism: The Case of Terrorism in the Name of Islam
Amr Abdalla
1 credits
1 week
15-19 May 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room

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This course will cover the following topics:

  • What problem is your organization addressing, and how?
  • How can you implement a program to help you measure the impact and outputs that your organization is generating?  What tools should you be using to do so?
  • How can you institutionalize the monitoring of your organization, and use the information gathered to influence your planning, decision-making and communications in the future?

En formato de seminario, el programa revisará la agenda internacional global, presentando de forma actual los
principales desafíos a la paz y la seguridad internacional. Este análisis se centrará en el estudio de los casos
que han sido resueltos por los diferentes tribunales internacionales. Después de una breve introducción a esta
jurisprudencia, los estudiantes podrán escoger – para profundizar posteriormente – entre casos decididos por
la Corte Penal Internacional, la Corte Europea de Derechos Humanos, la Corte Interamericana de Derechos
Humanos y los Tribunales de Ruanda y Yugoeslavia. Retos para la Paz en la Problemática Contemporánea.

El curso familiariza a los estudiantes con las herramientas prácticas para la investigación, junto con las metodologías para la elaboración de análisis sociales, de derechos humanos y jurídicos. De esta manera el curso no se limita tan solo a las herramientas de negociación, sino que además proveerá a l@s participantes con las técnicas para convertir estas negociaciones en elementos de políticas que pueden ser elaboradas, presentadas y difundidas para su validación. Además, los estudiantes también serán introducidos a las distintas bases de datos disponibles en línea y a los sistemas físicos y la e-biblioteca de la UPAZ; de esta forma podrán desarrollar de forma articulada la propuesta de investigación, para la tesis o para preparar la propuesta de trabajo para la pasantía de grado.

The course aims to develop knowledge of the religious, social, cultural and political roots of terrorism in the Muslim context, providing balanced frameworks that may lead to peaceful transformation.

The course does not start with a simplistic assumption that “religion has been the cause of all conflicts”.  Instead, the course studies critically the role of religion (along with other factors, such as nationalism, ethnicity, race, class, gender, among others) in contributing to conflict causes, influencing its persisting negative and destructive dynamics,  and in peacefully resolving and transforming conflicts.  

The course will be studied from the vantage point of the field of peace and conflict studies, using frameworks and models intended to deeply analyze several case studies from different parts of the world.  The course materials and activities will culminate in an exploration of methods and processes that would advance the positive peaceful role of religion and religious institutions in various types and levels of conflicts, and which are suitable for the realities of the 21st century.

The course will target a wide range of participants, including graduate students of The University for Peace and professionals interested in the topic of religion, conflict and peace.

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Dr. Abdalla is the Senior Advisor on Policy Analysis and Research at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University, and the Senior Advisor on Conflict Resolution at KARAMAH (Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights). In 2013-2014, he was Vice President of SALAM Institute for Peace and Justice in Washington, D.C. From 2004-2013 he was Professor, Dean and Vice Rector at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow with the Peace Operations Policy Program, School of Public Policy, at George Mason University, Virginia. He was also a Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Virginia. He practiced law as a prosecuting attorney from 1978 to 1987 in Egypt. He then emigrated to the U.S. where he obtained a Master's degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. He has been teaching graduate classes in conflict analysis and resolution, and has conducted training, research and evaluation of conflict resolution and peacebuilding programs in several countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. He teaches regularly (face-to-face and online) at American University in Washington, D.C., University for Peace, University of Addis Ababa, and Open University of Catalonia. Dr. Abdalla pioneered the development of the first conflict resolution training manual for the Muslim communities in the United States titled (“…Say Peace”). He also founded Project LIGHT (Learning Islamic Guidance for Human Tolerance), a community peer-based anti-discrimination project funded by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). In 2011, he established with Egyptian UPEACE graduates a program for community prevention of sectarian violence in Egypt (Ahl el Hetta).
Dr. Miriam Estrada-Castillo (Ecuador) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Law and Human Rights. Prior to joining UPEACE, Dr. Estrada-Castillo worked as the senior legal and political officer in the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). Prior to that position, she has worked with the UN system in various capacities, including as the International Prosecutor General, UN Peacekeeping Mission for East-Timor (DPKO), Expert and Vice-Chairperson of the Monitoring Committee of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Chief of Field of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Latin America Regional Adviser on Gender, Human Rights and Culture of Peace for UNESCO. She has also worked as the President of the Ecuadorian Supreme Court of Juvenile Justice and as the Minister of Social Affairs in Ecuador. In her academic life, she worked recently as the Director of Master Degree Courses on Gender and the Law and Children in Armed Conflict, Lund University, Sweden. She is a Visiting Professor of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) and has also taught courses as a Visiting Professor at the Australian National University. She is the author of the Ecuadorian Law on Violence against Women and of the first Legislation for Minors and Family in the country.

Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive and Professional Education and a faculty member at UPEACE. Prior to this position, he served as Education Programme Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, an international nonprofit organization. Before his 4-years in the non-profit sector, he worked both in the private sector and also as a high school teacher in Ecuador. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his Master's from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Instructor, Liason, Media, Peace and Conflict Studies Specialization and Editor, Peace and Conflict Monitor and Peace and Conflict Review Ross Ryan holds degrees in political science and literature from McMaster University, Canada and the M.A. degree in environmental security from the University for Peace, Costa Rica. He is chief editor of the Peace and Conflict Monitor and managing editor of the Peace and Conflict Review, as well as instructor in the department of peace studies and liaison officer of the media, peace and conflict studies specialization. He is currently working on a research project entitled “Information Technology, Civic Engagement, and the Cyber-Ethnography of Peace Movements”.

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