Academic Course Calendar

Courses and Teachers
From March 2017 To March 2017
Course listings are continously updated with new information
Courses Teacher Credits # Weeks Dates
Monitoreo: Rol de la Sociedad Civil en temas de Derechos Humanos (1 crédito)
Marcia Aguiluz
(Costa Rica)
1 credits
1 weeks
1-3 Mar 2017
8:45am - 11:45am At Classroom #2
International Refugee Law
Ana Belen Anguita

Luis Diego Obando

Marco Formesano

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Costa Rica

Pablo Rodriguez
(Costa Rica)
1 credits
1 week
20-24 Mar 2017
1:15pm - 4:15pm At Classroom #3
Disarmament Education
Manish Thapa
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
2 credits
2 weeks
20-31 Mar 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Gender and Media
Heather Kertyzia
2 credits
2 weeks
20-31 Mar 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Classroom #2
International Law and the International Labour Organization
Ana Catalina Ramirez

Francesco Carella

ILO Team -

Noortje Denker

Tania Caron

1 credits
1 weeks
27-31 Mar 2017
1:15PM - 4:15PM At Classroom #3

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This course provides a basic framework of international refugee law, policy and practice. The course focuses on the institutional framework of refugee protection and its relationship to the broader human rights system. The Course will be taught by a training group comprised by staff members of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) office in San José.

In an age where a world war involving nuclear weapons could eliminate the entire human species, disarmament education is a necessary and invaluable tool for change. The purpose of this course is to raise awareness, that we live in an era of military security that takes precedence over human security. Disarmament disappeared as an element of university studies with the end of the Cold War. Education is a critically important element of sustainable peace. Disarmament education focuses on reducing, controlling, and eliminating weapons of all kinds in order to undermine militarism and prevent armed conflict and armed violence. It is a cross-cutting form of education that reinforces and learns from conflict resolution, communication, cross-cultural understanding, tolerance of diversity, non-violence, economic justice, gender equity, environmental preservation, demilitarization, development, human rights, and international humanitarian law.

As we have established in previous courses, media (in both its traditional and “new” forms) shapes our past, present, and future, and contributes in significant ways to the escalation of conflict and to practices of peace building. Here, we emphasize the gendered aspects of these processes.

In this course, we approach the media as a space for the negotiation of gendered identities, and interrogate the politics of representation from a multi-cultural and trans-disciplinary perspective. Our gender-focused analysis will address both the content of media messaging, and the wider social context of media production, activism, and advocacy. The agency of women in the media industry and the integration of gender in media NGOs will be considered in detail. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to engage with feminist critiques of media and communication studies, and to add their voices to contemporary debates on media, power, and gender.

Media is both an influential tool of socio-political and structural change, and an authoritative force for maintaining the status quo, and it is therefore essential to understand the full implications of its gendered dimensions.

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Heather Kertyzia is currently an assistant professor of Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at California State University Dominguez Hills. She focuses on peace education, working with teachers in participatory action research to create more peaceful secondary schools. As a former secondary school teacher, Heather understands the importance of the local community in building more socially, economically and environmentally just educational spaces. As an interdisciplinary student and scholar, she has worked with communities throughout the Americas, with a recent focus on partnering with local grassroots organizations in Nicaragua.

Head, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of International Peace Studies Programme and International Peace Studies with specialization in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies Programme
Dr. Manish Thapa is Resident Professor of International Peace Studies at UPEACE. He is one of the founding members of Department of Conflict, Peace & Development Studies at Tribhuvan University Nepal (2007-2015). He is also currently Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw, Poland and Senior Research Fellow at Center for Europe – University of Warsaw- Poland. He received his Post Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Warsaw. He has served as Research Fellow in several universities and institutes in Europe and North America such as the University of Warsaw; Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Uppsala University; Brown University; McGill-Echenberg Human Rights Fellow & Jeanne Sauvé Scholar, McGill University; Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. His publications include 6 books and numerous journal articles and book chapters including "Foreign Policy in the Global South: Anti-Westernism, Rhetoric and Identity" (Co-editor), London: Routledge 2017 (Forthcoming - In Press); "From Bullet to Ballot – Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Nepal: Lessons Learned and Unlearned" (Editor), London: Routledge 2017 (Proposal accepted); "Internal Conflicts & Peacebuilding Challenges" (Editor), New Delhi: K W Publishers 2016 and "India in the Contemporary World: Polity, Economy and International Relations" (Co-editor), London: Routledge 2014.

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.

Docteur en droit, University of Strasbourg, France. Specialized studies (political sciences and constitutional law) in the Center for Constitutional Studies, Madrid. Former Alternate Representative to the United Nations (Geneva). Former Legal Director, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (San Jose, C. Rica). Professor at the University of Costa Rica since 1984. Publications in the field of international and constitutional law. Former Viceminister of Interior, Costa Rica.


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