Academic Course Calendar

Courses and Teachers
November 2017
Course listings are continously updated with new information
Courses Teacher Credits # Weeks Dates
Hybrid Diploma in Social Innovation
Mohit Mukherjee
0 credits
18 months
1-3 Nov 2017
Positive Leadership
Mohit Mukherjee
0 credits
3 days
1-3 Nov 2017
Fundamentos de Estudio de Paz y Conflicto
Manuela Mesa
3 credits
3 weeks
6-24 Nov 2017
8:45am - 11:45am At Classroom #4
Regenerative Leadership
Mohit Mukherjee
0 credits
4 weeks
06 Nov-01 Dec 2017
Universal System for Protection of Human Rights (1 credit)
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
1 credits
1 weeks
13-17 Nov 2017
8:45am - 11:45am At Technology Learning Center
Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age
Mariateresa Garrido Villareal
1 credits
1 weeks
20-24 Nov 2017
8:45am - 11:45am At Council Room
Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development
Mayumi Yamada
3 credits
2 weeks (including five double sessions -Dates TBC- 8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.)
20 Nov-01 Dec 2017
8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. At Classroom #3

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The Hybrid Diploma in Social Innovation is awarded upon completing 5 of the UPEACE Centre’s courses within a period of 18 months, including one onsite professional development workshop.  You will begin the program in Costa Rica from November 1-3, 2017 for the Positive Leadership seminar. Also required is the online course ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change.’ 

In addition to these courses, you may choose 3 more from the following options:

  • Skills for Effective Negotiations
  • Designing Your Life: Innovating From the Inside Out
  • Educating in Changing Times: Reflect, Rethink, Rebuild
  • Mission Impossible: Measuring Outcomes & Impact
  • Social Media for Social Innovation
  • Regenerative Leadership

These courses are offered several times during the year, so make sure to check our list of courses and their upcoming dates.  In order to enroll in these courses, just send us your choice of courses, so we can reserve your space. 

Please note that travel expenses to and in Costa Rica for the Positive Leadership workshop are not included in the Hybrid Diploma cost of $2,395.

This course will cover the following themes:

  • Integral Leadership
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Self-Evaluation and energy audit
  • Conflict Style and Resolution
  • Practicing Innovative Thinking
  • Getting Things Done

Siguiendo el mandato de la Carta de la Universidad para la Paz, se presenta una introducción a los estudios de
paz y conflicto en el contexto global, inclusivo y contemporáneo actual, entregando a l@s cursantes una visión
general del mismo, lo que les dará las herramientas básicas para profundizar posteriormente y en el transcurso
del programa sobre los mismos elementos. Tomando en cuenta que la Carta de la UPAZ le otorga el mandato
de incluir en sus programas el estudio de la irenologia, utilizándola como método de análisis de las relaciones
internacionales, se evaluaran las definiciones de paz, de conflictos declarados y no declarados, de potenciales
soluciones y transformaciones de estos conflictos, así como los fundamentos teóricos de la paz; aproximando sus
fundamentos doctrinarios al análisis del contexto político internacional actual. Esta gestión académica permite
abordar el concepto sobre la Paz en los términos de la UNESCO, esto es, que la Paz no es solo la ausencia de la
guerra si no también la satisfacción de todas las necesidades humanas, incluyendo la realización de la justicia, el
desarrollo económico y social equilibrado, la desaparición de la violencia estructural, la pobreza, la desigualdad,
el racismo, la xenofobia, y los prejuicios y estereotipos culturales negativos. Filosofía de la paz y de la no violencia.

It will cover the following topic areas:

  • Week 1: Sustainability and Sustainable Development
  • Week 2: The Power of Regenerative Leaders
  • Week 3: Other Sustainability Frameworks and Tools
  • Week 4: Strategic Planning for Sustainability: The Pyramid Process

Every communication technology presents different benefits and challenges for the protection of the right to freedom of expression, and the Internet is not the exception. Internet-based platforms provide innumerable possibilities to seek, receive, and impart information without limitations and regardless the frontiers. The current media landscape is affecting the form in which the human right to freedom of expression is exercised. This course discusses this situation and provides students with the necessary skills to promote and guarantee this right in the digital era.

In order to do that, the course starts with the analysis of the social organization. The Network Society theory will be used as a framework to understand the importance of information and communication technologies (ICT), and why people are highly dependent on the Internet. After, the course continues with the identification of the legal instruments protecting the right to freedom of expression. Students will identify the main obligations derived from International Human Rights Law, they will analyse how states should promote the simultaneous protection of competing rights, and they will discuss some of the most relevant topics in this field nowadays (i.e. protection of journalists, dissemination of hate speech, war on terror, and the role of Internet Services Providers). After this class, students will have the necessary skills to promote the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and to defend it in case of violations.

Based on theories and experiences from diverse cultural contexts, this course will provide students with a holistic and critical understanding of the linkages between gender, sustainable development, environment, and classic economic approaches. The notion of “development” itself will be critically analysed. The inequality between women’s and men’s access to and ownership of resources, along with power differentials in decision-making will be considered. Students will then focus on a more gender inclusive, eco-feminist model for participatory action. This directs the focus to issues of environmental justice, corporate and social responsibility and ethics, while raising questions about current strategies. The course also makes visible the differential impacts of global warming , climate change and scarcity of resources given that already women are the poorest in the planet an yet they are pivotal actors for survival and change.

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Codirectora del Instituto universitario DEMOSPAZ en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Directora del Centro de Educación e Investigación para la Paz (CEIPAZ) de la Fundación Cultura de Paz. Vicepresidenta de WILPF-España (Liga Internacional de Mujeres por la Paz y la Libertad). Miembro del Comité Internacional de la red Global Action to Prevent War y del Comité de Expertos sobre el Peace Index. Dirige el anuario de CEIPAZ sobre paz y conflictos desde 2004 hasta la actualidad. Vocal Experta en el Consejo de Cooperación ( 2009-2012). Miembro del Consejo de Redacción de la revista Documentación Social y de Pensamiento Propio. Profesora y docente en diversos master, cursos y seminarios. Ha sido presidenta de la Asociación Española de Investigación para la Paz (AIPAZ) en el periodo 2006-2013. Sus líneas de investigación actuales se centran en el papel de la sociedad civil en la construcción de la paz y en particular sobre el papel de las mujeres en la construcción de la paz, violencia transnacional en Centroamérica y Comunicación y Educación para el Desarrollo.

Mariateresa Garrido is Teaching Assistant and a Doctoral Student at UPEACE. She holds two Master's Degrees one from UPEACE in International Law and the Settlement of the Disputes and one from the Central University of Venezuela in International Law. Prior to her Master's Degree she had been working in promoting and defending human rights in Venezuela with different organizations such as Transparency International and Espacio Publico. Her principal research area is related to freedom of expression and safety of journalists.

Mayumi Yamada (Ph.D.).
Resident Professor and Head of Doctoral Programme

Dr. Mayumi Yamada is Resident Professor and Head of the Doctoral Programme of the UN Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. Prior to joining UPEACE, she worked as the Recovery, Reintegration & Peace Building Officer of United Nations Mission in South Sudan. During the December Crisis 2013 in South Sudan, she remained as a life-saving staff, directly managing one of the biggest Protection of Civilians sites by supporting humanitarian assistance. Before joining UNMISS, she worked with UNDP Offices in Kazakhstan (Semipalatinsk: ex-nuclear testing sites), Maldives, Lao PDR and Solomon Islands, and the UN Centre for Regional Development (Disaster Management Planning Unit). She holds a Ph.D. Degree in Sustainable Development from Imperial College London, UK. She is originally from Kobe (Japan), who survived from the Great Hanshin- Awaji Earthquake in 1995.

Dr. Miriam Estrada-Castillo (Ecuador) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Law. 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.

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