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Students will gain an understanding of the various judicial and non-judicial bodies that are at the frontline of questions of interpretation, the development of international human rights standards, and enforcement. In addition, students receive training in hands on skills in the realm of reporting, monitoring and evaluation of human rights. Finally, as the globalization of business and investment is increasing in force and speed, with important human rights implications, this specialization explores the interaction between economics and rights, asking critical questions about this process and potential solutions.

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  • Overview

    Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

    The Master of Arts Dual-Degree Programme in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRSD) allows participants to study environmental and development policies and practices from the perspectives of both the Global South and North, and from both local and global viewpoints. Students spend one year each at UPEACE and at American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C. American University contributes with strengths in international relations, environmental policy, and economics, while UPEACE provides a unique opportunity to study sustainable development, environmental governance, and natural resources management on the ground in a developing context. All courses at UPEACE include field trips to different locations around Costa Rica where students will learn through direct engagement with government and non-governmental organizations, community members, and other local stakeholders. Graduates of this program receive an M.A. in International Affairs from American University and an M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from UPEACE.

  • Study Plan

    Academic Course Calendar and Professors

    Code Courses Type Professor Credits Weeks Dates Hours Classroom
    DED-6007 Environment, Conflicts, and Sustainability View More Mandatory Jan Breitling(Germany) View More 3 3 weeks 18-Sep-2019 08-Oct-2019 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Council Room
    NRD 6083 Natural Resource Management Field Course View More Mandatory Jan Breitling(Germany) View More 3 3 weeks 02-Mar-2020 13-Mar-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Earth Charter Auditorium
    UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More Amr Abdalla(Egypt) View More 3 3 weeks 26-Aug-2019 13-Sep-2019 8:45am-11:45am Council Room
    DED-6023 Research Methods View More Mandatory Olivia Sylvester(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 13-Jan-2020 31-Jan-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Council Room
    NRD 6092 Management of Coastal Resources View More Recommended Marco Quesada(Costa Rica) View More 3 3 weeks 25-Nov-2019 13-Dec-2019 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #5
    NRD 6075 Forests, Forestry and Poverty View More Recommended Jan Breitling(Germany) View More 3 3 weeks 25-Nov-2019 13-Dec-2019 8:45 AM1-11:45 AM Classroom #2
    RMSED 6042 Project Management View More Recommended Alonso Muñoz(Costa Rica) View More 1 1 weeks 11-May-2020 15-May-2020 - Other
    DED 6029 Climate Adaptation and Climate Justice View More Recommended Olivia Sylvester(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 11-May-2020 29-May-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #3
    DED 6043 Urban Sustainability View More Recommended TBA .() View More 3 3 weeks May 1st Labor day (doble session) TBA 30-Apr-2020 30-Apr-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM
    DED 6037 Climate Change Governance View More Recommended Melania Guerra Carrillo(Costa Rica) View More 3 3 weeks 03-Feb-2020 21-Feb-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #4
    DED 6041 Science for Environmental Management View More Recommended Jan Breitling(Germany) View More 3 3 weeks 16-Mar-2020 03-Apr-2020 1:15 PM-4:15 PM Classroom #2
    DED 6038 Water Security and Peace View More Recommended Gabriela Cuadrado-Quesada(Costa Rica) View More 3 3 weeks 04-Nov-2019 22-Nov-2019 1:15 PM-4:15 PM Classroom #1
    DED 6043 Urban Sustainability View More Recommended TBA .() View More 3 3 weeks (doble session) TBA 13-Apr-2020 30-Apr-2020 1:15 PM-4:15 PM Classroom #4
    RMSED 6044 Leading in Times of Change:... View More Recommended Mohit Mukherjee(India) View More 3 1 week 09-Mar-2020 09-Mar-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Council Room
    GPB 6043 Gender, Human Security, and Development View More Optional Cordula Reimann(Germany/Switzerland) View More 3 3 weeks (NOTE: Including one double session, 8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on 30 April 2020. Holiday on 1 May 2020) 13-Apr-2020 30-Apr-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #1
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Resident Faculty

    • M.Sc. Jan Breitling (Germany/Costa Rica), Head of the Department;
    • M.A. Alonso Muñoz (Costa Rica), Assistant Professor & Coordinator, M.A. in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development;
    • Dr. Olivia Sylvester, Assistant Professor.

    Visiting Professors

  • Requirements

    Admissions

    Admission is handled directly by American University. Accordingly, all candidates must follow the admissions procedures listed here.

    Once the admission applications are complete, applicants are evaluated by Faculty members at both universities and notified of their admissions status.

    For more information, please contact specialprogrammes@upeace.org.

  • Cost & Finalcial Aid
    Tuition USD $0.00
    Administrative Fees* USD $0.00
    Total USD $0.00

    Administrative Fees are not refundable


    Payment Dates

    USD $0.00
    USD $0.00
    Total USD $0.00

    Administrative Fees are not refundable

  • Student Life

    Student Body

    The University for Peace is characterized by its diversity and multiculturalism. For 2018-2019, we have 174 students from 55 countries (166 women vs. 58 men). As a result, our campus is always full of student activities, most of them organized by the students themselves. In past years, we have had yoga classes, conversation classes in different languages, the celebration of cultural nights (Asian night, Latin night, European night, etc.), as well as institutional activities open to students (Zumba classes, academic "brown bag" lunches, etc.). 

    Learn more about what to expect from your stay in Costa Rica, including approximate living expenses, here.

    Join us, your future is waiting for you!

  • Career Info
  • Apply

    Admissions

    Admission is handled directly by American University. Accordingly, all candidates must follow the admissions procedures listed here.

    Once the admission applications are complete, applicants are evaluated by Faculty members at both universities and notified of their admissions status.

    For more information, please contact specialprogrammes@upeace.org.