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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
    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-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
    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 #2
    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 #6
    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 Earth Charter Auditorium
    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 Earth Charter Auditorium
    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
    UPE 6073 Religious Peacebuilding and the Ecological... View More Optional Lesya Sabada() View More 1 1 week 10-Feb-2020 14-Feb-2020 1:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
    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 Classroom #3
    RMSED 6044 Leading in Times of Change:... View More Recommended Mohit Mukherjee(India) View More 1 1 weeks 09-Mar-2020 09-Mar-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #4
    DED 6044 Measuring Sustainability View More Recommended Jan Breitling(Germany) View More 1 1 weeks NOTE "Students who take Measuring Sustainability course MUST take the 2 credit Transition to a Low Carbon Economy Course" 16-Mar-2020 20-Mar-2020 1:15 PM-4:15 PM Classroom #5
    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 #3
    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
    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 6029 Climate Adaptation and Climate Justice View More Recommended Olivia Sylvester(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 11-May-2020 05-Jun-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Council Room
  • Faculty

    Resident Faculty

  • 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
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    Total USD $0.00

    Administrative Fees are not refundable

  • Student Life

    Student Life

    Humans of UPEACE was modeled after the famous Humans of New York photography project, designed to tell the stories of 10,000 New Yorkers on the street. At UPEACE, we believe our community – composed of current students, Alumni, Faculty, Visiting Professors, staff members, and partners – is our greatest asset and their stories worth sharing with the world. We invite you to dive into these stories and get to know the exceptional #UPEACERS that make the University for Peace a unique and diverse learning community, dedicated to training leaders for peace determined to reshape the world.

    Their stories are the best way to get a real feeling for the Student Life Experience at UPEACE!

    Click on the HoU logo below to get started!

    Student Body

    The University for Peace is characterized by its diversity and multiculturalism. For 2019-2020, we have 124 students from 32 countries. 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!

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  • 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.