Frequently Asked Questions
What should you expect to get out of this course?
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- recognize and apply the various theories, methods, and strategies of conflict transformation, while encouraging students to be engaged as global citizens;
- identify the various components of problem-solving workshops, dialogues, citizen advocacy activities, third-party mediation and reconciliation meetings, nonviolent resistance movements, development and humanitarian aid, “post”-conflict trauma healing methods and sensitivities, and high-level negotiations and treaties;
- understand the strengths and limitations of peacebuilding “from the ground up” through community-based movements and strategies that ascend through the filters of local governments, middle-range leaders, and high-level legislators and policymakers;
- gain an understanding of the broader spectrum of political, economic, social, religious, ethnic, and cultural forces that can be harmonized to affect social change;
- evaluate case studies that successfully implemented conflict transformation methods and strategies tailored to specific conflicts; understand models for interpreting the causes of violent conflict and the conditions for building a durable peace in intra-state and international settings;
- identify the various stages of conflict and the ways in which nonviolent intervention can mitigate violence and use conflict as an opportunity for social change and peaceful coexistence;
- transpose themes, considerations, skills, and analyses from intra- and international peacebuilding from the ground up into more local, community, and personal and interpersonal peacemaking and conflict transformation.
What is the format and length of the course?
This course has six modules with a total of 4+ hours of lecture material, plus other additional video and written content. Each section contains an exclusive and substantial detailed video lecture that's synchronized with a Keynote presentation ranging from over a half an hour to one full hour long and supplemental video clips from IRPJ's partner and friend, The Work of the People, and many other videos from IRPJ's media library that are hand-picked by the instructor. This course also includes an exclusive lecture from well-known peacebuilder, activist, and author, Lisa Schirch, as well as supplemental readings provided as PDFs. The course is a completely self-paced, online course.
What materials will I need and will I have access to the lecturers?
All you will need is a computer with internet access and access to the recommended textbooks books (optional). Students can access all exclusive recorded video lectures once enroled. Unfortunately, the instructor is not available to interact or answer questions. Our suggestion would be to dialogue with a group of people going through the course, and to seek out a local practitioner.
How long do I have access to the course?
A lifetime. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like — across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.