This online certificate program teaches you a comprehensive foundation for creating sustainable peace in societies that have emerged from violent conflict. The international relations and diplomacy curriculum consists of selecting five diplomacy courses for a total of 15 graduate credits.
Choose 5 of the Following 6 Graduate Course Options (15 Credits Total):
DIPL 6004 Peacemaking and Peacekeeping (3)
DIPL 6250 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Plural Societies (3)
DIPL 6251 Justice, Truth and Reconciliation in Post Conflict Societies (3)
DIPL 6252 Institutions of Post Conflict Governance (3)
DIPL 6253 Civil Conflict and Development (3)
DIPL 6254 Fieldwork in Post-Conflict Societies (3)
DIPL 6004 Peacemaking and Peacekeeping (3 credit hours)
Examines theories and research concerning the nature and causes of conflict at both the domestic and international levels, as well as methods for avoiding, managing or resolving such conflicts.
DIPL 6250 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Plural Societies (3 credit hours)
This course aims to present and discuss the major theoretical and empirical approaches to intra-state conflict and conflict resolution. It examines theories that attempt to explain causes and courses of violent ethnic conflicts and civil wars. It discusses the roles played by ethnicity, religion, culture and development in the generation, conduct, and resolution of social conflicts. It also investigates the dynamics of post-conflict peace-building and reconstruction in plural societies. It would ground students the basic concepts of conflict resolution and skills of diagnosing social conflict.
DIPL 6251 Justice, Truth and Reconciliation in Post Conflict Societies (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the ongoing debate between truth and justice in post-conflict societies, and how to maintain balance of the two in order to pave the way for post-conflict state sustainability. The course interrogates rule of law, justice, and truth as they relate to both the victims and perpetrators of serious human rights violations, and examines the question of reconciliation in the aftermath of violence. Also, included in the course are the nature, scope of mandate, and procedures of truth and reconciliation commissions.
DIPL 6252 Institutions of Post Conflict Governance (3 credit hours)
This course seeks to answer two basic questions: 1) why have states failed and 2) what can be done to prevent failure and rebuild weak/failed states in the 21st century? To answer these questions, this course focuses on the integral role that institutions play in ensuring the day-to-day stability of nation-states. The course will explore the theory and practice of rebuilding institutions to strengthen states that have undergone failure, and assess strengths and shortcomings of varied interventions at the institutional level.
DIPL 6253 Civil Conflict and Development (3 credit hours)
One of the central challenges in post-conflict reconstruction is rebuilding a viable economy. This course examines the economic after-effects of civil wars and how states and international organizations have responded to the challenge of rebuilding post-conflict economies. Students will appraise the possible tradeoffs that exist in forming a government that can protect property rights, reconstituting a viable economy, and promoting peace. In evaluating the role of international actors (through foreign aid and the role of the IMF and World Bank), our aim is to develop and propose more optimal policies that mitigate these tradeoffs.
DIPL 6254 Fieldwork in Post-Conflict Societies (3 credit hours)
This course deals with the practical aspects of post conflict state reconstruction and sustainability, including the various roles played by UN agencies, governmental and non-governmental international organizations, local non-governmental organizations, target state agencies, and others involved in capacity building and resilience in post conflict states. It examines various-questions, among which are: What roles do NGOs play in agenda-setting and in the actual reconstruction effort? How do various stakeholders initiate, adopt, and implement policies? What are the dynamics of inter-agency cooperation and coordination? What constraints and impediments do people on the ground face in their day-to-day activities? What are the bases for project evaluation? What are the challenges in building effective and resilient state institutions after the end of conflicts? What are the dynamics of post-conflict economic recovery and societal reconciliation processes?