CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials
Certificate of Advanced Studies

Civilian peacebuilding plays a crucial role in efforts to transform violent conflict, promote peace, rebuild war-torn societies and prevent the recurrence of violence. This postgraduate course provides a holistic understanding of civilian peacebuilding. It analyzes theories, concepts, debates, policies and practices in:

  • Peacebuilding & statebuilding
  • Gender in conflict & peacebuilding
  • Peacebuilding methodologies
  • Peace mediation
  • Dealing with the past & transitional justice
  • Business, conflict & human rights

 

Your benefits

  • Reflect critically on peacebuilding practices
  • Link theoretical and conceptual inputs with your work activities
  • Acquire peacebuilding skills and tools
  • Benefit from a wide network of peacebuilding professionals

 

Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, skills training and self-study.

The course consists of five on-site modules and can be taken over one or two years (21 course days). On-site classes take place once a month (Friday and Saturday), the two 3-day trainings take place from Wednesday to Friday at swisspeace in Basel, Switzerland. Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study.

Course structure & dates 2018/19

CAS, DAS and MAS framework

1. Introductory Module (2 days)
How has the field of civilian peacebuilding evolved, both in terms of academia and practice? Participants review the main peacebuilding theories, discuss concepts and examine the development of peacebuilding policies and practices. A special focus is put on conflict analysis and the prevention of violent conflicts.

2. Thematic Module
Participants receive theoretical, conceptual and practice-oriented inputs in five major civilian peacebuilding fields and reflect on peacebuilding practices.

Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding (3 days)
What is the role of the state in peace and conflict? How can state and non-state actors contribute to peacebuilding? What role is there for external actors in these processes? This thematic block looks at the state, governance structures and practices in weak, fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Participants look critically at the concept of state fragility and reflect on the complex interplay between peacebuilding and statebuilding.

Business, Conflict & Peacebuilding (2 days)
What is needed for businesses to operate responsibly in volatile areas? This thematic block explores this question from various angles. It discusses state of the art international standards on business and human rights and ways for companies to implement them. It sheds light on the roles and strategies of companies, governments, international organizations and civil society in promoting responsible business practices.

Peace Mediation (2 days)
Mediators bring conflict parties to the negotiating table and support them in finding agreements. In the last decade the range of actors in mediation has broadened beyond diplomats and UN experts and frequently professional mediators are brought in. Participants gain insights into the challenges that mediators face when facilitating dialogue and searching for peace agreements.

Dealing with the Past (2 days)
Finding a way to deal with a violent past is argued by some to be the basis for lasting peace, democracy and the rule of law. This includes the identification of past human rights violations, the prosecution of perpetrators, the rehabilitation of victims, the establishment of truth commissions, reparation programs, institutional reforms, etc. Participants critically reflect on such processes and assess their effects on society, victims and perpetrators.

Peace Mediation (2 days)
Mediators bring conflict parties to the negotiating table and support them in finding agreements. In the last decade the range of actors in mediation has broadened beyond diplomats and UN experts and frequently professional mediators are brought in. Participants gain insights into the challenges that mediators face when facilitating dialogue and searching for peace agreements.

Gender, Conflict & Peacebuilding (2 days)
How do gender roles change during phases of violent conflict and war? And how does this affect peacebuilding processes? Participants examine the gender-specific dimensions in conflict and peacebuilding. They reflect critically on the notions of masculinity, violence and militarism in wartime as well as on discourses on women as actors and victims of war.

3. Training Module (6 days)
Participants refine their skills in designing, implementing and evaluating effective peacebuilding strategies and relevant peacebuilding projects. They can select two trainings from the offer of 3-day training courses on peacebuilding methodologies.

4. Applied Module (2 days)
Participants apply the knowledge acquired throughout the course on a specific contexts and exchange with practitioners.

5. Concluding Module (1 day)
For the Concluding Module, participants write a final thesis. They present their findings at the last course day to participants and course management. Together with invited guests, conclusions on civilian peacebuilding are drawn and an outlook on future developments is given.

This course can be taken as one module of the Diploma and Master of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding programs offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel (18 ECTS).

COURSE LANGUAGE
English

The course is designed for practitioners and academics interested in bridging their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge on civilian peacebuilding. A minimum of two years of professional experience in relevant fields and a university degree (minimum BA) or an equivalent educational background are required.

  • Prof. Dr. Laurent Goetschel
  • Franziska Sigrist

Leading international scholars and experienced practitioners facilitate this program. Assignments include writing a learning portfolio, an essay and a CAS final thesis linked to the thematic areas dealt with during the course.

DIRECTORS OF STUDIES
Prof. Dr. Laurent Goetschel
University of Basel and Director of swisspeace
Franziska Sigrist
MA, Head of Training, swisspeace

CONTACT
Franziska Sigrist
swisspeace
Bernoullistrasse 14-16
CH-4056 Basel

Tel. +41 31 330 12 12
academy@swisspeace.ch
swisspeace.ch/courses

CHF 9,600
Travel, food and accommodation costs are not included in the fee.

Kurs beginnt am:
Freitag, 21.09.2018
Kurs endet am:
Freitag, 23.08.2019

Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät der Universität Basel

The CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials is offered annually and runs from September to August. The course consists of five on-site modules and can be taken over one or two years (21 course days). On-site classes take place once a month (Friday and Saturday), the two 3-day trainings take place from Wednesday to Friday at swisspeace in Basel, Switzerland.

Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study.

Course structure & dates 2018/19

CAS, DAS and MAS framework

Apply now on the swisspeace website

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