The Postgraduate Certificate in Peace Process Practices is designed to enable students attain a deep understanding of the nature of the conflict dynamics and issues related to peace, security, violence, democracy building, intra- and inter-state wars, peace operations, conflict management, mediation and negotiation, conflict transformation and sustainable development with particular reference to the Irish Peace Process. The programme contributors are experienced mediators in conflict and peacemaking and draw from this experience in their presentations. Leading actors in the Irish Peace Process present their lived experience to the class. Previous guest speakers included; Baroness Nuala O'Loan, Ms Liz O'Donnell, Mr Bertie Ahern and Mr Austin Currie. Students develop practice skills in conflict intervention through simulation and a Peace Project. This project is developed, implemented and self assessed while on the programme.
What can I expect to Learn?
Having completed the programme, students will have acquired the following knowledge and understanding will:
•Comprehend and differentiate alternative theories, concepts, interpretations and discourses of peace and conflict
•Gain an understanding of the theories and concepts of peace and conflict and their application.
•Have an advanced understanding of the emergence, nature and significance of conflict analysis/conflict resolution as a distinct field of academic enquiry
•Gain an advanced understanding of the nature of conflict and the variety of mechanisms and processes available for its management and resolution
Who is this course for?
Anyone with a continuing interest in deepening their understanding of conflict dynamics and interventions in the context of national and international Peace Process Practices.
What qualifications will I receive?
Successful students will graduate with a Maynooth University Post Graduate Certificate in Mediation & Conflict Intervention - Peace Process Practices at level 9 in the National Framework of Qualifications and 20 ECTs.
Students who are successful in the Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation & Conflict Intervention will also be deemed to have completed two modules of nine required for the Masters in Mediation & Conflict Intervention. They can then add modules to build either to a Postgraduate Diploma in Mediation & Conflict Intervention or complete a Masters in Mediation & Conflict Intervention.
Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University
This programme is run in conjunction with the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University. The Institute, dedicated to the late Senator Edward M Kennedy as an acknowledgement of his immense commitment to Ireland, is an interactive hub which actively promotes learning, research, best practice and dialogue in the field of conflict intervention. While the Institute is university based at Maynooth University, it has a high level of engagement with the wider community including key practitioners and organisations active in the practice of conflict intervention. You can learn more @ http://kennedyinstitute.nuim.ie/.