This is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary programme taught through subject areas that include law, anthropology, english, history, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology and the creative arts. Module choice within the programme will permit you to build your own personalised portfolio of knowledge and learning within the area of conflict transformation and social justice. You will be taught by academics and practitioners whose expertise is both national and global and who offer research-led teaching in areas of conflict such as South/ Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Southern Europe, South America and Northern Ireland.
Conflict Transformation and Social Justice highlights
Queens University offers the only global MA programme on Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.
World Class Facilities
•Established in 2016, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is an international center of excellence at Queen's University Belfast. The Institute fosters collaborations across a range of subject areas which allow the Faculty to address some of the key global challenges faced in seeking to achieve fairness, security, prosperity, social harmony and progress. A flagship for interdisciplinary research in areas of major societal challenge, the Mitchell Institute brings together excellent researchers from a wide range of disciplines to tackle some of the greatest global issues of our age.
Internationally Renowned Experts
•You will be taught by staff with research profiles of international standing, and wide ranges of interest in conflict transformation and social justice. You will have annual masterclasses with visiting world-leading researchers, diplomats and/or practitioners.
•Location of Belfast: globally-significant locale for conflict and peace research; access to institutions, community projects, case studies for students' own work. Only MA actively facilitating study and research that combines cultural and creative aspects of conflict transformation and social justice together with their socio-legal, institutional and inter-state contexts. Only MA in the field to be interdisciplinary across all the humanities and social sciences in order to offer a fully rounded and multilevel analysis of the subject whilst offering optional modules for specialisation. Teaching in advanced research methods, with particular emphasis on methodologies appropriate for research in the fields of conflict transformation, social justice and societies in transition. Opportunities to conduct new empirical research in the field. Opportunities to complete assignments with direct policy relevance.
Students will study and critically examine the key conceptual, moral, legal, political and cultural issues that relate to conflict, conflict transformation and social justice. This will relate to the fields of political science, law, sociology, history, anthropology, English, drama and psychology. A student cannot take more than 40 credits in any School, except for the Institute. Where a student wishes to take more than 40 credits in a particular School, it is recommended that they apply for the Masters programme in that School. The taught modules are delivered during two 12 week semesters.
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
You will be part of a community of learners within the Institute who are dedicated to understanding conflict and its transformation. Class time includes plenty of opportunity for discussion. You will have annual masterclasses with world-leading experts and be able to attend the numerous public lectures organised by the Institute. You will also meet your lecturers and classmates at monthly brown-bag lunches and other informal events. Some students may avail of the opportunity to participate in voluntary, non-assessed placements with local peacebuilding organisations.