Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) offers an undergraduate major in peace and conflict transformation studies and a master’s degree in peacebuilding and collaborative development. They focus on development and conflict analysis while exploring “alternative ways of dealing with conflict that develop healthy relationships and prevent violence.” At the undergraduate level, both three- and four-year B.A. programs are offered.
The curriculum for the four-year B.A. in peace and conflict transformation studies requires an introductory course and a senior seminar. Remaining coursework is drawn from diverse lists of electives grouped by two thematic areas: analyzing peace and violence, and peacebuilding. There is also a credit requirement for practical training in a peace skills field, such as mediation or nonviolent direct action, as well as a practicum in a relevant placement. The three-year B.A. is identical except that fewer credits are needed.
Building on over 25 years of experience in delivering undergraduate programs in conflict resolution, peace, and international development studies, CMU now offers a Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development that blends these core themes. It is designed both for practitioners and for those pursuing academic studies.
CMU also sponsors the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, which offers intensive summer courses on topics relevant to peacebuilders from around the world, and publishes Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies.
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