Below you can find details about our upcoming online courses.
TPU Online Courses: 1st Term 2017
Transcend Peace University (TPU) is an online university managed by the Galtung-Institute.
Conflicts at the Micro Level - 1st Term 2017Monday, 13. March 2017, 10:00 - Friday, 9. June 2017, 17:00
Course instructor(s): Kees Van der Veer
This course deals with interpersonal conflicts, causes, coping strategies and conflict resolution from a social psychological point of view.
The objectives of this course are:
1. Getting insight in potential causes of interpersonal conflicts.
Content part one
Content part two
Advanced Conflict Transformation - 1st Term 2017Monday, 13. March 2017, 10:00 - Friday, 9. June 2017, 17:00
Course instructor(s): Prof. Johan Galtung
This course is based on the book “A Theory of Conflict” by Prof. Galtung, TRANSCEND University Press, 2010 which will be freely available to participants. It is also assumed that the course participants know some of the pertinent freely available material on transcend.org/galtung.
Further, the elementary book by the same author, Transcend & Transform, London-Boulder CO: Pluto, Paradigm 2003, should be read.
Assignments during the course will be: four individual essays, and four collective essays; all with responses from the course director. All essays and all responses will be communicated to all participants for collective learning.
Goal: to acquire a creative, constructive and concrete idea of conflict and its transformation, through the book and complex, real life, exercises. At the same time to have the conflict of one’s own choice discussed with the participants and the course director.
The course, which spans 6 weekends, covering a total of 12 weeks, will give an insight into the method of conflict transformation (including conflict theory, conflict analysis & peace theory). In order to develop a more multilateral approach to interactive learning, the course, directed by Prof. Johan Galtung, is organized into modules with the contribution of other experts through six Skype sessions, involving when possible, also parties to the conflicts.Interaction is an integral part of the online course. Participants are expected to work together through a chat room provided as facility by TPU and the Galtung –Institut online platform, and are expected to deliver 6 collective essays (of maximum 10 pages, Font: Times new Roman size 10), on the six cases listed below:
Study course material will be made available on Tuesdays in order to be discussed and developed during the next Skype session. At the end of that, participants will get a collective assignment on which they will work together for the following week. Written collective essays are expected on Tuesdays (eleven days later), whilst responses and comments by Prof. Galtung are issued within 72 hours. Everything distributed to all participants for collective learning. Due to the nature of the course, deadlines must be respected. No waiting for late-comers.
Please notice: the Skype sessions will last 1 (one) hour (with some flexibility) and will be organized according to the time zone of participants and course instructors. They are meant as a Question/Answers session based on the reading material. Studying it is essential!
The course is based on Johan Galtung’s books:
Participants will also receive additional reading-material, assignments and comments from the other experts involved during the 12 weeks of the course.
By the end of the course participants should:
The course provides the necessary toolkit for analyzing conflicts and investigating pathways to solutions, through the lens of nonviolence, empathy and creativity.