Conflicts are everyday occurrences in people’s lives, social groups and international relations. In all historic times, in all cultures, groups and countries, the quest for peace has been ongoing. Costs incurred because of conflicts are very high: human suffering, economic losses and moral degradation.
The efforts made by humankind to live in peace give us insight to accomplish real results, eliminate war, transform conflicts and manage them positively. This master course in conflictology draws from this insight, systematises knowledge and presents it in an advanced and efficient educational manner.
Conflict resolution, transformation, mediation and management, studies and culture of peace are synonyms and they describe the scientific and multi-disciplinary approach of conflictology.
The Masters is aimed at professionals (civilian, military and police) that work in environments with a propensity for conflict, in the framework of international and regional organizations (United Nations, African Union, European Union, among others) and governmental and nongovernmental organizations, the purposes being:
- To know the theory, its different approaches and the nature of contemporary conflicts.
- To acquire skills of analysis and the ability to plan actions for peaceful interventions, both for the prevention of conflicts and for intervening during their development.
- To learn techniques and strategies for intelligent non-violent intervention in conflict situations.
- To access information and knowledge to be able to develop efficient intervention programmes and manage the quest for positive specific solutions.
- To be able to lead and facilitate negotiation and mediation processes.
- To transform the way to communicate both to prevent and to end conflicts.
The Masters in Conflictology is being run in collaboration with UNITAR and contributes to the SDG of Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by training interested parties in all applications of conflictology (family, trade, social, political, international and armed). This training directly contributes to the growth of the network of people dedicated to promoting peace on an international level.
The partnership with UNITAR began in 2012 and the first editions of the Masters started in 2013. To date, there have been nine editions of the Masters in Conflictology with a total of 177 students and an average of 20-25 students per edition.