An Overview of Peace Management and Conflict Resolution
In March 2015, the AVU launched its MOOC portal and delivered a MOOC entitled “Using ICTs to Enrich Teaching and Learning”. The African Virtual University will soon launch its second MOOC: “An Overview of Peace Management and Conflict Resolution” (PMCR).
The Peace Management and Conflict Resolution course takes an interdisciplinary approach with the aim of introducing learners from a variety of backgrounds to the analysis of conflict, violence, and peace. The specific purpose of the course is to help learners identify and use tools that can guide them in working towards sustainable peace by strengthening and solidifying the existing peace in their communities.
The course consists of four modules:
Module one will introduce learners to some of the key concepts associated with the work of peace building and conflict resolution. Module two explores some of the practical approaches that are used in understanding a conflict. More specifically, this module discusses the meaning of conflict analysis and explores key components including profile, causes, actors, and dynamics of a conflict.
Module three will introduce learners to the concepts of conflict resolution, transformation, and management. The module also identifies strategies used in conflict resolution and transformation. Module four explores the meaning of peace building and management and discusses the concept of conflict sensitivity.
Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to:
Explain and discuss the concept of conflict and different types of conflicts.
Trace and explain some of the causes of conflict such as power, identity, culture, and resources among others.
Define and explain the concepts of conflict resolution, conflict transformation, and conflict management.
Identify and describe various types of tools commonly used in conflict analysis.
Identify and discuss three dimensions of peace building and management.
Explain the importance of using gender and youth lenses in peace building and conflict resolution.