PIASS • Department of Peace and Conflict Stu

Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences

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Department of Peace and Conflict Stu

"Peace, development and environmental protection are interdependent and indivisible".

      The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992)

BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE

 Over the last three decades, there has been a growing international recognition of the nexus between conflict, peace and development. Violent conflict hinders economic and human development, perpetuating chronic poverty among the large population of poor countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, whereas deplorable conditions in such poverty-stricken countries make them more unstable, and thus susceptible to violent conflict. The challenges of preventing violent conflict, ensuring sustainable development, and building a durable peace are inextricably interwoven.

Recognizing the critical importance of these interlinked challenges in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region (GLR), the community of Protestant Churches in Rwanda has established the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies as one of the departments hosted in the Faculty of Development Studies (FDS) at Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS).

The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies aims to:

  • Foster visionary, well-skilled professionals with a keen sense of commitment to peace, development, and social justice

  • Promote innovative, integrated research and field practices with a special emphasis on the nexus between conflict, development and peacebuilding

  • Actively share its expertise and research outputs with policy makers, academia, development practitioners, churches, and society at large in the Great Lakes Region

BACHELOR PROGRAM IN PEACEBUILDING AND DEVELOMENT

The Bachelor's Degree Course in Peacebuilding and Development is the first academic program offered by the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at PIASS.  It is also the first of its kind in Rwanda.

Goals

The program’ main goals are to:

- Train professionals with the knowledge, skills and values essential to the work of peacebuilding

- Equip them with a peace and conflict-sensitive approach to development practice

-  Provide students with promising pathways to advanced studies or carriers in the fields of development studies, peace and conflict studies, and international politics

-  Provide local and international NGOs, churches, and church-related organizations with professionals and managerial staff for their institutional development and educational programs/projects that have  a particular emphasis on peacebuilding

-  Provide local and central government agencies with well-trained professionals for the administration of programs in socio-economic development, good governance, unity and reconciliation, and human rights

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of the program will enable students to:

- Demonstrate an understanding of the theories and concepts of peace, conflict, and development and their application to global, regional, and local contexts

- Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnections between the issues of development and those of peace and security in global, regional, and local contexts

-  Evaluate and contribute to the international, regional and national policy debates in the fields of peace, conflict, and development

- Design, implement and assess development policies, programs and/or projects that are geared towards peace building in Rwanda, the GLR, and the East African Community

- Initiate and manage peacebuilding programs/projects for local, regional, and international NGOs as well as church related organizations

- Prevent, manage, and resolve conflicts as mediators, community educators or workers of peacebuilding projects at inter-personal, organizational, communal, and regional levels

Organization and Structure

The bachelor's degree course may be pursued through Evening or Weekend Programs. The course is taught at five levels over the period of four years. The academic calendar of PIASS begins in September and ends in August. At Level I and Level II, students take foundational modules in development, international politics, and peace and conflict studies. At these levels, students study several common modules with their classmates from the programs of Rural and Community Development and Urban and Environment Management. Then during the remaining three levels, students focus more on the modules specialized in peacebuilding and development. As students progress to higher levels, there is a greater emphasis on practice through modules on practical skills, tools and strategies, Professional Practica at Level IV, and then Internship at Level V. Every student in the program is required to conduct a research project at Level V and submit a research paper as a partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor's Degree.

PROGRAM MODULES STRUCTURE FOR PEACEBUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT

Level: I

 

MODULE CODES

MODULE

CREDITS

APM 101

Applied Maths I

1011 General Mathematics

1012 Statistics

1013 Financial Mathematics

 

20

ISS 102

Introduction to Social Sciences

1021 Introduction to Sociology

1022 Introduction to Politics

1023 Introduction to Economics

15

ICT 103

Information & Communication Technologies

10

SSK 104

Study Skills

1041 Study Skills and Strategies

1042 Introduction to Scientific Research

1043 Academic Writing Techniques

15

ENG I 105

General English I

Non-credit

DET 106

Development Theories I

1061 Introduction to Development Theories

1062 Gender and Development

1063 Religion and Development

20

WAH 107

World and African History

1071 Contemporary World History

1072 Africa in World History

10

IWP 108

Introduction to World Politics

1081 Introduction to International Relations

1082 Introduction to Global Political Economy

15

IPS 109

Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies

1091 Theoretical Foundations of Peace and Conflict Studies

1092 Approaches to Conflict & Peace

15

Total Credits

 

120

 

 

 

 

Level: II

MODULE CODES

MODULE

CREDITS

API 201

African Politics and International Relations

2011 Political and Economic Systems in Africa

2012 African International Relations and the Global Political Economy

 

20

PEC 202

Principles of Economics

2021 Micro-economics

2022 Macro-economics

2023 Rwandan economy

 

20

CAR 203

Conflict Analysis and Resolution

2031 Foundations of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

2032 Frameworks and Tools of Conflict Analysis

2033 Preventing, Managing, and Transforming Violent Conflicts

 

20

ENG II 204

General English II

Non- credit

SPB I  205

Skills for Peacebuilding I

2051 Nonviolent Communication

2052 Negotiation & Mediation Skills

2053 Community Organizing

 

20

GDF 206

Group Dynamics and Facilitation

2061 Groups and Group Dynamics  

2062 Practice of Group Facilitation

20

DET 207

Development Theories II

2071 Development and Social Change

2072 Population &Development

 

20

Total Credits

 

120

Level:  III

 

MODULE CODES

MODULE

CREDITS

RCD 301

Rural and Community Development Management

3011 Rural and Community Development Approaches

3012 Project Planning & Management

 

15

REC 302

Religion,  Conflict, and Peace  

3021 Religion in Conflict Resolution

3022 Christian Approaches to Peacebuilding

 

15

GHS 303

Globalization and Human Security

3031 Globalization and Local Development

3032 National and Global Security

3033 Global Governance and International Organisations

 

20

EAP 304

English for Academic Purposes

10

Total Credits

 

60







 

Level: IV

 

MODULE CODES

MODULE

CREDITS

NOV 401

Nonviolent Social Change

4011 A History of Peace Movements

4012 Nonviolence in Theory and Practice

4013 Peace Education

 

20

HRI 402

Human Rights

4021 Human Rights in Theory and Practice

4022 Human Rights, Conflict, and Development

 

15

PRP 403

Professional Practice (PRACTICUM)

10

RMS 404

Research Methods

4041 Theoretical Frameworks of Social Science Research

4042 Research Design and Data Collection

4043 Data Analysis Methods

 

15

Total Credits

 

60








 

Level: V

MODULE CODES

MODULE

CREDITS

PEB 501

Peacebuilding and Development

5011 Post-War Reconstruction and State-Building

5012 Civil Society, Democracy, and Development

5013 Peace and Conflict-Sensitive Development

15

HRE 502

Healing and Reconciliation

5021  Psychosocial Healing

5022  The Praxis of Reconciliation

15

PSA 503

Peace and Security in Africa

5031 Sources and Dynamics of Conflicts in Africa

5032 Sources and Dynamics of Conflicts in the Great Lakes Region

5033 Peacebuilding in the GLR

 

15

PEV 504
Program Evaluation
5041 Monitoring & Evaluation Concepts and Processes

5042 Evaluation Methods for Development

15
SPB II 505
Skills for Peacebuilding II
5051 Advanced Negotiation &Mediation

5052 Inter-Group Dialogue  

5053 Designing Peacebuilding Programs

 
20

INT 506

Internship

20

RER 507

Research Report

20

Total Credits

 

120

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