PIASS • Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

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Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

"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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