Online Summer School on Conflict Transformation

The Network University is offering an Online Summer School on Conflict Transformation. This summer three award-winning, interactive courses on conflict transformation will be run online as part of an unique web-based program. The courses cover Youth Transforming Conflict (July 5-30), Transforming Civil Conflicts (August 9 - Sept. 3), and Gender and Conflict Transformation (Sept. 20 ?– October 15). For further info, go to or contact Ditta Dolejsiova () - or click below to read more.

Recent history has witnessed a rapid increase in the number of violent, civil conflicts. Professional organisations have learned that competence in conflict transformation is essential to effectively interact with the breakdown in social cohesion, community disintegration, marginalisation, and increasing social injustice that characterise situations of conflict. The Network University?’s Summer School offers three, very different but complementary, learning experiences designed to assist individuals and organisations whose work involves positively interacting with conflict. After completing these courses, you will be able to place your own experiences in a larger framework and will be equipped with conflict transformation strategies that can improve your organisation?’s performance.

The courses are taught and supervised entirely on the Internet in English. The courses focus on creating a shared learning experience. By participating you become part of a learning community of professionals, academics, researchers, students and recognised experts. This is achieved by using a variety of interactive methods that stimulate you to think critically on the why, when and how to apply conflict transformation. These methods are complemented by weekly assignments and intensive online discussions.

?“I am excited by the challenge of bringing together an international audience online and I look forward to the three programmes in which we come up with fresh ideas for creating a sustainable world,?” said Prof. Dr. Gerd Junne, one of the creators of the online programmes.

The three courses will cover:

Youth Transforming Conflict (July 5-30, 2004)
Winner of the World Aware Education Award 2002:
How can young people contribute to transforming conflicts? What kind of role can they play? This course will empower you with conflict analysis skills relevant to social and youth work and will help you to design conflict transformation strategies leading to positive community development.

Transforming Civil Conflicts (August 9 ?– September 3, 2004) Winner of the International Relations and Security Network Empire Grant: What are the reasons for civil conflicts to occur? What kind of processes accompany violent outburst? How can these dynamics be transformed? This course will trigger your thinking on important concepts such as conflict resolution, multi-track diplomacy, how to develop a win-win strategy and how to choose the most appropriate intervention strategy.

Gender and Conflict Transformation (September 20 ?– October 15, 2004) In many conflict situations security is considered a man?’s affair and is defined in military terms, however women have different skills, perspectives and leadership styles. How can we develop a more gender sensitive approach to conflict transformation? This course will familiarise you with strategies to overcome gender specific barriers to conflict transformation and address gender relations at the local and international levels.

Participants can choose to register for one or all three courses. Successful candidates will be rewarded with a certificate from The Network University. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Places are limited so register early via the website!

For further information visit our website: or contact Ditta Dolejsiova ()

Tel. + 31 (0)20 504 00 05.

We look forward to meeting you online.
The Network University Summer School Team.

Added April 29, 2004