Speaking to Education Times, Shweta Sinha Deshpande, Deputy Director, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (SSLA), Pune, said, “The study of Peace and Conflict in SSLA (PACS) is an interdisciplinary program that Very similar to the content. Conflict management. ”
The course combines topics such as International Relations, International and Humanities courses, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, Migration, Psychology, Legal Studies such as Global Justice, Gender and Law.
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Theory, research and field experience are part of the course to help students build a theoretical foundation, build analytical skills and work with the realities of conflict management, Deshpande added.
This course focuses on socially and culturally relevant and acceptable principles of peace building, which motivates students to understand and create locally relevant solutions. Focus on issues such as shifting homelands, ideology, migration and conflict, global justice and the sociology of inequality, which are gaining global relevance, ”he added.
In order to be involved in conflict management, one must first understand that conflict and peace are part of the same spectrum and therefore it is important to explore the background and causes of conflict.
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The courses introduce students to the causes of violence and the search for solutions to peace. “It helps students understand the subtleties of a wide range of conflicts in the inter-personal, family, organizational and global space. It is also a leadership and skills building program. These specialized graduates can be recruited by corporate, government, international humanitarian organizations such as UN, World Bank, Red Cross. They can also act as political negotiators in establishing peace in different parts of the world and can be associated with civil society organizations. ”
Kaushiki, honorary director of the Nelson Mandela Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, said, “Conflict management is a method within the broader discipline of peace and conflict studies. We agree on a variety of approaches, such as conflict prevention, conflict resolution, conflict transformation, peacekeeping, peacekeeping, and peace-building. There are theory-based courses such as ‘State Citizenship and Governance’ courses borrowed from political science and skill-based courses such as Skills for Conflict Transformation.
Any student who tries to understand the study of peace and conflict from the perspective of the state must understand how the state and government view and perceive different classes of citizens, what their ideas and perceptions about citizenship are. “It gives an idea of how the regime can lead to conflict or be a catalyst for conflict resolution,” Kaushiki said.
“There is also a course on conflict analysis borrowed from the discipline of international relations. There are area study based courses in South Asia and West Asia. International humanitarian law, arms control and disarmament, research methods are some of the other courses where students can understand how these diverse fields are related to conflict and peace-building issues.
We try to understand and examine conflicts at different levels and how to resolve them. Most of our students have got jobs in development sector, education sector and NGOs. Students work on a number of case studies while doing the course. ”
Sanjeev Rai, educationist and author of the book, Conflict, Education and the War of the People of Nepal, says, “Conflict management consists of different elements from different disciplines depending on the severity of the conflict which may be personal, social or cross-border in nature. Initially, disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, political science, and humanitarian law contribute to the flow of conflict management. ”
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