Course date

26 July - 6 August, 1999
Application deadline
15 February, 1999
Course Director(s): 

Johan Galtung

Transcend International
Course Faculty: 

Dietrich Fischer

TRANSCEND University Press, Basel, Switzerland

Magnus Haavelsrud

University of Tromso, Norway

George Kent

Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, United States of America

Radmila Nakarada

Belgrade Institute of Economics, Serbia and Montenegro

Rune Ottosen

Norwegian School of Journalism, Oslo

Zarko Puhovski

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Olga Skarik

University of Skopje, Macedonia

Olga Vorkunova

IMEMO, Moscow, Russian Federation
This is an advanced course on conflict transformation by peaceful means for academics teaching or planning to teach conflict resolution and/or peace studies courses at their respective institutions.  Since peaceful conflict transformation draws on insights from many fields, including history, philosophy, sociology, psychology, political science, economics and law, the course is open to faculty members and advanced graduate students from a variety of disciplines.  Conflict resolution practitioners from the NGO or governmental community with a strong academic background are also encouraged to participate. 
 
COURSE OVERVIEW: 
This course will provide participants with an introduction to the TRANSCEND method of conflict transformation by peaceful means, based on 40 years of research and practice.  Conflicts can never really be completely “resolved” or made to disappear, but they can be transformed from being fought with violent means to being conducted by peaceful means.  In that sense, conflicts can have a constructive function of helping bring about desirable change. 
 
Regionally relevant case studies by lecturers and groups of participants will be used to illustrate and apply theoretical constructs.  Eastern scholars will be actively included in the course to share their experiences in conflict transformation. Scholars from East and West will be able to share insights, for mutual benefit.  This can assist them in developing or revising related courses and increase their repertoire of knowledge for practising conflict transformation. 
 
The course format will be highly interactive, with a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, facilitated discussions, and guest lectures.  Each course participant will be asked to complete background reading prior to the course and arrive with several relevant case studies appropriate for course discussions. 
 
TRANSCEND is a peace and development network of invited scholars-practitioners doing action/training/research/dissemination within 12 programs, based on 40 years experience. Reports on programs and some manuals can be downloaded from www.transcend.org