Peace and Conflict Studies

This Master’s programme focuses on the acquisition of theoretical and methodological skills from various disciplines, namely social and human sciences as well as international law; the transfer of knowledge about different concepts, institutions and instruments of peace keep- ing and building, conflict transformation and human rights policies.

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DURATION:
24 months

Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg

Location The Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg was founded in 1993 and is one of the youngest universities in Germany. With 9 faculties and almost 13,800 students, it is a vibrant centre of teaching and research. Magdeburg, the state capital of Saxony-Anhalt, has developed into a city of business, science and culture. Favourable study facilities and conditions, such as a well-equipped library, a low cost of living, rich historical and cultural heritage and the surrounding green scenery of Magdeburg attract students from around the world.
Course focus This Master’s programme focuses on the acquisition of theoretical and methodological skills from various disciplines, namely social and human sciences as well as international law; the transfer of knowledge about different concepts, institutions and instruments of peace keep- ing and building, conflict transformation and human rights policies; and the development of analytical, practical and intercultural competences in constructive conflict management. The programme is designed to enable students to closely analyse complex conflicts from different perspectives; assess political strategies and projects in the fields of security, peace building and human rights; and elaborate alternative methods of conflict resolution. The programme comprises four compulsory modules and four elective modules. An outstanding component of this Master’s programme is combining human rights research with peace and conflict studies.

Module 1 – Theoretical Approaches and Methods: key concepts, approaches, debates and research problems of peace and conflict studies.

Module 2 – Concepts of Peace Building and Human Rights Policies: international democratisation, protection of human rights; development politics; promotion of civil society.

Module 3 – Conflict Analysis: analysis of international wars, ethnic and religious conflicts, colonial and postcolonial struggles, civil wars and military interventions.

Module 4 – Applied Conflict Management: practical skills of mediation, negotiation and counselling and theoretical underpinning of inter- national conflict management practices.

Module 5 – World Society and Transformation: processes of economic globalisation; renaissance of national, ethnic and religious movements; experts’ networks; minority, migration, diasporas.

Module 6 – Global Governance: international regimes and organisations, international administrations and protectorates, development cooperation, non-governmental organisations.

Module 7 – Communication and Violence: critique of logics of violence; militarisation of language; images of the “other”; violence in movies, music and literature

Module 8 – Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights Education: ethics in international affairs; human rights between particularism and universalism; human rights education and cultural diversity; human rights and the internet.

Target group Young academics and professionals intending to start a career in inter- national and non-governmental organisations, administrative departments, educational institutions and civil services. Furthermore this programme is designed to train promising young peace and conflict academics.
Course language German and English
Entry requirements
  • Good university degree, at least on a B.A. level
  • Good command of German (DSH 2 or TestDaF 4) and very good command of English. One of the following English certificates is required: Common European Framework of Reference for Language C1 level; TOEFL 79 (internet based), 213 (computer based), 550 (paper based); TOEIC score 655; Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade “C”; Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), grade “B”, IELTS Band 6.0, APIEL, grade “3”; UNIcert®, III)
  • Students who apply for a DAAD scholarship must have at least two years of relevant professional experience
  • Age limit: 36
Degree Awarded Master of Arts in Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies)
Course Begins October 2014
Course Duration 24 months
Course Structure Peace and Conflict_ Modulhandbuch
Peace and Conflict_ Studienordnung
Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme 2 to 6 months, depending on prior language skills of applicant
Remarks Information about applying to the Peace and Conflict Studies Programme at Magdeburg University is available at: http://www.fkf.ovgu.de/en/studies/inhalt/application/application_ procedure.html
Faculty for Human Sciences
Institute for Political Science
Prof. Dr. Anna Geis (Programme director)
Zschokkestr. 32
D-39104 Magdeburg
Phone: +49 (0)391 / 67-56657
Fax: +49 (0)391 / 67-16575