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Dr. Fischer again!

Some time ago I posted a brief phone interview with Dr. Dietrich Fischer.    Well this gentleman is still going (very) strong in his unrelenting efforts to promote peace studies.

IGbarb says:  “Check it out!”


“Peace Studies in Switzerland


(Please share this with anyone who may be interested. Thank you.)

The World Peace Academy (WPA), in cooperation with the Advanced Study
Center at the University of Basel, offers a 9-month full time Master
of Advanced Studies in Peace and Conflict Transformation from 28
February – 25 November 2011 and every year thereafter March-November.
The first group of 22 students from 16 countries successfully
completed their course work on 26 November 2010. The program is
accredited by the University of Basel, which also issues the MAS
diplomas. All courses are taught in English by leading specialists
in their field from around the world, including Johan Galtung,
founder of the academic discipline of peace studies.

The WPA program is designed to provide students with the intellectual
competence to analyze conflicts and their underlying causes and
practical skills in reconciliation, conflict transformation and
peacebuilding. The curriculum aims to cover all aspects of peace, not
only military, but also political, economic and cultural aspects. It
combines theory with practical experience. Its faculty includes some
of the best teachers from around the world from a wide variety of
disciplines. Students come from around the world, including many
conflict regions.

CURRICULUM: The program consists of 10 modules: Introduction to the
Scientific Methodology of Peace Studies; Regional Conflicts and Peace
Initiatives; Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding; International
Relations and International Law; From National to Human Security;
Peace Education and Ethics; Human Rights, Gender and Democratization;
Sustainable Development and Its Contributions to Peace; Peace Culture
and the Media; and Development of Key Competencies for Peace Workers.
This last module, which meets for 2 days every month throughout the
program, is a special feature not yet offered elsewhere. It
emphasizes the development of such personal competencies as
responsibility, empathy, creativity, commitment, and inner peace.

The program includes lectures, seminars, exercises, group activities,
excursions, self-study, library research and writing papers. For a
course calendar, course descriptions and biographical notes about our
faculty members, see www.world-peace-academy.ch.

LOCATION: The University of Basel, founded in 1460, has about 11’000
students and over 300 faculty members. The university library has
over 3 million books and is one of the largest in Switzerland. Basel
is a city of just under 200’000 inhabitants, with a vibrant culture,
located where Switzerland, Germany and France meet.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: The program is addressed to students from any
discipline interested in peace and conflict resolution, including NGO
members, diplomats, government officials, international civil
servants, teachers, journalists, social workers, lawyers, officers,
psychologists, artists. A first university degree (bachelors or
equivalent) is required, or comparable professional experience.

DEGREES: Students who complete the full program of 9 months of
courses and write a thesis obtain a Master of Advanced Studies in
Peace and Conflict Transformation from the University of Basel, worth
70 credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
One ECTS corresponds to 30 hours of study (in class and self-study).
An MAS differs from a Master of Arts (MA) program, which typically
lasts two years, requires 120 ECTS and is normally accepted as a
basis for continuing with a Ph.D. program. It is also possible to
study part time over 2-3 years. Those who complete 12 weeks of
courses obtain an Advanced Certificate in Peace and Conflict
Transformation from the World Peace Academy. It is also possible to
take individual courses, lasting one week each.

COSTS: 15’000 Swiss Francs (currently about 11’000 Euro or 15’000 US
dollars) tuition for 9 months of study, including thesis advisement.
For part-time students, costs are 250 Swiss Francs per ECTS. Rooms
cost about 500 Swiss Francs per month. Meals, health insurance and
travel costs are extra.

WHEN TO APPLY: WPA has a rolling admission policy. You can apply at
any time before the begin of the program, and if you qualify and we
have space left, you will be admitted. Those who need a Swiss visa
are advised to apply at least 9 weeks in advance.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, see www.world-peace-academy.ch,
or write to a href=”mailto:info@world-peace-academy.ch”>info@world-peace-academy.ch>, or call Dietrich Fischer,
Academic Director (Tel +41-61-556-2369 or +41-76-339-9425 mobile).
We will be happy to answer your questions and help you.

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Fischer
Academic Director, World Peace Academy
Gterstrasse 81, CH-4053 Basel, Switzerland


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