MA in Peace and Conflcit Studies

Curriculm for MA in Peace and Conflict Studies is designned and Completed. The Program  will be inaugurated after approved by the University.

 

Bahir Dar University

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

 

 

Curriculum for MA Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                         April, 2014

Bahir Dar

 

  1. BACKGROUND

Bahir Dar University was founded in May, 2000 when the then Bahir Dar Polytechnic Institute and Bahir Dar Teachers College were united. While the Polytechnic Institute was established in June 1963, the Bahir Dar Teachers College, formerly known as the Academy of Pedagogy, came into existence in 1972. Following the inauguration of Bahir Dar University, there has been a tremendous expansion in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Before the emergence of the Faculty of Social Science, the departments of History and Geography were placed under the Faculty of Education. Both were running diploma training programs. Following the inauguration of the Bahir Dar University in May, 2000, all diploma regular programs were upgraded to a degree level. Since then, both departments have been training degree students majoring in history and geography.

Then when the University restructured its academic units, the Faculty of Social Science emerged as an independent unit. Since then, the Faculty has been expanding its graduate programs. At the moment, the Faculty is running graduate programs in Gender Studies, History, Geography, GIS and Remote Sensing, Population Studies, Environmental Management, and Social Work. Now the Faculty is ready to launch a new MA program in Peace and Conflict studies.

Universities in Europe and America are providing training at MA and PhD level on the area of peace, security, conflict resolution and transformation under different titles. Universities have different preference regarding the field. Some universities prefer to use the title Peace and Conflict Transformation. Others use the title of Peace and Conflict Resolution, Peace and Security Studies and Peace and Conflict studies. The faculty of Social Sciences of Bahir Dar University prefers to use the title ‘Peace and Conflict Studies’ to inaugurate the program.

  1. 1.RATIONALE OF THE PROGRAM

In recent years, there has been a growing demand for the opening of new graduate program in Peace and Conflict studies. Since Ethiopia is found in the Conflict Prone zone- the Horn of Africa which has been defined as the most turbulent and unstable regions in the world. In recent years, the region has been witnessing the emergence of religious extremism and terrorism which exacerbated the fragile political situation. As a result, the Faculty of Social Science feels that it is time to launch a graduate program focusing on Peace and Conflict Studies to bridge the knowledge gap in this field of study. In this case Addis Ababa is pioneer in establishing Institute for Peace and Security Studies. However, the graduate program in Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University has been overwhelmed with applicants. Thus it could not fully satisfy the growing need to join the graduate program.

The very reason of launching a new program in Peace and Conflict Studies is to produce human resources equipped with knowledge, attitude and skill who can contribute in the process of handling conflict peacefully and promote development. It is beyond doubt that Africa can be relived from conflict-poverty-conflict vicious cycle only by producing human power who are qualified enough in managing and transforming Conflict.    

3. PROFESSIONAL AND GRADUATE PROFILES

3.1. Professional Profile

The graduates of Peace and Conflict Studies at Masters Level will have the following professional profiles:

  • Undertake research that contributes to the understanding and resolution of diverse socio-economic, cultural and political sources of conflict at the national, regional and international levels.
  • Trainers, educators and promoters of culture of peace and maintain indigenous conflict resolution mechanism
  • Apply peaceful conflict resolution mechanisms
  • Design strategies relevant to transform conflicts that occur in the country and in the region.

4.2. Graduate Profile

The MA program in Peace and Conflict Studies encourages independent research undertakings by graduate students. The program is designed to produce competent and committed researchers who can produce original research findings on peace, violence and security issues. The graduates of the program are expected to work as instructors at universities and colleges, researchers at different institutes, conflict and security experts and consultants for various governmental and non-governmental organizations. In addition graduates of the Peace and Conflict Studies of program of Bahir Dar University will;

  • Understand and explain basic concepts of conflict, peace , violence and security
  • Analyze the various sources of conflict.
  • Grasp knowledge and skill on conflict resolution and transformation.
  • Recognize that achieving positive/ sustainable peace is a tiresome task
  • Understand and apply various theories of peace and Conflict
  • Develop skill on applying techniques of conflict resolution and peace building
  • Understand and respect peoples’ culture and values during conflict resolution process

4. Objectives

The general objective of the graduate program is to produce highly qualified researchers and specialists in contemporary issues like peace and conflict. The program has also the following specific objectives:

  • To equip trainees with the required skills in investigating conflicts and studying issues;
  • To enable graduate students to identify research problems in relation to conflicts;
  • To encourage research on such conflict-ridden areas like the Horn of Africa and the Nile Basin; and
  • To produce capable graduates who can make their own contribution in handling local        and regional conflicts. and
  • To increase research output by graduate students
  • To examine the role of different actors and factors of conflict at national, regional and international level that influence harmonious relationship.

5. Program Requirements

5.1  Admission Requirement

Applicants to the MA program in Peace and Conflict studies are required to have B.A or BEd degree in History, Geography, Political Science and Governance and development studies and related fields. Applicants are expected to produce a letter of sponsorship if their study is supported by the government or private agencies and expected to meet the requirements set by the Graduate Program Office of Bahir Dar University.

5.2  Graduation Requirements

  1. 1.Students will be eligible for graduation upon successful completion of all of the modules/courses and thesis work
  2. 2.The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for graduation is 3.0 with no "F" grade.

 

5.3  Duration of the Study

The duration of study is two years. Under special circumstances, however, it may be extended up to a maximum of three years.

5.4  Degree Nomenclature

The degree to be conferred upon candidates who successfully completed their studies in the respective area of concentration shall be entitled: Master of Arts Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies in English and የአርት ማስተርስ   ዲግሪ በሰላም እና ግጭት ጥናት in Amharic.

5.5  Medium of instruction

The medium of instruction for the program is English.

  1. 6. Teaching Learning methods
  • Lecture
  • Debate
  • Reflection
  • Presentation
  • Article/book review
  • Seminar
  • Field work

7. Assessment and Evaluation

7.1 Assessment

A comprehensive assessment mechanism will be employed to see how much students have mastered what they have learned. Evaluation must also consider students’ active participation in the teaching/ learning process. In general, students’ performance will be appraised through various techniques of continuous assessment such as term paper, presentations, project work, article review, fieldwork report, and tests and exams (both written and oral). Continuous assessment will be the general guiding policy of the program. The evaluation will comprise report writing, article review, exam, assignment and presentation.

7.2 Grading system

The grading system of the program will be as per University’s legislation.

8. Mode of delivery

Courses will be delivered mainly in a block teaching modality

9. Resource Profile

9.1 Staff Profile

No.

Name

Field of Specialization

Academic Rank

Remark

1.

Fantahun Ayele

History

Associate Prof. (PhD)

 

2

Abdi Zenebe

International Relations

Lecturer

Staff on the study Leave (PhD)

3

Abebe Asefa

Federal Studies

Lecturer

 

4

Alefe Abeje

Federal Studies

Lecturer

Staff on the study(PhD)

5

Ashenafi Tsegaye

International Relations

Lecturer

 

6

Belachew Getinet

RLDS

Lecturer

Staff on the study(PhD)

7

Chalachew Tarekegn

Political Science

Lecturer

 

7.

Dessalew Mesfin

Federal Studies

Lecturer

 

8.

Embiale Beyene

International Relations

Lecturer

 

9.

Eskindir Teferi

Peace and Conflict studies

Lecturer

 

10.

Frew Yirgalem

RLDS

Lecturer

 

11.

G/Tsadik Awugichew

Philosophy

Lecturer

 

12.

Kalewongel Minale

Peace and Conflict studies

Lecturer

Staff on the study(PhD)

13.

Kebede Yimam

International Relations

Lecturer

Staff on the study(PhD)

14.

Matusala Sundado

Philosophy

Lecturer

 

15.

Mekdelawit Taye

Human Rights

Lecturer

 

16.

Moges Demissie

International Relations

Lecturer

Staff on the study(PhD)

17.

Mohamed Yimam

Peace and Conflict studies

Lecturer

 

18.

Mussa Hussen

International Relations

Lecturer

Staff on the study(PhD)

19.

Petros Kibebew

Human Rights

Lecturer

 

20.

Tadesse   Aklog                                          

International Relations

Lecturer

Staff on the study(PhD)

21.

Taye Demissie

Federal Studies

Lecturer

Staff on the study(PhD)

22.

Yonas Getinet

International Relations

Lecturer

 

 

 

10. Quality Assurance

In general, quality assurance measures will be made as per the university quality assurance policy.

List of courses

Course Title

Course Code

Credit Hours

Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies

PeCS 5011

4

Theories of Conflict, Conflict Analysis and Transformation

PeCS 5012

3

Culture, Identity and Conflict

PeCS 5013

3

Gender and Peace Building

PeCS 5014

2

Regional and Global Security Issues 

PeCS 5021

3

Conflicts in the Horn   of Africa

PeCS 5022

3

Environment, Peace and Development

PeCS 5023

3

Hydro Politics in Africa   and the middle East

PeCS 5024

3

The Dynamics of Conflict in Ethiopia

PeCS 5025

3

Advanced Research Methodology

PeCS 5031

3

M.A Thesis

PESS 6032

6

 

Total

36

 

11. List and Distribution of Modules

Module No

Course Title

Course Code

Cr Hr

EtCTS

CP

 

 

LH

La

Tut.

HS

 

01

Foundation of Peace and Conflict Studies

 

Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies

PeCS 5011

4

4

 

 

8

6

Culture, identity and Conflict    

PeCS 5013

3

3

 

 

7

5

Theories of Conflict, Analysis and Transformation

PeCS 5012

3

3

 

 

7

5

 

Gender and Peace Building

PeCS 5014

2

2

 

 

6

4

Total

12

 

 

 

 

 

02

Regional peace and Conflict issues Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional and Global Security Politics 

PeCS 5021

3

3

-

-

7

5

Conflicts in the Horn of Africa

PeCS 5022

3

3

-

-

7

5

Environment, Peace and Development

PeCS 5023

3

3

-

-

7

5

Hydro Politics in Africa   and the Middle East

PeCS 5024

3

3

-

-

7

5

The Dynamics of Conflict in Ethiopia

PeCS 5025

3

3

-

-

7

5

Total

15

 

 

 

 

 

03

Research and thesis Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advance Research Methodology in Social Science

PeCS 5031

3

3

-

-

7

5

MA thesis

PESS 6032

6

 

 

 

20

10

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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