MA

Reconciliation and Peacebuilding

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This course supports you in developing an in-depth understanding of diverse perspectives on peacebuilding and reconciliation. Drawing on the work of the Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace and Embrace Dialogue, the course critically considers the complexities of interpersonal- and intercommunal conflict, peacebuilding and reconciliation, the influence of culture and religion and the connections between theory and practice.

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Course overview

Our course addresses why individuals and groups around the world engage in violence and the effects it has on them and their communities. It also examines, which processes are needed to transform relationships, structures and institutions during and after violent conflict. In addition, it also teaches you how to use conflict transformation methods such as facilitation, dialogue and mediation. Furthermore, the course also enables you to conduct independent research and it pays special attention to the roles of culture, religion and religious actors.

The course consists of some core modules (Foundation of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding; Theories and Dynamics of Reconciliation, and Religion and Peacebuilding) and some optional modules (The Relationship between Theory and Practice; Dialogue and Disagreement, and Practical Bridge Building). You also complete an independent study, for which you have the option of writing a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words; undertaking a consultancy placement with an organisation working in the field; or developing and reflecting on a practical project.

The course is designed to encourage you to personalise your learning journey in accordance with your interests and we encourage our students to reflect on their own personal and professional development throughout the course Our learning and teaching approach is student-centred, inclusive, informed by research and based on a high degree of interactivity. We offer an international curriculum that is unceasingly updated to reflect the ever-changing field of study. In our virtual learning environment students engage in interactive lectures and seminars, group work, research exercises and one-to-one tutorials.

The course is taught by a team of highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff who work for the Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace a high-impact centre dedicated to fostering peace and reconciliation across the world. You are required to attend online sessions but all other activities can be carried out when it is convenient for you so studying with us can easily fit around other personal- and professional commitments. We provide a very inclusive and supportive learning environment with one-to-one modular tutorials, extensive feedback on assignments and tailored supervision. We also place a lot of emphasis on developing a vibrant learning community where students get to know each other through relationship building exercises and pair- and group work.

Our greatest asset is our diverse and international student body that offers many opportunities of intercultural exchanges of experiences and perspectives from around the world.

What you need to know

Course start date

September

Location

Optional 5 days workshop on campus in Winchester.

Course length

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

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Typical offer

A first or second-class honours degree

Fees

From £9,250 pa

Course features

  • Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of and an outstanding ability to analyse why interpersonal- and intercommunal conflict occur world-wide.
  • Develop a thorough and critical insight into a wide range of contemporary peacebuilding- and reconciliation theories, practices and processes (with a special focus on religious peacebuilding) and how they are being applied in diverse international contexts.
  • Acquire an awareness of your own and others’ potential roles in interpersonal- and intercommunal peacebuilding and reconciliation with a special focus on religious actors.
  • Join our international vibrant and supportive learning community, led by tutors working in the fields of peacebuilding and reconciliation.
  • Develop a diverse range of transferable competencies and skills that you can use in a wide range of jobs.

Course details

Work placements

One of the independent study options is to plan and carry out a consultancy for a relevant organisation.

Field trips

Students have the opportunity to get involved with peacebuilding projects and organisations.

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: MA Reconciliation and Peacebuilding is offered as distance learning only

Teaching takes place: Online sessions in the evenings normally on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term-time.

Full-time - three evenings a week during term time (2 terms x 12 weeks). 
Part time - one or two classes per week depending on the semester/year
Optional module taught intensively for 5 days on campus in Winchester.

Location

The distance learning modules are taught in Microsoft Teams

Assessment

Types of assessment include presentations, reflective journals, practical work, essays and reports. There are no examinations. For the final assessment students have the option of completing a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words; undertaking a consultancy placement with an organisation working in the field, or organising and reflecting on a practical peacebuilding project.

We ensure all students have an equitable opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes and extra support is offered to students with recognised learning differences.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

For further information about the course please contact programme leader Majbritt Lyck-Bowen on Majbritt.Lyck-Bowen@winchester.ac.uk 

Modules

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

Modules

Foundation of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding

This module teaches the foundations of peace and conflict studies, and reconciliation, as well as introducing students to key study skills and research methods, such as critical thinking, academic writing, developing logical and rational arguments, and engaging with and enhancing existing scholarship. These are transferable and employable skills that will be useful to students not only throughout the programme, but also in their future careers. Students will learn about the key concepts such as theories on the causes of structural and violent conflict, different approaches and ideas about building just and sustainable peace, and the paradoxes and paradigms inherent on the more specialised area of reconciliation.

Theories and Dynamics of Reconciliation

This module offers a multidisciplinary introduction to the study and practice of reconciliation. Drawing on insight into reconciliation from a number of disciplines, such as psychology, religious studies, and arts, students are encouraged to examine key ideas, frameworks, and understandings of reconciliation and tackle the principal dilemmas of reconciliation practice. Students will become familiar with the work of leading practitioners and thinkers such as John Paul Lederach and Miroslav Wolf, with particular emphasis on how they draw on Christian theology. The module will explore a range of practical examples and case studies of reconciliation and relationship building processes at interpersonal, community, and international levels and consider the range of contexts and factors which impact upon and shape any given reconciliation process. Throughout students will be encouraged to draw on their own experiences of experiencing difference, division and relationship building, and reflect on how this informs their own ideas and views about reconciliation methods and techniques, and their motivation for studying this subject.

Religion and Peacebuilding

In recent years religion has received much negative attention, being associated with a range of repressive and violent ideologies, and often linked with terrorism and conflict. However at the same time there has been increasing interest by scholars, governments and peace practitioners of the substantial resources for peace most religions can offer given the right conditions and circumstances. In this module students will learn about the history of religious peacebuilding, not only as an academic area of study but also the long tradition of religious actors on the ground contributing positively to peace processes. Key concepts in religious peacebuilding will be introduced, and students will be encouraged to critically evaluate religious sources for building peace and the roles religious actors can play to make peacebuilding interventions more effective and sustainable.

Optional Modules
  • The Relationship between Theory and Practice - 20 credits
  • Dialogue & Disagreement - 20 credits
  • Dissertation - 60 credits
  • Consultancy - 60 credits
  • Practical Bridge Building - 20 credits
  • Major Project - 60 credits

Optional

Foundation of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding

This module teaches the foundations of peace and conflict studies, and reconciliation, as well as introducing students to key study skills and research methods, such as critical thinking, academic writing, developing logical and rational arguments, and engaging with and enhancing existing scholarship. These are transferable and employable skills that will be useful to students not only throughout the programme, but also in their future careers. Students will learn about the key concepts such as theories on the causes of structural and violent conflict, different approaches and ideas about building just and sustainable peace, and the paradoxes and paradigms inherent on the more specialised area of reconciliation.

Theories and Dynamics of Reconciliation

This module offers a multidisciplinary introduction to the study and practice of reconciliation. Drawing on insight into reconciliation from a number of disciplines, such as psychology, religious studies, and arts, students are encouraged to examine key ideas, frameworks, and understandings of reconciliation and tackle the principal dilemmas of reconciliation practice. Students will become familiar with the work of leading practitioners and thinkers such as John Paul Lederach and Miroslav Wolf, with particular emphasis on how they draw on Christian theology. The module will explore a range of practical examples and case studies of reconciliation and relationship building processes at interpersonal, community, and international levels and consider the range of contexts and factors which impact upon and shape any given reconciliation process. Throughout students will be encouraged to draw on their own experiences of experiencing difference, division and relationship building, and reflect on how this informs their own ideas and views about reconciliation methods and techniques, and their motivation for studying this subject.

Religion and Peacebuilding

In recent years religion has received much negative attention, being associated with a range of repressive and violent ideologies, and often linked with terrorism and conflict. However at the same time there has been increasing interest by scholars, governments and peace practitioners of the substantial resources for peace most religions can offer given the right conditions and circumstances. In this module students will learn about the history of religious peacebuilding, not only as an academic area of study but also the long tradition of religious actors on the ground contributing positively to peace processes. Key concepts in religious peacebuilding will be introduced, and students will be encouraged to critically evaluate religious sources for building peace and the roles religious actors can play to make peacebuilding interventions more effective and sustainable.

Optional Modules
  • The Relationship between Theory and Practice - 20 credits
  • Dialogue & Disagreement - 20 credits
  • Dissertation - 60 credits
  • Consultancy - 60 credits
  • Practical Bridge Building - 20 credits
  • Major Project - 60 credits

Entry requirements

A first or second-class honours degree

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. The study of reconciliation and peacebuilding requires the exploration of a wide range of themes and issues which cut across most subject areas, and draws on a range of both qualitative and quantitative methods. It is important that applicants can demonstrate some knowledge and experience of studying and engaging with contemporary issues, and global themes and challenges, and articulate a personal and professional motivation for engaging in peacebuilding and reconciliation work.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Personal Computing Requirements

Due to the Distance Learning deliverance of the course, there are minimum personal computing requirements. Please see the Distance Learning Policy.    

 

Course enquiries and applications

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Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. The study of reconciliation and peacebuilding requires the exploration of a wide range of themes and issues which cut across most subject areas, and draws on a range of both qualitative and quantitative methods. It is important that applicants can demonstrate some knowledge and experience of studying and engaging with contemporary issues, and global themes and challenges, and articulate a personal and professional motivation for engaging in peacebuilding and reconciliation work.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Personal Computing Requirements

Due to the Distance Learning deliverance of the course, there are minimum personal computing requirements. Please see the Distance Learning Policy.    

 

Course enquiries and applications

Send us a message

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk.

Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section. 

Additional costs

2024 COURSE TUITION FEES

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £9,250
Part-time entry | £4,625 p/a

Total Cost | £9,250

International Students

Full-time entry | £10,725
Part-time entry | £5,362.50 p/a

Total Cost | £10,725

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials and seminars. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Mandatory

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. 

Optional

Field Trip

There is one optional practical module, usually run in April, which requires 5 days attendance at the University. Students are required to cover the costs of travel to and from the University and accommodation for the nights they attend. University accommodation may be available and can be booked by students at a reasonable cost. Costs vary depending on student's location. For a night in university accommodation, the indicative cost is £35 per night.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The independent study allows our students to tailor their final project to their current jobs and/or future career choices. The dissertation demonstrates students’ research and critical reading, writing and thinking skills preparing them for a career in academia whereas the project and consultancy options help students connect with future employers and develop practical skills in areas such as project management, networking and report writing. For those already in a career, the independent study offers opportunities to explore themes related to their work and potentially start new projects with their organisation and other stakeholders. The Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace also occasionally offers students an opportunity to assist in research projects.

Graduates pursue careers in a wide range of fields including local, national and international peacebuilding and/or reconciliation organisations such as Transparency International, Jesuit Refugee Service and Generations for Peace. Some use the degree to kickstart a new career whereas others use the degree to support promotion within their current employment.

Explore the careers of ten alumni in our What Happened Next brochure.

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