Strategic Peace and Conflict Studies

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For the academic year 2021/2022 we prepared brand new programmes, including Strategic Peace and Conflict Studies in partnership with the The United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

Strategic Peace and Conflict Studies (SPACS) is an innovative and interdisciplinary joint programme of Collegium Civitas and  UNITAR. The programme has been developed following the Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2020 and is based on experience and know-how of both institutions. SPACS is the first programme of this kind in Poland, and one of the very few in Europe.

It is aimed at empowering students to:

• understand the root causes of violence and international conflicts and foundations of long lasting peace;
• develop practical skills necessary for the process of conflict transformation and positive social change;
• develop and deploy peacebuilding strategies at the policy level, the middle-level and the grassroots level.

SPACS combines the knowledge from such fields as: international relations, sociology, psychology, international law, economy, human rights, security studies, and others to generate a comprehensive body of knowledge, and to arrive with 21st century solutions to 21st century problems.

What distinguishes this programme from others is a holistic and practical approach which enables students to develop new ways of thinking about current global problems. After the completion of the program, students will be able to critically analyze current events and policy decisions, and will develop skills needed to effect change both at the community and at the high policy level.

The main goal is to transform students into well-educated and skilled peacebuilders who will be able to assess and lead positive social changes at both the grassroots level and the high-policy level. Therefore, there will be a strong emphasis on personal and professional development of students in the program, which will allow them to respond holistically to a range of challenges faced in the field.

Why did we create this programme in Poland? What are the goals of SPACS? How can we contribute towards achieving SDG 16? Find out in this short video! (available on YouTube with Polish and English subtitles).

In addition, we invite you to watch the webinar about Peace Education: Challenges and Oppportunities with participation of experts from UNITAR and Collegium Civitas:

More information about SPACS: