in the United Nations and the Art of Peace
The Master’s Degree in the United Nations and the Art of Peace focuses on the study of 70 years of UN action in the fields of peace-making, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. It aims to allow students to become more knowledgeable on the matter as well as profit directly from the hindsight of the United Nations and academic experts in order to better assess and apprehend peace initiatives and understand the processes of preserving, defending and promoting peace in all their complexity.
Built on the experiences and expertise developed by UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), WFUNA (World Federation of United Nations Associations) and the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies at Kyung Hee University, this degree explores the different facets of the actions undertaken in the international field to promote, preserve and defend peace. The United Nations being at the center of this process for the last 70 years, the degree intend to use the UN both as a study subject as well as a source of expertise.
he program is mainly designed for students of social sciences in the Republic of Korea that wish to pursue their post-graduate studies focusing on the promotion of peace possibly in view of securing an internship or a job in a relevant international or non-governmental organization.
Main topics covered by the Master’s Degree in the United Nations and the Art of Peace include
Peace-making and Conflict prevention
In order to explore the fields of Peace-making, Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping, this MA relies on distinctive features:
1. Academic Flexibility
This program offers choices about when, where and how students will learn. It can give valuable advantages in an increasingly competitive higher-education environment as greater flexibility can help meet the needs of a diverse range of students.
During their time of study, students are accommodated on campus and enjoy access to the sport and leisure facilities that are on offer. Students are able to experience the two magnificent campuses in Gwangneung and Seoul.
The GIP is located in Jinjobup, Namyangju City, Gyonggi Province, 24km northeast of Seoul. The area has beauti-ful natural scenery, and the Kwangnung arboretum and the tomb of the famous King Sejo are adjacent to the Institute. There are six buildings including the main building, a library, a dormitory, a meditation hall, a gymnasi-um and an apartment for professors. All of them are facilities for education and living.
2. Student-centered approach
The learner and learning experience will be at the center of the approach. Group work, participation in discus-sion fora and exercises in each module and the mixed team of tutors/lecturers per module are particular features of the program.
3.Innovative multicultural pedagogy
Understanding the diversities of paradigms, perceptions and intellectual traditions or specific knowledge of the different partners is a central asset of this program.
4. Web-based learning community
Due to the specificity of humanitarian and peacebuilding activities based mostly on collaborative work and in order to put the learners in a situation as close as possible from field practice, a large portion of the learning activities and when possible of the assessments of each module will be based on collaborative work in order to create a virtual space of dialogue.
5. UN Expertise
Students benefit directly from the United Nations expertise with the involvement of the Organization both in the planning and implementation phase of the degree. They also profit from the unique access to the institution that the implementing partners have.