One year Diploma programme in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (CTPB)
Conflict Transformation is a newly emerging, expanding and innovative discipline that is opening new frontiers of knowledge. The growing realization that the world has not yet effectively devised systems to cope with intra and inter-national conflicts has led civil society to search for creative options that place 'people' at the centre of peace processes. It is in this context that the field of Conflict Transformation has been conceptualized. This course seeks to address a growing need for education on the paradigms, models and skills that can assist societies to transform conflicts non-violently.
The Diploma Course is a one year integrated programme. It is offered to undergraduate and graduate students, NGO workers, media persons and grassroots workers. Drawing on resources from sociology, political science, media studies and psychology, the course uses an interdisciplinary approach. It is interactive, combining lectures, case studies, panel and group discussions, seminars, role-playing, field trips, film screenings and interactions with senior practitioners and scholars.
The faculty comprises erudite academicians at LSR and various reputed Universities as well as educators who have worked in conflict regions. To create an interactive space for the building of a network of young people committed to non-violent social change, the aim is to set up at LSR a quality Learning Centre that engages in research and praxis in education for a Culture of Peace.
Dr. Suman Sharma, Principal, LSR
The Programme seeks to accomplish the following:
Gain an understanding of the basic nature and challenges of contemporary conflicts;
Familiarize students with theoretical under-standings of the related fields of Conflict Transformation, Conflict Prevention, Conflict Management, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding;
Develop capacities and skills for responding to social conflicts (for example, dialogue, active listening, facilitation, mediation and negotiation);
Foreground the lens of gender in the analysis of conflict and in the conceptualization of peace initiatives;
Facilitate an in-depth knowledge about peacebuilding approaches in diverse conflict regions;
Create an interactive space for the building of a network of young people committed to constructive social change;
Build a synergy between the theory and practice of Conflict Transformation, Human Security and Development.
The Diploma Programme requires students to:
Complete course work (for four papers: three in the first semester, and one in the second semester)
Be placed with an organization working in Conflict Resolution or related fields (for at least two months)
Submit a research thesis (of publishable quality) and participate in a viva
Participate in a research methodology workshop
There will be a minimum of five to seven hours of teaching per week (600 marks)
Introduction to Conflict Analysis & Conflict Transformation (100 marks)
Human Rights, Gender, Justice and Reconciliation (100 marks)
Skill-building: Dialogue, Mediation, Facilitation and Negotiation (100 marks)
Action Research Project and Viva Voce (150 marks)
Violence, Nonviolence and Conflict Transformation (100 marks)
A Two-month Internship (50 marks)
Research Project & Viva Voce (150 Marks)
Upon completion of course work at the end of the first year, students will begin work on a research project. At the conclusion of the research, they will submit a thesis of 15,000-20,000 words along with a recommendation letter from their project supervisor. The supervisor will be appointed by the College, in consultation with the student. In addition to the thesis submission, students will be required to participate in:
A viva on their project
A research methodology workshop (prior to the initiation of the research)
Two-Month Internship (50 marks)
In order to enable students to test theories and approaches learnt in the classroom, and to engage in hands-on Conflict Transformation work, the Diploma Programme includes an internship with an NGO/CSO/institute/ educational institution in the area of peacebuilding in South Asia.
Undergraduate Degree (BA/B.Sc./B.Tech) with minimum 60% marks in 10+2. (5% relaxation for SC/ST candidate) Those pursuing final year of under-graduation can also apply.
Selection to the Programme is based on a Completed Application Form and an Interview.
How to Apply
This year, the last date of submitting the application form was 30th June 2016. The process is now closed and will open next year.
For more information please contact
The Principal's Office,
Lady Shri Ram College for Women,
Lajpat Nagar IV, New Delhi 110024.