2018 Courses

All courses can be taken for training or for undergraduate credit. In addition, courses marked with an asterisk (*) can also be taken for graduate credit and can be used towards CMU's new MA in Peace and Collaborative Development (Click here for more information on the MA-PCD). Each CSOP course runs for 5 days, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM  Participants may apply for only one course each week and may apply for one week or for two weeks.


Session I:  June 11-15, 2018


Peacebuilding Approaches to Violent Extremism*

Instructor: Lisa Schirch
PCTS/POLS-3950C and PCD-5190C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

This interactive course will explore violent extremism (VE) through an ecological peacebuilding lens. Participants will explore the dangers, risks and unintended impacts of interventions to stop violent extremism. In particular, the course will look at the impact of violent extremism and counterterrorism on civil society space and identify the roles of civil society in addressing violent extremism.

Peace Skills – Dialogue as a Peacebuilding Process

Instructors: Paulo Baleinakorodawa


(Maria Ida "Deng" Giguiento will no longer be co-teaching this course)

In a culturally and socially diverse society, discussion of differences is needed to facilitate understanding and build relationships among people. Through this course, students will explore their own and others’ narratives in various social and institutional contexts, while learning from each other’s perspectives and from the practice of dialogue. Students will expand options for taking action to create change and bridge differences at the interpersonal and social/community levels. This course is valuable for those engaged in group and community processes.

This course is offered in partnership with Resolution Skills Centre (RSC) and Mediation Services and counts as 2 days of elective credit towards an RSC certificate.

Financial Empowerment for Development and Peacebuilding*

Instructor: Jerry Buckland
PCTS/BUSi/IDS-3950C and PCD-5390C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

In the rapidly changing world of consumer finance, vulnerable groups are particularly in need of financial empowerment. The course will engage social change theory in order to identify and evaluate responses to challenging consumer finance issues. This course will be valuable for participants engaged in a variety of sectors, including community development, family mediation, and international development. It will explore how consumer finance can cause harm to citizens that might have gender, class, or identity dimensions and will be a practical asset for community workers.

Conflict and Development Issues in Indigenous Communities

Instructor: Tabitha Martens


Within the broad framework of international development and conflict transformation studies, this course explores the dynamics of Indigenous communities globally, with special reference to the Canadian context. Processes of marginalization and underdevelopment will be presented in order to understand Indigenous communities’ social, economic and political situation.

Justice and Peace – Ecumenical Horizons*

Instructor: Fernando Enns and Andrés Pacheco Lozano
BTS/PCTS–3895C and BTS/PCD-5700C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

**This course was originally scheduled for Session II, June 18-22, but will now be offered during Session I, June 11-15, 2018

This course will give attention to the themes of justice and peace in light of ecumenical dynamics, realities, and possibilities. It will explore the kingdom of God, the cross and its interpretations, justification by grace, and the final judgement. Further subject areas will include issues related to restorative justice and transformative spirituality.



SESSION II: June 18-22, 2018


Who Is My Neighbour? Ethics in a Bordered World*

Instructor: Roger Epp
POLS/PCTS–3950C and PCD-5790C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

The course will consider the ethical questions that lie at the current tension-point between the claims of citizenship and the claims of a universal humanity. It will also ask how those questions get framed and who gets to ask them. This course invites conversation and self-reflection and seeks to equip its participants to reflect more deeply on the moral horizons and modes of ethical thinking that orient us for living and doing peacebuilding work in our complex and challenging times.

Trauma, Peace-building and Resilience – Level 1*sDSC_2329

Instructors: Vicki Enns and Wendy Kroeker
PCTS/PSYC–3950C and PCD–5790C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

When individuals, families or communities have been impacted by trauma, there can be ongoing vulnerability and post-traumatic stress as well as opportunities for strength and post-traumatic resilience. This course provides a collaborative setting for participants to explore their own contexts for supporting others’ healing from trauma while presenting an approach that integrates the theoretical and practical.

This training is developed and offered in partnership between CSOP and the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) (www.ctrinstitute.com).

Arts-based Approaches to Social Change* 

Instructor: Babu Ayindo
PCTS–3950C and PCD-5190C

Syllabus – Undergrad

Syllabus – Grad

This course explores the idea that the “arts are powerful” in peacebuilding and hold potential for enhancing our peacebuilding work. How are arts-based efforts creating works of meaning, beauty and imagination while also contributing to the challenges of building peace and justice? In this experiential learning process, participants will also engage in skills practice and, more importantly, draw from their learning and experience to propose initiatives relevant to their community or other settings.

To hear what past participants are saying about the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, take a look at this video:
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