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Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials



Universität Basel > Advanced Studies

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Basel (BS)




Universitäre Hochschulen UH - Weiterbildung: Lehrgänge

Zeitliche Beanspruchung

Berufsbegleitend - Teilzeit


Geisteswissenschaften, Geschichte, Philosophie



Aktualisiert 03.04.2017


Beschreibung des Angebots

Civilian peacebuilding plays a crucial role in efforts to transform violent conflict, promote peace, rebuild war-torn societies and prevent the recurrence of violence. This postgraduate course provides a holistic understanding of civilian peacebuilding. It analyzes theories, concepts, debates, policies and practices in:

  • Peacebuilding & statebuilding
  • Gender in conflict & peacebuilding
  • Peacebuilding methodologies
  • Peace mediation
  • Dealing with the past & transitional justice
  • Business, conflict & human rights

Your benefits

  • Reflect critically on peacebuilding practices
  • Link theoretical and conceptual inputs with your work activities
  • Acquire peacebuilding skills and tools
  • Benefit from a wide network of peacebuilding professionals

Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, skills training and self-study.

Aufbau der Ausbildung

The course consists of five on-site modules and can be taken over one or two years (21 course days). On-site classes take place once a month (Friday and Saturday), the two 3-day trainings take place from Wednesday to Friday at swisspeace in Basel, Switzerland. Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study.

Course structure & dates 2016/17
CAS, DAS and MAS framework

1. Introductory Module (2 days)
Participants review peacebuilding theories, discuss concepts and examine the development of peacebuilding policies and practices.

2. Thematic Module
Participants receive theoretical, conceptual and practice-oriented inputs in five major civilian peacebuilding fields and reflect on peacebuilding practices.

Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (2 days)
How can state and non-state actors contribute to peacebuilding? What role can external actors play? This thematic block looks at the state, governance structures and practices in weak, fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Participants reflect on the complex interplay between peacebuilding and statebuilding.

Gender Dimensions in Conflict and Peacebuilding (2 days)
How do gender roles change during phases of violent conflict and war? And how does this affect peacebuilding processes? Participants examine the gender-specific dimensions in conflict and peacebuilding.

Peace Mediation (2 days)
Mediators bring conflict parties to the negotiating table and support them in finding agreements. In the last decade the range of actors in mediation has broadened beyond diplomats and UN experts and frequently professional mediators are brought in. Participants gain insights into the challenges that mediators face when facilitating dialogue and searching for peace agreements.

Dealing with the Past (2 days)
Finding a way to deal with a violent past is often considered the basis for creating lasting peace, democracy and the rule of law. This includes the identification of past human rights violations, the prosecution of perpetrators, the rehabilitation of victims, institutional reforms, etc. Participants critically reflect on such processes and assess their effects on society, victims and perpetrators.

Business, Conflict and Human Rights (3 days)
Violent conflicts lead to an unstable environment in which to conduct business. At the same time businesses influence the economic, political and social dynamics of conflicts. Participants analyze the link between economic activity and conflict dynamics and discuss the chances and challenges of involving companies in peacebuilding.

3. Training Module (6 days)
Participants refine their skills in conflict analysis, human rights and conflict Transformation with two practice-oriented 3-day trainings.

4. Applied Module (2 days)
Participants engage in peacebuilding simulation games on conflict prevention, peace mediation or dealing with the past.

5. Concluding Module (1 day)
Participants write a conceptual or practice-oriented final thesis or conduct a practical project relevant to their work context. In a final study block conclusions on civilian peacebuilding are drawn and an outlook on future developments is given.

This course can be taken as one module of the Diploma and Master of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding programs offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel (18 ECTS).



The course is designed for practitioners and academics interested in bridging their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge on civilian peacebuilding. A minimum of two years of professional experience in relevant fields and a university degree (minimum BA) or an equivalent educational background are required.


CHF 9'600.-

Travel, food and accommodation costs are not included in the fee.


  • Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials, University of Basel

Praktische Hinweise

Ort / Adresse

  • Basel (BS)

Bernoullistrasse 14/16
CH-4056 Basel

Zeitlicher Ablauf


September - August

Zeitliche Beanspruchung

  • Berufsbegleitend
  • Teilzeit


  • Englisch


Auskünfte / Kontakt

Prof. Dr. Laurent Goetschel
University of Basel and Director of swisspeace
Franziska Sigrist
MA, Head of Training, swisspeace

Franziska Sigrist
Bernoullistrasse 14-16
CH-4056 Basel

Tel. +41 31 330 12 12 

Der Studiengang ist Teil der Advanced Studies, der berufsbegleitenden Weiterbildung der Universität Basel.