Content and Goals
|Degree||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Regular Period of Study||4 Semesters (2 years)|
|Start of Study Programme||Annually, in Winter Semester only (October)|
|Prerequisites for Admission||Consult Admission Requirements|
|Study||More information about the study requirements and course of study can be found under Study regulations, Examination regulations and the Module manual. For new students, the most current version of the study and examination regulations apply.|
The PACS programme attaches great importance to theory. At the same time it discusses and demonstrates, the practical relevance of these concepts and methods in the seminars. The courses analyse specific conflicts and cases and offer practical skills of conflict management. PACS focuses on human rights issues, conflict analyses and normative issues of a global peace order. It offers students a broad education in theories and methods of Peace and Conflict Studies and enables them to develop the strong analytical and practical skills.
The aim of the study programme is the interactive exchange of knowledge about theories and methods of peace and conflict studies. Students acquire skills and competences for the analysis of social and political contexts. The curriculum has two equally weighted parts. On the one hand, students deal with the causes of violent conflicts. On the other, they examine the transformation of conflicts and the stabilisation of fragile societies utilising non-violent resolution mechanisms.
The study programme not only creates new scientists. It is also prepares graduates for a future career in international institutions and non-governmental organizations or other administrative structures. Peace and Conflict Studies graduates typically work in one of the following fields:
- Development cooperation
- International Organisations
- Nongovernmental Organisations, lobbies and foundations
- Science, research and education
- Government agencies and ministries