International Course on


This is a two-week online course offered by the Department of International Relations, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY), in collaboration with DEEP Network (

Date: 26 July – 06 August 2021

Course Fee: No Fee 

Course Application: 15 February – 31 May 2021

Credits: Upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a certificate and 10 academic credits, suggested as equivalent to 5 ECTS or 3 US semester credits. 

Coordinators: Dr Arie Kusuma Paksi ( and Emeritus Professor Dr Alberto Gomes (

Course Overview

Violent conflict leaves in its wake human carnage, battered lives, economic turmoil, social upheaval, and ecological calamity. These are the immediate and most visible effects, while less evident are the long-term consequences of deeply divided, polarized and volatile societies. While conflict itself is a natural and normal aspect of living in an increasingly diverse, ever-changing, and plural society – where not everyone shares the same aspiration or worldview – it is imperative to ensure that when it occurs it does not escalate into violent forms of expression.

This state-of-the-art course explores a range of theory-formed and practice-oriented approaches to conflict and peacebuilding to eliminate, or at least alleviate, the potential of violent conflict. It focuses on conflict transformation which entails fostering dialogue, empathic relationships and exploring nonviolent means of communication, engagement and interaction as well as addressing the underlying structural causes of violence, such as inequality, poverty, racism, discrimination, social injustice, marginalization, exclusion, and oppression.

An international and interdisciplinary team of scholars, researchers, and practitioners will enable participants to enhance their knowledge and understanding on conflict transformation, dialogue, reconciliation, and peacebuilding (via education, media, nonviolent communication, community engagement and policy intervention) through the sharing of ideas, experiences, and practices. The course’s innovation also lies in that it covers relatively new approaches, such as creative forms of dialogue, local and traditional forms of conflict transformation, peace psychology, and peace ecology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the course, participants would have enhanced their knowledge, skills and competencies to:

  1. Appreciate the various ways and effective strategies in dealing with conflict constructively, by bridging cultural divides and fostering interventions in peace and social justice.
  2. Understand critically key theories and concepts related to violence, nonviolence, conflict transformation, dialogue, peacebuilding, reconciliation, peace ecology, human rights, multiculturalism, and social justice.
  3. Work in various policy environments that will require sophisticated skills in conflict transformation, dialogue, and peacebuilding.
  4. Design and develop culturally sensitive and effective approaches and frameworks in conflict transformation, dialogue, and peace processes.
  5. Advance their careers in the peacebuilding and conflict transformation field as well as in community building and policy intervention.
  6. Frame and conceptualise questions for research and scholarly publication, especially for those who are currently in academia and research.
  7. Effect positive change in their own communities.

Course Methodologies

This course adopts a range of innovative and cutting-edge teaching as well as learning techniques and practices which include:

  • interactive lectures by experienced international experts, scholars and practitioners;
  • simulation exercises and role play in which participants apply the acquired knowledge and skills as well as relate them to their own experiences;
  • peer exchange and dialogue during which participants share best practices and formulate plans and projects to carry out in their own settings;
  • self-study in which participants reflect on the lessons and case studies covered in the course. Participants will be issued with extensive resource materials, including a workbook and access to web-based interactive technologies.

Prospective Participants

This cross-disciplinary course- with its theory-informed and empirical-based approach, will be of value to anyone aspiring to enhance their knowledge, understanding and skills in the broad range of topics and themes covered. In particular, the course will benefit:

  • Peace and Dialogue practitioners
  • Activists and NGO staff
  • Educators (School and Tertiary levels)
  • Scholars and researchers
  • Tertiary-level students
  • Public servants
  • Company employees
  • Journalists and media producers

Application Procedure

Go to the application page. Apply by filling out the application form and uploading the following documents:

  1. Reference Letter
  2. Copy of Passport ID Page for non-Indonesian applicants, and KTP for Indonesian applicants
  3. Motivation Statement (max. 500 words)
    Applicants are required to submit along with the application a short statement with the following questions as a guide:
    a. Why are you interested in this course?
    b. What do you hope to gain from it?
    c. Do you have previous studies in this field?
  4. Recent Curriculum Vitae

All documents above must be submitted online no later than 31 May 2021

Successful applicants will be notified on  30 June 2021.

If you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to drop an e-mail to


International Program of International Relations Department (IPIREL)
Gedung Pasca Sarjana, Level 1 – Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta
Jl. Brawijaya, Tamantirto, Kasihan, Bantul, DI Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55183
Telp: +62 274 387656 Ext. 240
Fax: +62 274 387646