Advanced Conflict Transformation Transcend Peace University
This course deals with interpersonal conflicts, causes, coping strategies, and conflict resolution from a social psychological point of view.
The objectives of this course are:
1. Getting insight into potential causes of interpersonal conflicts.
2. Getting insight into conflicts in organizations and assessing the contributing factors.
3. Analyzing conflicts and being able to present possible solutions.
Content part one
The first part of the course will deal with potential causes of interpersonal conflicts, attraction, and relationships, with the development of social attachments. Attitude formation and behavior will be studied in order to better understand the influence of group membership as well as processes of social influence: Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience. Furthermore, hostile intergroup behavior such as Prejudice, Stereotypes, Discrimination, and Aggression will be discussed together with the common thread of humanity as Altruism and other forms of Prosocial behavior. Concepts of Morality and Competition, Justice and Cooperation will also be elaborated.
Content part two
The second part of the course will pay attention to interpersonal conflicts directly, looking at potential causes, coping strategies, and perspectives on conflict resolution in organizations. Relationships and conflicts at work and organizational power will be discussed in view of politics and gender factors. Culture conflicts in a cross-cultural perspective will also be discussed alongside conceptions of fairness and reconciliation.