Vibrant Interdisciplinary Program

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Vibrant Interdisciplinary Program

The curriculum consists of courses covering theories of conflict outbreak and escalation, models and frameworks conflict transformation and peacebuilding, theories and practice of negotiation, mediation and multi-party consensus-building, community mediation, multi-track diplomacy, research methods and introduction to cutting-edge scholarship in the field as well as it critical evaluation. Courses are vibrant and consist not only of lectures, but also involve interactive activities, group dialogue, personal reflections, simulations and other pedagogical methodologies to make the learning process experiential and connected to students' personal experiences and goals. In addition, the curriculum includes a mandatory practicum, which provides students with hands-on experience in the practice of Peace and Conflict Management and seeks to integrate the practical experience gained with the theoretical knowledge acquired in the program.
The program takes pride in its curriculum as well as in its ex-curricular activities, aimed at making the most of the time students spend in the program and in the region. The program aims at exposing students to the rich activities taking place in and outside the university that can inform and enrich the studies in peace and conflict management.
Throughout the year students meet informally with leaders, scholars and heads of organizations conducting shared-society work in Israel. These informal meetings, taking place once every three weeks, allow students to engage in dialogue and be inspired by leading figures in the field. In addition, day-long field-trips (twice each semester) expose students to complex social conflicts first-hand. The practicum provides students with hands-on experience in the practice of Peace and Conflict Management, broadly defined, and seeks to integrate the practical experience gained with the theoretical knowledge acquired in the program.
Students in the program are exposed to projects done and supported by the program's faculty, such as a project in the city of Haifa aimed at preventing escalation of social conflict in times of emergency, a project aimed at helping civil-society organizations in their efforts to develop a shared society, project that strives to overcome diversity and develop shared living on campus, attempts to transform adversary among Jews and Arabs in the shared city of Acer, etc.

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