Curricula

 

This page hosts syllabi and curricula from university classes and professional training courses on environmental peacebuilding. These include syllabi from graduate and undergraduate-level courses shared by university professors, including courses that are dedicated primarily to post-conflict peacebuilding and natural resource management, as well as courses which cover broader themes, but include units on related topics. If you have a contribution that you would like to share with other educators, trainers, and instructors involved in environmental peacebuilding, please contact share@environmentalpeacebuilding.org.

 

Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding

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Summary: This survey course covers a broad sampling of topics associated with natural resources and conflict, humanitarian assistance, and post-conflict peacebuilding.   Topics covered:  The role of natural resources as a cause of conflict (greed and grievance theory); linkages between specific resources (e.g., oil, water, and forests), conflict, and peacebuilding; peace parks; environmental impacts of war; natural resources...

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Biodiversity, Natural Resources, and Conflict

Biodiversity, Natural Resources, and Conflict

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Summary: This course focuses on understanding and managing natural resource-based conflicts with a particular eye toward biodiversity.  The target audience is graduate students who are conservation scientists, environmental policymakers, rural development specialists, political ecologists, and conflict/peace workers.   Topics covered: causes and nature of environmental conflicts; impacts of conflict on environmental conditions; the environment’s role in generating conflict; land, protected...

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Geography of Development

Geography of Development

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Summary: This undergraduate-level course examines the geography of development by looking at a selection of critical topics, drawn primarily from Africa. It considers how the international donor, diplomatic, and science communities work, along with the role of host governments--in pursuing agendas for development.   Approximately half of the course is spent analyzing “the role of land rights in...

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Geography of Conflict

Geography of Conflict

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Summary: This course examines how contemporary armed conflicts are linked to natural resource distribution, state formation, social identities and places, borders and boundaries, and the creation of social, economic, and political hierarchies and networks over space.   Topics Covered: Natural resources and human-environment linkages; climate change and violent conflict; scale of conflicts (including natural resource commodities chains); borders and...

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Development and Livelihoods

Development and Livelihoods

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Summary: This undergraduate-level course discusses the geographical dimensions of rural/urban livelihoods in the face of socioeconomic and environmental change in developing regions, with one unit focusing on Africa with a theme of livelihoods under change and stress.   Topics Covered: Livelihoods and conflict in Africa; traditional and local conflict resolution and livelihood recovery; natural resources and peacebuilding; park-people conflicts...

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Survey of Environment, Conflict, and Peace

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Summary: This course introduces the linkages between natural resources, conflict, and peace; it also lays a foundation for further specialized coursework and professional experience.   Topics Covered: The course asks students to assess the natural resource dimensions of conflicts; to identify and evaluate opportunities for cooperation, conflict prevention, and conflict mitigation; to consider methods for resolving conflicts related to...

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Environment, Conflict and Cooperation

Environment, Conflict and Cooperation

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Summary: This survey course covers a broad sampling of topics associated with natural resources and conflict, humanitarian assistance, and post-conflict peacebuilding.   Topics covered: The role of natural resources and the environment in peacebuilding; the environmental consequences of war; negotiation and mediation techniques for natural resource management; humanitarian assistance and environmental conflict between refugee and host communities; linkages between...

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Environmental Peacemaking

Environmental Peacemaking

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Summary: This course focuses on the emerging interdisciplinary field of environmental peacemaking and identifies ways that the environment provides opportunities for building bridges of collaboration between conflicting parties.   Topics Covered: The course examines interactions of violence, conflict, peace, security, and the natural environment. Some of the specific topics covered include: power, the environment and conflict or cooperation; regional environmental...

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Environment, Conflict and Peace

Environment, Conflict and Peace

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Summary: This course creates a learning environment for students to understand, analyze and critically engage with the questions and debates at the nexus of environment, conflict and peace.   Topics covered: This course has into three main sections: theory and concepts, the human dimension, and governance and innovation. In the first third of the course, students study the...

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