Online Courses

The CAPAZ School of Online Courses (Cursos Virtuales de CAPAZ – ECV) was established as a result of the consolidation of the institute’s lines of research and its commitment to expand its academic offerings through the digitalisation of content on the different aspects that comprise peace studies. Based on the joint work of our partner universities, we have managed to design a high quality programme, designed for those with academic and research interests in the subject of peace, as well as citizens who wish to understand the challenges of building a stable and lasting peace.

 

For this first version of the ECV (2020-2021), we have an offer of 10 online courses covering topics such as: sub-national views of armed conflict, geographical analysis of territorial conflicts, reconciliation pedagogies and policies, music practices, and peacebuilding knowledge management. We hope this offer is of interest to you and that you secure a place on some of our courses.

THE GOVERNANCE OF KNOWLEDGE FOR PEACE

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Why take this course?

Building territorial peace implies anticipating knowledge requirements in the short and medium term. The possibility of understanding how different forms of knowledge interact to solve problems derived from the armed conflict opens a significant horizon for taking advantage of science, technology and innovation (STI) as a factor in local development. This course reflects on the nature of this interaction, and identifies mechanisms that explain it and tools that enhance it. It is a space for academic exchange, intended for agents of change who wish to strengthen capacities to take advantage of various sources of knowledge involved in peacebuilding.

What is our goal?

To provide conceptual, analytical and methodological tools to understand phenomena such as the co-creation and use of knowledge in multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral peacebuilding contexts.

Who do we target?

The course targets mainly undergraduate and postgraduate students studying science, technology and society (STS), decision makers, international development workers and, in general, managers of peacebuilding projects interested in understanding how knowledge strengthens local change agents, and how STS supports the achievement of sustainable peace.  

Duration

22 hours

Start date

24/02/2021

End date

26/04/2021

Type of certification

Digital certificate of attendance

Universidad Externado de Colombia

Academic coordinator(s)

Alejandro Balanzó Guzmán, PhD

Universidad Externado de Colombia

alejandro.balanzo@uexternado.edu.co

 

Juan Pablo Centeno, MA

Universidad Externado de Colombia

juan.centeno@uexternado.edu.co

Further information

Juan Pablo Centeno, MA

Universidad Externado de Colombia

juan.centeno@uexternado.edu.co

Other universities/institutions

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Universidad del Valle

The German Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ

FORMER COMBATANTS AND TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE: EXPLORING THE COMPREHENSIVENESS OF THE SYSTEM

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Why take this course?

This educational and academic space is designed exclusively for former FARC combatants who wish or are obliged to participate in the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition.  If you are a former combatant who needs to better understand the spaces of participation that the System has designed for people in the process of reincorporation, this course is for you. Three courses will be run during 2020 and up to the middle of 2021, aiming to provide the majority of former combatants with access to this information.

What is our goal?

The purpose of the course is to explore the relevance of former combatants’ participation in the System both for their social and political reintegration process and for the fulfilment of victims’ rights.  

Who do we target?

This educational and academic space is designed exclusively for former FARC combatants who wish or are obliged to participate in the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition. The course is linked to the module of the “Dissemination of Coexistence Experiences” initiative implemented by the Truth Commission’s Central Andean macro-region

Duration

18 hours

Start date

Course 1: 8/11/2020

Course 2: 04/2021

Course 3: 08/2021

End date

Course 1: 14/02/2021

Course 2: 06/2021

Course 3: 10/2021

Type of certification

Short course certificate

Universidad del Rosario

Academic coordinator(s)

Laly Catalina Peralta

Universidad del Rosario

School of Law

Further information

Juan Sebastián Gómez

e-mail: juansebast.gomez@urosario.edu.co

Other universities/institutions

New York University (NYU)

Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI)

Truth Commission

Universidad del Rosario 

SUB-NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE ARMED CONFLICT IN COLOMBIA: CHANGES IN THE DYNAMICS OF ARMED VIOLENCE IN THE POST-FARC-EP CONTEXT

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Why take this course?

This course offers a novel perspective on how the armed conflict in Colombia fragmented to give rise to multiple autonomous armed confrontations. In this respect, we will analyse power relations and struggles around the territory, but always through a sub-national perspective, thus validating the hypothesis that the continued existence of territorial armed conflicts is an impediment to peacebuilding in Colombia.  

What is our goal?

To understand the context of armed violence in Colombia after the demobilisation of the FARC-EP from a sub-national perspective.

Who do we target?

This course is intended for social science professionals or university students in their final two academic semesters who are interested in peacebuilding and the regional dynamics of armed violence, as well as public officials in positions related to security, development, and peacebuilding issues.

Duration

18 hours

Start date

04/02/2021

End date

24/03/2021

Type of certification

Extension Course Certificate

Universidad del Norte

Academic coordinator(s)

Luis Fernando Trejos Rosero 

Universidad del Norte 

Department of Political Science and International Relations

Further information

Luis Fernando Trejos Rosero 

e-mail: trejosl@uninorte.edu.co

Other universities/institutions

CINEP

University of Toronto

TERRITORIAL CHALLENGES FOR PEACEBUILDING IN COLOMBIA - NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES -

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Why take this course?

The course offers an academic setting with a socio-legal, pedagogical-legal, transdisciplinary and comparative international perspective, which analyses the main problems faced by territories in building a harmonious coexistence between people and communities immersed in different structural conflicts.

What is our goal?

The course is a space for academic reflection on the socio-legal, environmental, and territorial difficulties that hinder peacebuilding in Colombia, South America, and the world. It promotes interdisciplinary knowledge that helps to clarify the possible alternatives available for developing environments that favour people’s lives overall.

Who do we target?

The course is intended for specialisation, master’s, and doctorate students whose area of work and research interest concerns peacebuilding from and for the territories. It also offers a space for students in their final semesters whose research is related to the themes covered on the course.

Duration

22 hours

Start date

16/02/2021

End date

27/04/2021

Type of certification

Certificate of attendance

Academic coordinator(s)

Mariela Inés Sánchez Cardona 

Universidad del Norte

Universidad Nacional de Colombia 

Further information

Juan Daniel Forero Mora 

e-mail: retosterritorialescapaz@gmail.com 

Cel: 3057124313 

Other universities/institutions

University of Göttingen

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Universidad del Norte

Universidad Central del Valle del Cauca

HUMAN RIGHTS AND PEACEBUILDING UNDER A HUMAN SECURITY APPROACH IN THE FRAMEWORK OF COVID-19

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Why take this course?

The course provides a joint approach to peacebuilding, human rights, and human security. It is an exercise that will articulate specialized knowledge on these subjects with the view that organisations and social leaders have of them. The course will present topics such as: basic foundations of human rights, challenges of peacebuilding in the post-agreement period, approaches to security and, social mobilisation and perspectives for change.

What is our goal?

To promote the study of human rights and territorial peacebuilding from a human security perspective. A large part of the reflections on these issues will be raised in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city of Medellin.

Who do we target?

To people interested in peacebuilding, human rights, and human security. A diverse audience is expected including social leaders, human rights defenders, public officials and scholars of the issues to be addressed on the course.

Duration

20 hours

Start date

08/02/2021

End date

19/04/2021

Type of certification

Extension Course

Universidad de Antioquia

Academic coordinator(s)

Julián Andrés Muñoz Tejada

Universidad de Antioquia

School of Law and Political Science

Further information

Héctor David Pardo

e-mail: conflictosyviolencias@udea.edu.co

Other universities/institutions

London School of Economics

Universidad Católica de Colombia

Universidad del Rosario

TERRITORIAL DYNAMICS AND CONFLICTS

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Why take this course?

This course is intended to help understand the impact of territorial conflicts on the processes of social injustice and violence in Colombia. It offers theoretical and practical tools based on which to understand territories as “spaces of governance” whose conflictivity results from the contradictions produced by the social relations of class, social groups and institutions that create heterogeneous territories and dispute development and social projects.

What is our goal?

The course is designed to delve into the processes of territorialisation – deterritorialization and reterritorialization (TDR) involved in the Colombian armed conflict, its impacts at local level, and the mechanisms that produce unjust geographies. Accordingly, it is designed so that participants can analyse the challenges that territorial dynamics and conflicts present for peacebuilding in Colombia as a society in transition.

Who do we target?

Master’s or doctoral students in social sciences or related fields from Colombian and German CAPAZ-member universities interested in studying the field in greater depth.

Duration

24 hours

Start date

15/02/2021

End date

16/04/2021

Type of certification

Continued Education Course

Universidad de Caldas

Academic coordinator(s)

Hellen Charlot Cristancho

Universidad de Caldas

Department of History and Geography

Director of MA in Territory Studies

 

Victoria Lugo

Universidad de Caldas

Department of Human Development

Director Master’s Degree in Social Justice and Peacebuilding

Further information

Lucas Andrés Escudero

e-mail: maestria.justiciaypaz@ucaldas.edu.co

Cel: 3206710910

Other universities/institutions

Universidad de Caldas

MA in Territory Studies

MA in Social Justice and Peacebuilding

 

Universidad de Antioquia

Universidad de los Andes

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Fundación Paz y Reconciliación

Truth Commission

CLUES TO UNDERSTANDING THE ARMED CONFLICT

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Why take this course?

The course will provide an insight into some of the main research developments and key interpretations in the field of armed conflict and peacebuilding studies in Colombia, providing an overview for non-specialists, based on the perspective of experts in the field.

What is our goal?

The course provides basic theoretical and methodological elements based on which to understand and study violence in the context of the armed conflict in Colombia. To this end, participants will explore the theoretical and methodological challenges in terms of the analysis of the current persistence of armed violence in the country, and examine the context of transition in order to better understand the possibilities opening up for peacebuilding.

Who do we target?

Students in their final semester of undergraduate and graduate programmes, professionals from institutions, international bodies or organisations related to peacebuilding and interested in appropriating introductory tools for the analysis and understanding of the historical and contemporary dynamics of the armed conflict in Colombia.

Duration

54 hours:

– 18 of synchronous classes

– 36 of independent work

Start date

16/01/2021

End date

20/02/2021

Type of certification

Extension course

Universidad del Cauca

Academic coordinator(s)

Axel Rojas

Universidad del Cauca

Department of Anthropology, School of Human and Social Sciences

Further information

Axel Rojas

e-mail: axelrojasm@unicauca.edu.co

Cel: 3164731630

Other universities/institutions

Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen

Peace Research Institut Frankfurt

German Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ

EDUCATION AND POLITICS OF RECONCILIATION: LIMITATIONS AND POSSIBILITIES OF A CONCEPT UNDER DISCUSSION

Why take this course?

Reconciliation is a widely used and contested concept in peacebuilding, even in societies not affected by armed conflict. The course outlines the origin, development and implementation of the concept in academic debates and in the practice of peacebuilding. It also considers its individual and collective scope and limitations, and explores the variety of practices in which reconciliation is implemented. It also promotes participation in diverse regional, institutional and organisational experiences.

What is our goal?

To learn about the different inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches and debates on reconciliation in the context of peacebuilding.

 

To contribute to the consideration of professional or activist practice in matters related to reconciliation such as the promotion of coexistence, the (re)construction of fabric and the promotion of new non-violent practices of social interaction.

 

To strengthen dialogue and collaboration skills among heterogeneous groups.

Who do we target?

The course is designed for those who have an interest in reconciliation initiatives: professionals from public entities and social organisations, community leaders, development workers, activists, and university students (undergraduate and graduate).

Duration

36 hours:

– 18 synchronous hours

– 18 asynchronous hours

Start date

25/02/2021

End date

08/04/2021

Type of certification

Attendance certificate

Academic coordinator(s)

José Fernando Serrano Amaya

Universidad de los Andes

Department of Language and Culture

School of Social Sciences

Further information

Carlos Andrés García

e-mail: ca.garcia21@uniandes.edu.co

Other universities/institutions

To be confirmed

MUSIC, VIOLENCE, AND PEACE IN LATIN AMERICA

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Why take this course?

The phenomenon of violence and peace in Colombia and Latin America has also manifested itself in their music, where censorship and repression converge with resistance and counter-hegemonic discourses. This course offers an approach to music, understanding it as an educational tool and as an object of study of the social and political conflicts of the country and, in some cases, of the continent.

 

Articulating approaches from the Anthropology of Music and Political Science, we will analyse the relationship between sounds and drug trafficking, punk as resistance in contexts of urban violence, musical productions by insurgents and victims, and the involvement of musical celebrities as political actors.

What is our goal?

The aim is for the students to acquire analytical tools to approach the conflicts and violence in Colombia and Latin America from the cultural and sound productions derived from these contexts.

Who do we target?

Musicians or cultural managers from different parts of the country, social activists, undergraduate and graduate students, general public.

Duration

18 hours

Start date

16/02/2021

End date

20/04/2021

Type of certification

Extension course certificate issued by Universidad del Rosario and the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) at Freie Universität Berlín.

Academic coordinator(s)

Rafael Quishpe

Universidad del Rosario

School of Law/JANUS

Further information

Rafael Quishpe

e-mail: musicapaz2021@gmail.com

Other universities/institutions

Freie Universitat Berlin (FUB)

GEOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS OF TERRITORIAL CONFLICTS AND PEACEBUILDING: CONTRIBUTIONS FROM COLOMBIA TO PEACE STUDIES

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Why take this course?

Because the geography programme at Universidad Externado de Colombia has a history of understanding the territorial dynamics of implementing peace agreements, and conducts various academic and outreach activities to this end. The course is run in association with the Centre for Reconciliation Studies at the University of Jena (Germany), thereby generating a dialogue between the Colombian process and other similar processes that have taken place in various parts of the world. Another reason for taking this course is the geographical perspective proposed to advance in the understanding of the territorial configuration of socio-environmental, economic and cultural conflicts, in areas where communities and the State have proposed ways to build a plural, stable and lasting peace.

What is our goal?

Our goal is to develop an approach and a conceptual and contextual understanding of the geographical dimension of socio-political conflicts, in order to identify challenges in the construction of territorial peace in Colombia. It also seeks to highlight the contributions that the Colombian case can make to peace studies globally.

Who do we target?

Professionals and students from different disciplines, Colombian and foreign, from the earth sciences, social and legal sciences, together with social leaders, community organizations, project coordinators, as well as all those interested in working in territorial conflict analysis and peacebuilding.

Duration

18 hours

Start date

25/02/2021

End date

25/04/2021

Type of certification

Extension Course, Digital certificate

Universidad del Externado de Colombia

Academic coordinator(s)

Juan David Delgado Rozo

Universidad Externado de Colombia

Geography programme

Further information

Juan David Delgado Rozo

e-mail: geografia@uexternado.edu.co

e-mail: juand.delgado@uexternado.edu.co

Other universities/institutions

University of Jena Centre for Reconciliation Studies