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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

Impetus
If the global community has learned anything in the past few decades, it is that prevention is always preferred over reaction. Early warning signs have often preceded the crises of the past decades; however the lack of attention and action resulted in outright violent conflict and even genocide. There is a great need to recognize that peace is not simply the absence of war. Peace must be cultivated and preserved by identifying conflicts and addressing them with diplomacy and tact.

Objectives
1. Mainstreaming Peace: to promote a culture of peace in Cameroon, instilling a sense of obligation and responsibility to protect our fellow humankind, regardless of geography, ethnicity, religion, gender, et cetera.
2. A culture of peace will be instilled in students by encouraging them to scrutinize their own biases and identify those that are detrimental to peace. In acknowledging biases and recognizing their limitations and personal motives, students will be in a better position to approach issues in a more diplomatic and objective manner.
3. Education and Skill Building: our programs will provide capacity building to prepare students for a successful career in human rights, conflict mediation, management and resolution, peace building, and related fields.
4. To provide an academic foundation for higher studies in the field of Peace and Conflict management or related domains.

Expected Outcomes
Students will be taught to identify the causes of conflict and identify the ways in which those conflicts can be effectively managed. In the short-term, students will graduate with academic experience as well as practical experience to prepare them for a career in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution. Students will be able to analyze the factors behind a given conflict situation, including roots causes, spoilers, economic, social, psychological, and political effects, et cetera.

In the long-term, the degree of conflict, specifically inter-ethnic discord, will subside and there will be a general trend toward reconciliation and diplomatic dialogue rather than the conflict and uncooperativeness characteristic of the present.

Through the faculty exchange program and the use of national and international guest lecturers, permanent faculty will have the opportunity to collaborate and exchange and compare theory to enhance the comprehensiveness of the program.


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