Online courses

For the development of its online courses, Modus Operandi has entered into partnership with The Network University (TNU). Modus Operandi focuses on content development for the courses, and TNU provides the technical know-how and platform for teaching, whilst being committed to the issues of social change.The courses aim to facilitate the cross-fertilisation of ideas, and propose practical tools for those whom wish to become actors in the field of conflict transformation.

Currently we offer three courses: Transforming civil conflicts; Post-conflict politics: state and society relations; and Gender and Conflict Transformation.

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Transforming Civil Conflicts

The online course on Transforming Civil Conflict (TCC) is the outcome of a joint effort by The Network University, the University of Amsterdam, the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University and Modus Operandi. It is a four-week online course in international conflict resolution, taught entirely online. Clich here to visit the democourse

Those who participate become familiar with contemporary theories of conflict and conflict resolution and get introduced to practical issues and debates within the field. They are brought together in a 'learning community' with people with a professional interest in conflict. The subjects for each of the course weeks are: Introduction to Conflict Resolution, Conflict Analysis and Conflict Prevention. The students participate through online debates, assignments and exercises and are coached intensively online.


Agir sur les conflits

In November 2013, Modus Operandi will organise the first French session of its online course on transforming civil conflicts for French-speaking participants.

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Post-conflict Politics

The development of the course "Post-conflict politics: state and society relations" is motivated by a feeling of frustration with a technical approach to state-building. State reconstruction in post-conflict contexts enounters many obstacles: inadequate democracy, absence of the Rule of Law, ruling class’ lack of legitimacy, corruption and economic crisis and poverty as well resurgence of conflict. The aim of this course is to provide participants with tools to analyse a post-conflict state, and to understand the elements that lead to stability, or a return to conflict. What are the options to improve the relationship between state and society in post-conflict contexts?

Participants of the course look at the whole life of the post-conflict state; from the formal end to a conflict, the peace agreement to the establishment or re-establishment of the state and its institutions. Throughout the course the theoretical material is illustrated with case studies that show how models affect different contexts and highlight the importance of local knowledge in the establishment of a durable peace.

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Gender and Conflict Transformation

This four-week online course brings together existing expertise on the relationship between gender and conflict transformation. The aim of the course is to empower women to become key agents in conflict transformation. The course will use a variety of interactive methods that illicit thinking and exchange.

The first part of the course will look at conflict using a gender 'lens'. This means that we will try to understand conflict situations more fully, by asking a series of questions about the impact which conflict has on men and women - on their roles, their identities, their social position and rights, and about what sort of 'peace' they want to see.

The second part of the course will concentrate on taking action. Several examples of actions that women peacemakers have taken to confront violence, especially at the local level, will be presented. There will also be examples of practices, strategies and courses of action that have proved successful.

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