The Program of Conflict Management and Resolution addresses the global need for advanced research in the field of conflict management and resolution. The program prepares experts in conflict management who can serve the legal, educational, and defense systems, in social and welfare organizations in the public and private sectors.
The program is based on a multidisciplinary approach to conflict research, and techniques to manage and minimize conflict. The curriculum stresses critical analysis of the social structures and processes in which conflicts develop. It covers the social, psychological, managerial, economic, educational, political, historical and ecological aspects of conflict.
The program, based on a multidisciplinary approach, seeks to train conflict management experts who can serve the legal, educational and defense systems, in social and welfare organizations in the public and private sectors. Program participants conduct research in related areas and seek new ways to manage and resolve conflicts.
Courses are both theoretical and practical and include a core of general studies on resolution prevention and intervention, as well as electives on such topics as:
· Society in conflict - the case of Bedouin-Arab society
· Psychological aspects of family conflicts
· Creative women under the shadow of struggle
· Mediation and its Implementation in organizations and social systems
· The evolution of ethnic and global conflicts
Practicum on Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution
Practical experience is an integral part of the curriculum and includes participation in community projects and arbitration, mediation and negotiation.
The MA practicum allows students to analyze and intervene in conflicts in a professional and supervised format. Students work in fields including health promotion, social justice, multi-cultural societies and human rights. Projects have included joint civic action to enhance community coherence between Bedouin and Jewish youth and the establishment of a community mediation center.
· Mental health outcomes and coping during or following exposure to extremely stressful events
· Divided societies and their implications for ethnic conflicts, focusing on India, Israel, Sri-Lanka, Macedonia and Cyprus