The purpose of this module is to create a dialogic platform through which both international and UCC students can examine conflict themes and their influence on school life and education. The aim is to develop new didactic methods and teaching materials by combining practice experience with relevant theoretical approaches to dialogue and conflict management in schools.
The module encompasses the following subject areas:
- Why do conflicts occur? Psychological perspectives and aspects of conflict theory
- Exploration of different concepts of culture and exercises in changing of perspective – awareness of the blind spot of observation
- Conflict management in an international perspective – both minor conflicts stemming from a lack of intercultural competence (prejudices, preconceptions etc.) and major conflicts that create tension between population groups. How should one deal with these conflicts in a school setting? What approaches to teaching and cooperation may support dialogue, reconciliation and mutual respect?
- The role of the school in society in relation to both escalation and resolution of conflicts. The school as a national cultural institution – bearer and bestower of culture – schools owning the defining rights
- Dialogue on religion, tolerance and diversity training
- Citizenship education – democratic education and human rights in practice
- Conflict management – reconciliation – how? Cases from, for example, South Africa and Northern Ireland
This module includes an intensive week-long course on conflict management and dialogue on religion in a school perspective. Relevant international agents will participate as guest lecturers.
The module is offered at Campus Carlsberg in both autumn and spring semester.