Peace Education; Theory and Practice

3 credits / 9 weeks weeks
14 Sep 2020 - 13 Nov 2020

Professor Heather Kertyzia

This course will explore the content, values and pedagogy of peace education as it is theorized and practiced internationally.  Using a Freirean pedagogical perspective, participants will apply the framework of education about, for and by peace to develop a clearer understanding of how peace education might be effectively implemented in their context.  The discussion will include both the formal and informal education sectors, with a focus on the ability of education systems to promote either a culture of peace or a culture of violence. Participants will review research from the field to develop an understanding of the difficulties of evaluating peace education programs, and how those challenges can be faced.  Course activities will focus on building an effective online learning community where participants learn from each other and challenge their own perspectives through in-depth dialogue and inquiry.   

Heather Kertyzia

Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator of Peace Education Programme, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies
Dr. Heather Kertyzia is Associate Professor of the Peace and Conflict Studies department at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. Her teaching focus lies within the Peace Education and Gender and Peacebuilding programmes. Dr. Kertyzia's research uses participatory methods to better understand and improve practices of peace education, primarily at the secondary and university levels. She has engaged in these processes in several countries, working in partnership with faculty and teachers to collectively develop more peaceful educational cultures. Dr. Kertyzia writes from an intersectional feminist perspective and draws on post-development theories. As a former secondary school teacher, she understands the importance of the local community in building more socially, economically and environmentally just educational spaces. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Kertyzia has worked with communities throughout the Americas, with a recent focus on partnering with local grassroots organizations in Los Angeles, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. She has taught at universities in New Zealand, Colombia, the United States and Costa Rica in peace studies, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, teacher education, human rights and international law programmes.

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