War, Violence and a Culture of Peace

Many believe that war and violence can not be abolished, but there is growing scientific evidence that they are cultural an not essential to the human condition. This course follows the debate from an historical perspective and looks at emerging trends that offer the hope of peace and tools for building it.


Target Population:

Meant for all those who wish to work for peace and an end to violence.


Performance Goal:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to argue in favor of peace as a human need and possibility, and to support several current trends that point to the prospect of achieving it.


Learning Objectives:

In order to achieve this goal, during the course students will learn to:

1. Interpret the apparent prevalence of violence and war in the light of an historical framework at once coherent and evolving, realistic and hopeful.

2. Deepen in the failings of the current ‘national security system’ and develop a vision of possible alternatives.

3. Critically review the theories and beliefs that violence is inherent to human nature and war is ineradicable, and replace them with a better grounded conceptual framework.

4. Explain several historical ‘referents’ and contemporary benchmarks that exemplify the application of this new conceptual framework in practice.



1. Two-hour introductory speeches

2. 40-hour participatory workshops

3. Two-month online courses

4. Full college/graduate level courses