School of Peace Studies

Contact: Jessica López
Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Location: KIPJ Room 123
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Academic Programs

Areas of Emphasis

Students may choose to emphasize their studies in one of three areas: conflict analysis and resolution, development and human security, or human rights. See below for an indication of topics relevant to each area of focus. Please note that these do not represent the names of specific courses.

Conflict Analysis and Resolution

  • Community conflict/resilience
  • Conflict assessment
  • Conflict prevention/early warnings
  • Conflict and international policy
  • Post-conflict peacebuilding
  • Ethnic and identity conflict (identity as language, race, class, gender, ethnicity, faith)
  • Faith-based traditions and peacebuilding
  • International and regional institutions
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Nonviolence, religion, communication
  • Social movements

Development and Human Security

  • Economic development and political economy
  • Post-conflict development policy
  • Sustainable development
  • Human security
  • International organizations
  • Peacebuilding
  • Humanitarian aid, civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Human capital organizational management
  • Political development and governance (institution building, rule of law)
  • Failed states/states in transition
  • Resource conflict

Human Rights

  • Human rights policy and institutions
  • Advocacy, NGOs and social movements
  • Human rights monitoring, documentation, and media work
  • Rule of law
  • Access to justice
  • Transitional justice
  • Restorative justice and reconciliation
  • Justice mechanisms (local, national and international)
  • Genocide, mass atrocities and the responsibility to protect Identity, culture and human rights
  • Public international law and international humanitarian law