Course Descriptions

TitleEducational Leadership for Peace and Sustainability

This course brings students to the University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica to learn about cutting-edge concepts in peace education and sustainability. UPEACE is situated on 300 hectares of protected land (with 260 hectares of rare primary forest) just 30 minutes drive from San José International Airport. It is a unique teaching and learning laboratory – the first and only university in the world devoted entirely to teaching, learning and research about how human beings can live in harmony with each other and with their environment, on the individual, community, state and global levels, and on a sustainable basis. UPEACE was created by the General Assembly of the United Nations to provide an educational framework for the largest challenge faced by humanity: to ensure a secure, peaceful and sustainable future. The course is planned to provide students with the knowledge, perspectives, and skills for teaching, leading, and intervening with a new spirit of understanding, cooperation, and sensitivity to global issues. Classroom learning will be complemented with interactive visits to organizational sites that embody the principles of peace and sustainability.

In the spirit of inquiry and innovation, this course brings together graduate students across programs in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and is designed to expand our vision and explore the possibilities for collaboration across traditional educational and therapeutic roles, disciplines and contexts. For example, we will explore affect regulation strategies, conflict resolution, indigenous healing, spiritual practices, and peace building efforts, which promote social and economic justice, non-violence, and sustainability in families, schools and communities in the U.S. and around the world.

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First NameSandy
Last NameBuczynski