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Strategic Peace and Conflict Studies (SPACS) is an innovative and interdisciplinary joint master’s degree program of Collegium Civitas (CC), Warsaw, Poland, and The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
It is aimed at empowering students to:
- understand the root causes of violence and international conflicts and foundations of long lasting peace;
- develop practical skills necessary for the process of conflict transformation and positive social change;
- develop and deploy peacebuilding strategies at the policy level, the middle-level and the grassroots level.
What distinguishes this program from others is a holistic and practical approach which enables students to develop new ways of thinking about current global problems. After the completion of the program, students will be able to critically analyze current events and policy decisions, and will develop skills needed to effect change both at the community and at the high policy level.
The main goal is to transform students into well-educated and skilled peacebuilders who will be able to assess and lead positive social changes at both the grassroots level and the high-policy level. Therefore, there will be a strong emphasis on personal and professional development of students in the program, which will allow them to respond holistically to a range of challenges faced in the field.
Who enrolls in SPACS?
This program is designed for those who do not want to just observe the world events but who want to take actions that transform societies hit by conflict and different types of violence into societies enjoying high level of positive peace. Those who want to be the leaders of tomorrow are those who enroll in SPACS. The program encourages both current university students (and recent graduates) of such programs as international relations, sociology, psychology, security, art and others, as well as professionals, who want to take their career to the next level, to apply.
- First such program in Poland, and one of very few in Europe;
- Developed and taught by practitioners and outstanding academics from Collegium Civitas and UNITAR;
Run with the cooperation with peace-related institutions;
- Practice-oriented with a strong focus on reflective practice, and personal and professional development;
- With opportunities to meet and network with peacebuilders from around the world – meetings, guest lectures and workshops are part of the journey;
- Taught entirely in English with the use of innovative tools and methods.
Why Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Poland?
- Poland is the birthplace of “Solidarity”, and a bridge between the West and the East – it is a border country of the EU and NATO;
- Warsaw is the most dynamic capital city of Central and Eastern Europe with offices of various international organizations and companies;
- Collegium Civitas is recognized both nationally and internationally because of its quality of education and excellent lecturers and is one of the most international universities in Poland. In response to Covid-19, CC has succeeded and remains prepared to teach courses online to ensure the health and safety of all staff and students.
Check out our short video about the program:
The program starts in October 2021.
For international candidates: September 3, 2021.
For Polish residents or foreigners who have been granted a residence permit to settle in Poland: September 10, 2021.
If you want to learn about the admissions process and fees, please visit:
If you want to learn more about the program itself, contact SPACS’ supervisor:
Katarzyna A. Przybyła