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MA in Post-war Recovery Studies


Course Description

Now, more than ever, it is imperative that emergencies and recovery are managed by professionals with specialist skills in relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and peace-building. As new lessons and illustrations of effective practice emerge from today's crises, once divergent disciplines - field workers, academics, aid agencies, the military, development professionals and peace-makers - are having to learn from each other and build on their common ground to create new partnerships and increase understanding.

To fulfill these needs, this unique course at the University of York draws on the wide experience of core staff and a range of internationally renowned organisations and individuals.

Our Aims and Objectives
The overall aim is to train a multi-disciplinary body of professionals in the analytical, planning and management skills required to propose, design and execute recovery programmes and projects in societies torn apart by war. Professionals in the field will know that there are no stock answers to every situation, thus the course aims to give the analytical skills and tools required to assess situations and make more informed interventions. The course provides students with the theoretical framework within which to position themselves and their actions in the field. Training will include the ability to:

Analyse and understand the nature of conflict, the impact of war and its demands upon local, national and international actors, in order to develop appropriate solutions with special attention to local cultures and systems.

Understand the recovery process through an exploration of the dynamics of rebuilding the social, economic, psychological, political and physical frameworks of war-torn societies.

Impart international principles and ethics of conflict resolution and peace-building in relation to reconstruction and development so that professionals have standards by which to evaluate proposed actions.

Examine the professional's role and provide technical, organisational and managerial training in assessing needs, designing intervention programmes, working with communities, project monitoring and evaluation.

Provide students with general skills required to manage and administer a working team/organisation, raise funds and train the trainers.

Methods
Teaching aims to maximize the student's opportunity to reflect on their personal motivation and operational performance. Past experience has shown that the course is a valuable opportunity for harassed professionals to take time to reflect on their work and position themselves within a broader understanding of the field.

Recent experiences and case studies feed into the course which combines structured acacemic learning with practical, field-based experience. The course reflects our conviction that post-war reconstruction and development programmes should be multi-disciplinary and their positive impacts must be long term in nature. Students will participate in a programme of lectures, visits, seminars and workshops, and undertake team-work and individual research.

Our course is delivered using an interactive teaching methodology which facilitates the exchange of experience and knowledge between students and a wide range of visiting professionals and academics.

Course components are fully documented, and students receive a set of key texts and papers. By the end of the course students will have compiled their own resources for use as future reference and in-house training material.

The MA is normally taken as a one-year full-time course, but can also be taken as a part-time modular option over three years. In addition, each of the four taught modules is open to outside professionals as a short course.

Entry Requirements

2:1, relevant discipline or equivalent

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