Certificate in Global Conflict Studies

While past generations witnessed world wars and other great power struggles, global conflict has evolved to include violent extremism, large-scale displacement, and failed nations. Future leaders must also adapt their concepts and empirical approaches in order to understand the new nature of conflict when proposing solutions for the future.

By focusing on comparative development, political economy, and applied methodology, the Global Conflict Studies Certificate is designed to prepare students for careers in government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, or multinational corporations.

Students who complete this certificate will be able to:

  • Develop the ability to discern what makes empirical evidence compelling related to conflict study.
  • Assess key arguments advanced in the arena of conflict and consider, through an evidence-based lens, the relationship of conflict to factors such as economic opportunity, natural resources, foreign aid, military technology, ethnic divisions and identity, etc.
  • Understand the intersection between state-level societal incentives and global governance structures.

The certificate’s curated list of electives is designed to allow students to explore multiple academic approaches to understanding conflict, including from anthropology, economics, political science, and psychology and to become familiar with policy fields related to conflict, including governance, energy and environment, human rights, economic development and more.  In addition, we encourage students pursuing the certificate to participate in events sponsored by The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts.

Application Process

The certificate is open to any University of Chicago graduate student. Harris students please contact your academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue this certificate. If you are a non-Harris student and intend to complete the requirements for the Global Conflict certificate please submit the Harris Certificate Application for Non-Harris Students to indicate you are pursuing this certificate.

Planning for the Certificate 

For information on which quarter(s) each course will be offered see the Harris Courses page and filter by certificate. For courses offered by other divisions the typical quarter(s) offered has been indicated.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate requires completion of three certificate courses. No certificate course may be taken on a pass/fail basis. The courses do not need to be taken in a particular order. Students should contact their advisor to indicate their intention to pursue the certificate.

There is no application process for the Certificate. Students should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue the certificate. The certificate is open to any graduate student at the University of Chicago. No course can be taken pass/fail. Completion of a course cross-listed with the Certificate in International Development may be counted toward both certificates.

Courses

The certificate will be awarded to students who complete any three of the following courses:

PPHA 38740 Conflict: Root Causes, Consequences, and Solutions for the Future

PLSC 48700 Crime, Conflict, and the State

PPHA 60000 Global Conflict Policy Lab

SSAD 47812 Human Rights Policy and Practice

PPHA 32750 Hydropolitics: Water Policy and Conflict

LAWS 43262 International Human Rights

PPHA 38790 Introduction to Peacebuilding

PPHA 33510 Nuclear Policy

PPHA 32740 Order and Violence

PLSC 48401 Quantitative Security

PPHA 38750 Refugees, Security and Forced Migration (not offered in 2019-2020)

SSAD 46922 Structuring Refuge: U.S. Refugee Policy and Resettlement Practice

PPHA 35245 Violence in the Early Years (not offered in 2019-2020)

PPHA 44550 Weak States and International Relations

The following courses are eligible for the Global Conflict Studies Certificate only if taken in the 2018-2019 academic year. 

  • PPHA 32735 African Development
  • PPHA 39750 Politics and Public Policy in Latin America

Certificate in International Policy and Development

The IPD Certificate focuses on two broad kinds of questions:

  1. How to achieve economic and political development? These courses focus on why some people and societies  are poor, unequal, unstable, or unfree, and what circumstances and policies promote wealth, equality, stability, and freedoms.
  2. How to design and implement public policy globally? The courses focus on public policy issues in an international setting across a range of subjects, including: education, health, children, criminal justice, public finance, labor markets, elections, and so forth.

The IPD Certificate is designed to prepare students for careers in government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, or multinational corporations.

Students who complete this certificate will be able to:

  • Assess key arguments advanced historically and currently in the arena of development.
  • Understand whether and why an intervention is successful or not, whether an intervention is scalable and how to meaningfully measure outcomes.
  • Seek data-driven solutions to development issues across multiple sectors, including economy, education, governance, energy, security, gender, health, and the environment.

The certificate’s curated list of electives is designed to allow students to explore multiple academic approaches to understanding development, including from economics, political science, statistics, and psychology.  In addition, we encourage students pursuing the certificate to participate in events sponsored by The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and by the Harris Public Policy Master of Arts in International Development and Policy (MAIDP) Program.

Application Process

The certificate is open to any University of Chicago graduate student. Harris students please contact your academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue this certificate. If you are a non-Harris student and intend to complete the requirements for the International Policy and Development certificate please submit the Harris Certificate Application for Non-Harris Students to indicate you are pursuing this certificate. 

Planning for the Certificate

For information on which quarter(s) each course will be offered see the Harris Courses page and filter by certificate. For courses offered by other divisions the typical quarter(s) offered has been indicated.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate requires completion of three certificate courses. Students must achieve at least a B- grade in each course, and there is no pass/fail option. The courses do not need to be taken in a particular order. Students should contact their advisor to indicate their intention to pursue the certificate.

Courses

The certificate will be awarded to students who complete any three of the following courses:

PPHA 32735 African Development

PPHA 35560 Conflict and Humanitarian Intervention: Blurring Humanitarian, Development, and Security Policy (tentative for 2019-2020)

PPHA 35580 Doing Business in Africa (not offered in 2019-2020)

PPHA 35550 Economic Development and Policy

PPHA 57300 Economic Development and Policy – MAIDP

PPHA 35240 Education in Developing Contexts (not offered in 2019-2020)

PPHA 36922 Energy in the Developing World

PPHA 45700 Environment and Development

SSAD 62912 Global Development and Social Welfare

PPHA 35590 Global Governance (tentative for 2019-2020)

SSAD 47812 Human Rights Policy and Practice

PPHA 35565 Infrastructure and Development (tentative for 2019-2020)

PPHA 60000 International Development Policy Lab

PPHA 39930 International Climate Policy

LAWS 43262 International Human Rights

SSAD 63301/63302 International Perspectives on Social Policy and Social Work Practice

LAWS 43232/01 Law and Economic Development

PPHA 32740 Order and Violence

PPHA 35555 Political Development and Policy

PPHA 30810 Political Economy of Natural Resources

PPHA 39750 Politics and Public Policy in Latin America

PPHA 35501 Poverty and Economic Development  (not offered in 2019-2020)

SSAD 63800 Program Evaluation in International Settings 

PPHA 35570 Translating Evidence for Policy and Program Design (not offered in 2019-2020)

PPHA 44550 Weak States and International Relations

PPHA 47400 Women, Development and Politics

The following courses are eligible for the International Policy and Development Certificate only if taken in the 2018-2019 academic year. 

  • PPHA 38740 Conflict: Root Causes, Consequences, and Solutions for the Future
  • PPHA 600000-3 Global Conflict Policy Lab
  • PPHA 32750 Hydropolitics: Water Policy and Conflict
  • PPHA 38790 Introduction to Peacebuilding
  • PPHA 38750 Refugees, Security and Forced Migration