Online Courses and Education Materials

We are now offering two for-credit online courses and two more "self-study" courses. The for credit courses are offered through the University of Colorado's Continuing Education Program; the "self study" courses are posted here; however, we no longer have the funds to offer guidance or instruction on those courses.

The for credit courses include:

PACS 3800: Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies, offered through "Boulder Connect," the University of Colorado's online education program. 

PACS 4500: Senior Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies, offered through "Boulder Connect," the University of Colorado's online education program. 

Dealing Constructively with Intractable Conflicts (DCIC)

  • Focus: This "self-study" course is designed to help students better understand and deal with long-lasting and difficult-to-resolve conflicts (although much of the course material is also applicable to simpler, more tractable disputes). Although this course used to be offered with formal grading and a "certificate of completion," our funding which allowed us to do that has run out. We therefore are leaving the readings and assignments posted for those who are interested, but grading and certificates of completion are no longer available. For more information, please see the DCIC home page.
  • Intended Audience: DCIC was intended for college students (both advanced undergraduates and graduate students); third parties (peacebuilders, mediators, and aid and development workers); and people who are directly involved in difficult conflicts as disputants or victims, and who want to find more constructive ways of approaching their situation.
  • Credit: None: this course is for self-study only.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Requirements: This program consists of 10 units, averaging about 40 pages of online reading and 1-2 hours of online audio interviews (for which transcripts are available for people who prefer to read). For those wanting more information, several thousand pages of supplemental material and about 100 hours of online audio are also accessible in the full Beyond Intractability system. When this course was offered in a graded format, students were asked to answer a few questions at the end of each unit, generally requiring writing about 5-8 pages in response. Since instruction is no longer available for this course, those assignments are still posted for self use, but are entirely optional.

Conflict 101

  • Focus: This also is a self study course wich focuses on things everybody should know about conflict: why it occurs, how it can be beneficial, and how to manage it so that it is beneficial and not harmful. For more information, please see the Conflict 101 home page.
  • Intended Audience: Conflict 101 was intended for college students (both advanced undergraduates and graduate students), people who deal with conflict a lot in their jobs (teachers, managers, health care providers, etc.), parents who want to do a better job of dealing with their kids or spouses, or anyone who wants a better understanding of ways of dealing with conflict.
  • Credit: None--this course is for self study only.
  • Cost: Free
  • Requirements: This program consists of 10 units, averaging about 40 pages of online reading and 1-2 hours of online audio interviews (for which transcripts are available for people who prefer to read). For those wanting more information, several thousand pages of supplemental material and about 100 hours of online audio are also accessible in the full Beyond Intractability system. When this course was offered in a graded format, students were asked to answer a few questions at the end of each unit, generally requiring writing about 5-8 pages in response. Since instruction is no longer available for this course, those assignments are still posted for self use, but are entirely optional.

If you have questions about which course to choose, look at each of the syllabi to see which one seems more interesting and relevant to your needs. If you still have questions, send an email to Heidi Burgess and she will try to help you figure out which course is best for you.

* Tuition rates were accurate as of August 4, 2010. Please visit the University of Colorado Division of Continuing Education website for current rates. --> -->