The course is targeted at people working in or on conflict situations.
Participants are typically working in the following areas :

  • Field missions of international organisations such as the UN, UNDP, OSCE
  • Organisations working on the resolution of conflict in a specific region.
  • Ministries of Defence or Foreign Affairs
  • Development NGO's in conflict affected areas
  • PhD students
Please be aware that the course announced on this website regards an online learning course and does not involve any travelling. However, in order to participate, you need to have regular internet access.


Through this course, we provide tools that will help to develop critical analytical skills in order to ask relevant questions and come to a deeper understanding of conflict and its opportunities for transformation. The course exists of three modules, while the fourth and last week will serve for additional discussion and finalising the required assignments for course completion. Each week is centered around one specific aspect of conflict transformation.

Week 1 : Understanding Conflict
Week 2 : Transforming conflict structures
Week 3 : Imagining a shared future

In addition to the course text, participants can famialirise themselves with key publications in the course library, with who's who in the field of conflict transformation in the actors section, with the most important analytical tools and, finally, with key concepts in the glossary.

Specific aims of the course

Learning objectives :

  • Understand the basic terms used in conflict transformation
  • Be able to apply analytical tools discussed during the course to any conflict situation.
  • Move from the analysis of conflict to action, while integrating the need for a transformation of conflict structures.
  • Be able to give examples of how the concepts of non-violence, community organising and challenging power relationships can be helpful for transforming conflicts.
  • Recognise connectors in conflict situations 
  • Be aware of examples in which imagining a desired future has been helpful for creating a durable peace.
Wider course objectives:
  • Provide cutting edge training material on conflict transformation
  • Create an online learning community of people working in or on conflict situations.
  • Bring together theory and practice in an online dialogue space so participants can learn from each other's experience. 
  • Participants' assignments and debates feed into a database of peace resources which in return serve as new inputs for the courses. 

For whom?

This online learning course is designed for professionnels working in conflict situations and who seek to place their practical experience within a more conceptual framework of conflict transformation. Numerous participants have also been motivated to register for the course in order to broaden their view of conflict through the exchange with other professionals working on other areas and topics. Increasingly we receive applications from people interested in finding solutions in response to social tensions within Western societies around issues such as, for example, immigration, urban violence, xenophobia. We regularly receive applications from PhD. Students who like to be part of a community of practitioners.

Course requirements

Please note that all participants should:

  • be in command of the English language;
  • be able to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week (every week) on course work; 
  • have basic ICT skills and a minimum of internet access.  


€ 300,-. A limited amount of scholarships is available for participants who cannot afford the full fee. Please note that TNU does not provide full scholarships. Details regarding the scholarship application can be found on the application page.