Conflict Management and Transformation

Single Mid-Year Programme | 3 USA Credits / 6 ECTS Credits


This module will provide the students with an understanding of the processes and complexities of negotiations as tools for conflict management and transformation. The focus in the module will be on the negotiations that ended the apartheid system in South Africa through a series of talks between 1990 and 1994. Many consider the transition from apartheid to democracy to be a "miracle." Through readings, documentaries, class discussions, guest lectures and visits to museum, we will unpack the process to understand the strategies and approaches that led to the "miracle" and the "birth" of a new, democratic South Africa.

On Rocks

The value of the programme is enhanced by practical visits and field trips to places of interest that complement the programme. It also includes a longer overnight field trip to a rural area where students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the history and local culture with knowledgeable hosts.

Lectures are taught by NMMU academics and are scheduled daily from Monday - Thursday. Friday’s are reserved for self-study or programme related activities.

All lectures will be interactive, with the emphasis on discussion about the readings, documentaries and class visits. Thorough lecture preparation, prior reading and active participation will ensure an optimum learning experience.

This programme is open to students with a GPA of 2.5 (and above) who are in good standing at their home university.

The programme will enable students to:
  • Understand main conflict management approaches
  • Gain an understanding of the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa
  • Understand the complexities related to negotiations of a deep-rooted conflict
  • Become familiar with the challenges facing South Africa since 1994 and their potential impact on conflict escalation.
Recommended readings:

A list of recommended readings will be provided once applications have been accepted.

  • Visual presentation (30% of overall mark)
  • Portfolio – this will include material that provides evidence of the learning and meets the assessment criteria (60% of overall mark)
  • Attendance (10% of overall mark)

Transcripts will be issued by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for the appropriate academic credit.

Programme Cost: $3500.00

The cost of the programme includes tuition, housing, programme-sponsored excursions, selected meals and programme related transportation in South Africa.

Cost does not include application fees, some meals, airfare, personal spending money, international health insurance, or passport fees.


Applications Close:

29 April 2017

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