Seldom offered but highly influential, Peace Studies is a course that could be just what you’re looking for to help you change the world
We change the world in our own way every day. You might have shared an article on Facebook that changed an opinion or noticed that a friend needs to have a chat and bought them a coffee. You may have stopped in the high-street to sign a petition on something you care about.
Our actions, no matter how small, affect the world around us and students at the University of Bradford are learning how to make meaningful changes across the globe.
Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford is for people who want to make a difference in the world. Their students are surprisingly diverse: they are socialists, liberals, conservatives, feminists and greens.
Some are atheists and for some their religious faith is central. Some are pacifists, some will join the armed forces and some will end up in senior posts in large charities such as Oxfam. What unites them is their vision of a fairer, kinder society and a commitment to learning intellectual and practical skills to take into their future professional lives.
The Peace Studies values are simple: intellectual curiosity, dialogue, and a belief that violent conflict, hatred and destructive inequalities are not inevitable and must be confronted. The last year in global politics has shown us that we need the dreamers, the questioners, and the community builders more than ever.
There are only a few universities that offer degrees in peace studies with a focus on international development, conflict resolution and global politics. The University of Bradford however, is the leading and first institute for peace studies with its academics offering cutting edge analysis of world events, often appearing on shows like BBC News.
Paul Goodwin, from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bradford, says: “Many of the people that come to us have deeply held beliefs that they want to do something to make a difference. Peace studies enables you to do that because you learn about international relations, conflict resolution and global politics – subjects that have real relevance and application in today’s world.
“It’s quite diverse and very practical; equipping you with the knowledge needed to ensure your work has an impact on the world. It’s not just about studying the past, it’s about looking at things that are happening here and now and what can be done about them.”
What will I learn about?
Think weapons of mass destruction, the role of ISIS in the Middle East, the impact of Trump, Brexit and Putin on International Relations and global political stability– you’ll move beyond the headlines and study the reasons why such conflicts happen and how people, organisations and countries can move towards resolution.
What are the key challenges facing humanity now and into the future? What might peaceful responses to these challenges look like?
Peace studies is a highly dynamic degree covering a vast array of subjects. You’ll learn about conflicts and international development on a geographical level but you’ll also have a chance to learn, in detail, aspects that have global effects.
What's it like?
According to former University of Bradford postgraduate student Aleksandra Czech, the courses are a great mix of peace studies and development. Aleksandra, originally from Poland, moved to Bradford after seeing one of the University’s professors provide expert commentary on the BBC.
Having completed her Masters’ in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, Aleksandra now works for the global charity Hope for Justice: an organisation that aims to ‘bring an end to modern slavery by rescuing victims, restoring lives and reforming society’.
She says: “I know it’s a cliché but it makes me really proud knowing that I can make a difference.
“You’re working with trafficked people who have been caught in a horrible trade and experienced the worst possible things. Knowing that I can play a part in helping improve their lives is immensely rewarding.”
What kind of job can I get?
The Peace Studies department has students from over 50 countries studying at Bradford and they go on to work in the most diverse places: in the military, the United Nations, in NGOs both local and global, in education, journalism and government.
Employers are searching for graduates with excellent communication skills who can persuade others, work in teams and think critically about problem solving. Studying Peace Studies at the University of Bradford would give you those skills, and so much more.
Change, peace or trouble maker: a peace studies degree at Bradford can really make the difference.
For information about the University of Bradford’s peace studies courses visit http://www.bradford.ac.uk/social-sciences/peace-studies/