What causes conflicts and what contributes to peace? How can we understand the ever-changing landscape of global crises and tensions? How do the research and study of particular religious traditions and social and political ideas and institutions, contribute to conflict-resolution, promotion of peace, religious and cultural diversity, cross-cultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation in our contemporary, increasingly interconnected world?

This program enables students to learn about the complex relationships between religious, political and cultural forces that contribute to wars and conflicts, but that are also decisive in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The program enables
students to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for understanding as well as resolving tensions and conflicts across the globe.

Key strengths of this M.A. program

This program gives students graduate-level competences for understanding world affairs and conflicts by providing them with strong foundations in international law, conflict resolution and negotiations, and political economy. It also provides students with a distinct perspective vis-à-vis international conflicts and peacebuilding by fostering an in-depth understanding of religion and religious institutions in world conflicts. The M.A. in Peace Studies program also promotes cultural diversity and enables students to understand diverse perspectives and narratives as important elements in conflict creation and conflict resolution.

Another key strength of this program is the breadth of experience, both practical and academic, of the teaching faculty.

One cannot emphasize enough the strength that our location gives to this program. Rome and the Mediterranean, with their historical significance and extraordinary importance in contemporary international affairs and conflicts, are vital for the
program which focuses on the Mediterranean basin and the religious/political forces that shape peace and wars. The proximity of other centers/areas relevant to today’s world affairs – the Middle East, North Africa, Southern/Eastern Europe – is an additional advantage to the location.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the Master’s program in Peace Studies, students will be able to:

  • Analyze how religions and religious institutions contribute to modern societies and to the attempts to overcome some of the contemporary challenges, such as religious fundamentalism, ecological/economic/humanitarian crises, immigration, and intolerance
  • Discuss the historical and contemporary involvements of religion in various forms of political culture
  • Demonstrate high-level knowledge and understanding of religious traditions relevant to Rome, Italy and the Mediterranean, and analyze culture, social and political systems that were under the significant influence of these traditions
  • Demonstrate high-level skills in inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue, negotiation, conflict resolution and crisis management.