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Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development

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Certificate

Code
C67
Level
Postgraduate
Made up of
60 credits

Description

This postgraduate certificate is for people whose work involves interventions in civil wars or post-war peace support operations: for example, people working in, humanitarian or development organisations or in military agencies. It is also of value for people with a professional and/or personal interest in development more generally, and who see the benefits of learning from ‘extreme’ cases, such as processes related to civil war. It explores the nature of development from an international perspective, presents a framework for looking at the origins of conflict in general and civil war in particular, and provides an introduction to the theory, policy and practice of intervention.  

This postgraduate certificate responds to the needs and interests of professionals involved in interventions in conflict situations and for people interested in learning from such interventions. 

It offers:

  • a wide-ranging exploration of the contexts in which development takes place
  • a critical review of development management as a discipline
  • an analysis of the complex ways in which conflict is generated
  • an appreciation of the range of skills that contribute to the making of good interventions in conflict situations.

The certificate, like all our qualifications, encourages you to make connections between your learning and your own involvement in development.

The certificate is part of our development management programme, which also offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management (C48), Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management (C96), Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37) and MSc in Development Management (F11). This 60-credit postgraduate certificate course is available as recognition of postgraduate study for those who, for whatever reason, do not want to continue to the diploma or MSc.

You can find additional information about postgraduate development management studies on the Development Policy and Practice website.

Planning your studies

You should normally hold a bachelors degree from a UK university (or equivalent), or have experience in this field. If you are a non-graduate we suggest that you ask our Student Registration & Enquiry Service for advice before registering on your first module.

The certificate is made up of two, 30-credit modules that each requires 12 to 15 study hours per week for six months. Because of the demands this study will make on you, we recommend that you study only one module at a time, and that you study Development: context and practice (T877) first, particularly if you are new to this subject.

You will also need an appropriate facility in English language, sufficient to be able to work effectively at postgraduate level; generally this means capability equivalent to an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5. To assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies you can visit the IELTS website. If you are unsure whether your skill level in English is adequate you may find it helpful to look at our Skills for OU Study site.

There is no time limit for completing the qualifications in the development management programme, though we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available.

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 20 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

Career relevance and employability

This qualification extends the competences of practitioners working in complex emergencies (in the form of civil war), who are required to fashion interventions that at worst ‘do no harm’, at best contribute to a just and lasting peace. It nurtures an awareness of the discipline, integrity and sensitivity required in such interventions. The modules which make up this certificate offer an historical and interdisciplinary approach for understanding the roots of conflict and a set of skills to do with forming good judgments, making good decisions, building good relationships, negotiating good agreements. The certificate thus offers lessons for managers working not just in conflict situations but in complex, contested contexts more generally.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Modules

For this postgraduate certificate you require:

60 credits from the following compulsory modules:

Postgraduate compulsory modules Credits Next start
Development: context and practice (T877)

This module provides a conceptual framework for analysing the complex, contested contexts in which development takes place, and a critical analysis of development management practice.

See full description.

30 May 2014
War, intervention and development (TU875)

This module explores the causes of conflict, focusing on civil war, and examines ways and means of developing effective interventions in conflict and post-conflict situations.

See full description.

30 May 2014
or
Conflict and development (T879) NEW from May 2015

Combining theoretical concepts with practical tools, this module explores the causes of conflict, the impact conflicts have on development, and actions that can help mitigate conflicts.

See full description.

30 May 2015

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules TU871, TUXX871, TUXX875

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.

Credit for previous study elsewhere

If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of OU modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us.

Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development entitling you to use the letters PG Cert Conf Dev (Open) after your name.

You can continue your studies and add 60 credits to your postgraduate certificate to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37) and a further 60 credits to obtain an MSc in Development Management (F11).

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:

These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.

How to register

If you want to study for this qualification, read the description and check you meet any specific requirements (for example, some of our qualifications, require you to be working in a particular environment, or be sponsored by your employer). Then select the module you wish to study first and ensure it is suitable for you before following the registration procedure for that module. During the registration procedure you will be asked to declare which qualification you are studying towards.

See a full list of modules available for this qualification