E-Learning Program in Cultural Diplomacy & Conflict Zone Mediation

Specialization on Governments & NGOs (including all aspects of the work of Governments and NGOs at the national and international level)

Program Overview

Program Overview

Specialization on Governments & NGOs (including all aspects of the work of Governments and NGOs at the national and international level)

The program focuses on the influence that Cultural Diplomacy can have in peace building and conflict zone mediation. Cultural exchange can play a pivotal role in the process of reconciliation, during both the conflict itself and the post-conflict situation. Students on the program will learn the necessary skills to help facilitate dialogue in both settings.

Particular emphasis will be given to the period prior to the peace-building process, when groups are still experiencing conflict and mediation of these zones via diplomacy and discourse is of pivotal importance. Students of the program will gain an understanding of the importance that Cultural Diplomacy plays in this discourse as well as the unique practice of Cultural Diplomacy in conflict zones.

Structure & Methodology

The program is 8 weeks long in duration, consisting of video lectures alongside weekly readings and are all taught in English. Throughout their studies, students will have daily access to the CCDS faculty and will be provided with close guidance. Telephone conversations will be arranged with a faculty advisor throughout the duration of the program, in order to offer advice and guidance to students. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be required to write a 10 page final paper, which needs to be completed within 3 months, and upon which the course grade will be based. However, extensions for all deadlines are possible in order to maintain flexibility with students' professional or other obligations meaning that students can pace themselves according to their preferences. 


The program is includes a total of 5 courses. Three of the courses are mandatory (consistent with all of the E-Learning programs) and 4 courses are elective and can be chosen from a selection of 7 additional courses, which are specifically designed for the thematic focus of the program.

The list below includes a list of mandatory and elective courses for program:

Mandatory Courses

Students of the program must take all courses listed below:
  • A1 - The History and Development of Cultural Diplomacy
  • A2 - Case Studies in Cultural Diplomacy
  • A3 - Future Trends & Applied Cultural Diplomacy

Elective Courses

Below you will find a list of the elective courses for the Program; 7 courses are offered. Students need to choose 4 courses; however students are welcome to take all 7 courses if they wish.

The list of elective courses for each of the programs is as follows:
  • Cultural Diplomacy, Conflict Zone Mediation & Peace-Building
  • Economic Bridges as a Tool for Peace-building, Sustainable Development, and Stability
  • Cultural Diplomacy, The UN Organs and Conflict Zone Mediation
  • Cultural Diplomacy, Human Rights and International Law
  • Interfaith Dialogue as Tool for Peace-building, Sustainable Development, and Stability
  • The Role of the Global Media in Supporting Conflict Zone Mediation and Peace-Building
  • Cultural Diplomacy, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Peace Building