MOOC: Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace


MOOC on Environmental Security & Sustaining Peace

Conflicts over natural resources and the environment are among the greatest challenges in 21st-century geopolitics.  These conflicts present serious threats to human security. Natural resources and the environment can nonetheless serve as a vehicle for peace if managed in a sustainable and equitable manner.

Environmental peacebuilding has emerged as a new frontier in interdisciplinary studies. It offers a conceptual and operational framework to understand the positive peacebuilding potential of natural resources across the conflict lifecycle while mitigating potential risks.

About this course

This free self-paced online course on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace provides an in-depth introduction to the multiple roles that natural resources and the environment play in the onset, escalation, and resolution of, and recovery from, violent conflicts.

The course starts on September 23, 2019.

Course materials each week include pre-recorded lectures, readings, discussion questions, quizzes, and a final assignment. In addition, live webinars are offered throughout the course so that you can ask questions directly to instructors. The course is in English, and also features video transcripts in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese.

  • Time commitment: Approx. 2-4 hours per week
  • Cost: Free
  • Requirements: An internet connection
  • Certificates: Students who successfully complete the course will receive a digital certificate of proficiency