Conceptual base for living and building peace

The conceptual base area for living and building peace involves the basic theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for coherently get involved in the action-based areas of living and building peace.

It is necessary for the learner to acquire a theoretical base on the theme in order to be able to connect it with the reality and its context and subse- quently be able to develop practical skills, as well as apply the theory in practice – thus to use it when living and building peace at individual, societal and global levels.

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This competence focuses on the importance of understanding the linked reliance between the dimensions of peace, the actors, the processes and the contexts. While focusing on this competence, the learner develops its understanding of the existing interde- pendent relations and how affecting one can trigger both beneficial or perjudicial changes on the other dimensions.

Enables the learner to..

  • Define the interdependence between peace at different levels – inner, socio-political and ecological. 
  • Explore concepts and theories explaining peace at different levels
    Identify existing interdependencies and how they affect the individual, the society and the ecosystem
  • Connect the well-being of the individual with the well-being of other living beings and the ecosystem
  • Consider the importance of desirable interdependencies for living and building peace
  • Identify the challenges and supporting factors for the establishment and maintenance of desirable interdependencies

This competence refers to the concepts and different aspects of peace and conflict. While focusing on this competence, the learner develops its knowledge and understanding of the complexity of conflicts and peace, overcoming simplified approaches.

Enables the learner to…

  • Define the concepts of peace and conflict
  • Examine important concepts and theories explaining peace and conflict
  • Explore the concept of culture of peace, its characteristics and recognize its importance
  • Discuss different theories, strategies, styles and approaches to dealing with conflict
  • Recognize the importance of nonviolence in well-being of an individual, society and the ecosystem

This competence refers to the main aspects of participation, its different dimensions and the mechanisms to be actively involved. When focusing on this compe- tence, the learner should acknowledge its own role, rights and responsibilities in participatory processes.

Enables the learner to…

  • Explain theories and concepts of participation at political, social, economic, cultural and environ- mental level
  • Recognize how engagement through participatory processes can contribute to living and building peace
  • Identify why some forms of participation are positive and others harmful for the individual, the society and the ecosystem
  • Consider the responsibility to participate in these processes and its significance
  • Assess the risks of non-participation
  • Explore the challenges and supporting factors for participation at different levels