Master’s Degree Programme in Community Development, Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

The Master’s degree programme in Community Development, Human Rights and Conflict Resolution is a joint programme offered by Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Finland), the University of Iringa (Tanzania), and Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (Tanzania).

This degree programme prepares graduates for professional positions in the field of community development. The studies are provided in the form of blended learning. The programme includes a two-week intensive learning period in Tanzania.

The programme is designed to provide advanced studies at the graduate level for Finnish, Tanzanian and international students. The programme combines theoretical and practical approaches.

Students become acquainted with essential theories, research and methodology, while also learning how to apply theory in practice.

The international and multi-professional community development skills developed during the programme promote innovation in domestic and international contexts.

The programme provides training to promote community development in conjunction with human rights and conflict resolution in the global context.

Human rights are regarded as essential in sustainable community development. In addition, conflict resolution and mediation are seen as necessary tools for building sustainable solutions in community development practices.

Studies focus on sustainable community development, in which social, economic and environmental perspectives are covered.


Eligibility

Applicants with a suitable bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant work experience gained after the completion of that bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply.


Eligibility criteria

Candidates who have a suitable bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields can apply:

  • social services
  • social work
  • diocesan social work
  • youth work
  • nursing
  • public health nursing
  • community pedagogy
  • community work

Applicants also need to have at least three years of relevant work experience gained after the completion of their university degree (bachelor’s degree). Relevant work experience obtained after completion of a post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma in Finland (opisto- tai ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto, in any field of education) but prior to taking the higher education degree is also accepted.


Curriculum

See the curriculum of the programme.


Timetable and contact days for 2018

The programme is based on studying online between the contact days.

Contact days take place in Diak, Helsinki for Diak’s students except for the intensive course, which takes place in Tanzania. The intensive course is financially supported by Diak.

Spring 2018

  • 15 and 16 January, 2018 Contact days and tutoring
  • 5 and 6 February, 2018 Contact days and tutoring
  • 5 and 6 March, 2018 Contact days and tutoring
  • 26 and 27 March, 2018 Contact days and tutoring
  • 16 and 17 April, 2018 Contact days and tutoring
  • 24 and 25 May, 2018 Contact days and tutoring

Autumn 2018

  • 20 August, 2018 Contact day and tutoring
  • 7 September, 2018 Contact day and tutoring
  • 21 September, 2018 Contact day and tutoring
  • 8 October, 2018 Contact day and tutoring
  • 22 October, 2018 Contact day and tutoring