Race, Ethnicity, Conflict Courses

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What is Race, Ethnicity and Conflict?

Racial Conflict is defined as a situation in which a misunderstanding or targeted harassment or discrimination co-occur with or result in actual Interpersonal altercations and/or emotional or physical distress to the targeted groups based on.

An Ethnic conflict is a conflict between two or more contending ethnic groups. The conflict is usually not about ethnic differences themselves but over political, economic, social, cultural, or territorial matters.

What 3rd level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict in the following subject areas:

  • MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict – A study of the wide variety of sociological theories to racialization, gender, migration, ethnic conflict and peace-making. Students are taught to complete an independent research project on these issues
  • Knowledge, Skills and Behaviors for Managing Conflict – This course will equip learners with key skills and expertise on how to overcome conflict in the workplace.
  • MA in International Security and Conflict Studies – Understand the processes and driving forces at work in our ever-changing world.
  • What Is Conflict? – A course for individuals who wish to understand key challenges, develop skills for the future and learn to take the reins in a digital age and lead from the forefront.
  • Diploma in Communicating in Conflict and Crisis – The Diploma in Communicating in Conflict and Crisis course is perfect for those either working in the private or public sector who may expect to be framing messages during a crisis or emergency setting.
  • Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Resolution –This course aims to equip participants with key skills in setting up for and managing negotiations in a variety of fractious environments.
  • Diploma in Negotiation and Conflict Management – Learn how to identify negotiation opportunities, address conflicts and gain an understanding of the unique challenges that exist when individuals, groups and organizations face potential or existing conflict.

Studying Race, Ethnicity, Conflict

There are many courses in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict that may take place over a few days, weeks or even 1 year to 4 years depending on the course and modules selected. There are also part-time courses and night courses available so you can be sure to fit in your studies no matter what your schedule is like.

Courses will cover theory work through lectures, assignments, tutorials and taught modules. Assessments will take place on a continuous basis with written examinations and practical assignments combined in order to achieve a qualification. You could also consider work experience or a work shadow in the industry. The key to getting your first post in the sector is relevant previous experience. Getting relevant voluntary or paid work experience is essential during or the following study, either overseas or locally.

Relevant work experience is a good way of demonstrating a genuine interest in the field and is regarded favorably by employers. Work Experience will not only give you the opportunity to obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the industry, it will also give you a chance to do some essential networking with other industry professionals and gain valuable contacts for the future.

Career options

After completing a Race, Ethnicity and Conflict course you will be able to get started in a career that uses specific knowledge of racial and ethnic identity and patterns of race and ethnic relations across the globe.

Despite global shifts in world power, racial conflict remains one of the major problems of contemporary social life all over the world. Persistent racial and ethnic inequality in employment, housing and a wide range of other social domains still pose a problem for countries all over the world today and lead to ongoing conflict.

You may be interested in humanitarian aid work which often involves responding to emergency situations, helping those affected by conflict and war.

You may work with developing countries to set up long-term, sustainable solutions to problems such as education, sanitation, health and agriculture. You may also be involved with the development of urban and rural areas and equality in small businesses.

You could work in local government or charities to help put forward policies and make changes to legislation. There are many other roles in all industries that cover administration, research, fundraising, training, consultancy, advocacy, relief work, economist roles, medicine, engineering and planning.

Working hours will depend on whether you are self-employed, employed by a company with set business hours or if you are contracted to various businesses or companies. If you have a position within an office you will have typical office hours, in a care facility you may need to work after hours or over weekends. Overseas working hours may be long and unpredictable, particularly in emergency relief situations.

Related jobs include:

  • International aid/development worker
  • Community development worker
  • Community education officer
  • Government social research officer
  • Charity officer
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Health service manager
  • Housing manager/officer
  • Local government officer
  • Policy officer
  • Politician’s assistant
  • Social researcher
  • Chaplain
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Detective
  • Education administrator
  • Human resources officer
  • Paralegal
  • Police officer
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Youth worker

Further study

After completing a course in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict you may choose to pursue further study in a specialist field to increase your knowledge base and skill set. Postgraduate study can also be used as a means to change career focus or to gain professional qualifications required to practice in certain career areas such as economics, human rights, international development or development studies, languages, logistics, medicine, nursing and other health-related subjects, social policy, water or sanitation engineering.


What is the importance of Race, Ethnicity and Conflict?

Cultural differences and ethnic conflicts are important issues that shape international politics. Cultural affiliations and ethnic identity are particularly strong factors shaping group relations that can lead to conflict; these conflicts have led to tremendous human suffering and are a significant threat to international security.

How are ethnic groups classified?

Membership of an ethnic group tends to be defined by a shared cultural heritage, ancestry, origin myth, history, homeland, language or dialect, symbolic systems such as religion, mythology and ritual, cuisine, dressing style, art, or physical appearance.

Where can I study Race, Ethnicity and Conflict?

Explore your options here

 Did You Know?

  • Since the 1960s, the Congolese have endured over two decades of armed conflict with over 5.4 million people dead due to war-related causes, making it the deadliest conflict since World War II.
  • The longest was the so-called 100-years war between Britain and France. It actually lasted 116 years, ending in 1453.
  • Since 1495, there has never been a 25-year period without war in the world.
  • The first recorded revolution took place at around 2800 BC when people from the Sumerian city of Lagash overthrew bureaucrats who were lining their own pockets but kept raising taxes.
  • One out of every two casualties of war is a civilian caught in the crossfire.

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