Master of Arts (MA) in
Peace & Justice

TRACK TWO:

PEACEBUILDING,
PUBLIC THEOLOGY, &
RECONCILING WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

THEOLOGICALLY INFORMED PEACEBUILDING

St. Stephen's University and IRPJ offer a unique and thoroughly enriching Master of Arts in Peace and Justice that includes accommodating online and short intensive in-person and study aboard course delivery methods to allow students to complete their program without the need to uproot their lives.

 

This program equips students to engage the hostile, divided, unjust, oppressive, and violent corners of our world using practical grassroots and community-based peacebuilding skills and training with a theological foundation in peace and justice and through a transfigured interior life and contemplative basis from which to participate with a prophetic imagination in God's unfolding subversive and upside-down kingdom.

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This track is for students who have a special interest in reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, considered within a peace and justice framework. It has the same emphases and components as Track 1, but it replaces the study abroad module in Scotland and Northern Ireland with another in-person module at St. Stephen's University on truth-telling and reconciling with Indigenous peoples.

DURATION — 2 YEARS (FULL TIME)

 

CREDIT HOURS — 42

 

DELIVERY MODEONLINE COURSES, 1-WEEK ON-CAMPUS MODULE, HYBRID COURSES AND IN-PERSON MODULE AT SSU AND CHIPUTNETICOOK CAMP, THESIS

 

EMPHASESTHEOLOGY OF PEACE & JUSTICE, CONTEMPLATIVE STUDIES, RELIGIOUS PEACEBUILDING, GRASSROOTS CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION, RECONCILIATION WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

AT A GLANCE

WHAT IS THE COURSE CONTENT AND SEQUENCING?

In the first year of study, students complete six online courses (18 c/h), and in the second year of study, students participate in a short in-person module on reconciling with Indigenous peoples at St. Stephen's University and Chiputneticook Camp (2 weeks), a short in-person peace and justice module at St. Stephen's University (1 week), a research methods course, and a thesis in the second year (24 c/h).

YEAR ONE

FALL SEMESTER

RS 5481 — The Inner Transformation of a Peacemaker

RS 5380 — Theology of Peace and Justice

RS 5180 — Peace and Violence in the New Testament

9 CREDIT HOURS

YEAR ONE

WINTER SEMESTER

IS 5583 — Practical Nonviolence and Peacebuilding

IS/RS 5882 — Religion, Peace and Conflict

RS 5182 — Peace and Violence in the Old Testament

9 CREDIT HOURS

YEAR TWO

FALL SEMESTER

SSU In-Person Reconciling with Indigenous Peoples Module, incl. three hybrid courses (October – 2 weeks)

MAPJ 6500 — Peace and Justice Research Methods

12 CREDIT HOURS

YEAR TWO

WINTER SEMESTER

SSU In-Person Peace and Justice Module (March – 1 week)

MAPJ 6800 —Thesis (25,000 words)

12 CREDIT HOURS

WHAT ARE THE COURSE DELIVERY METHODS?

ONLINE COURSES

 

Students will complete six online courses in their first year of study. These courses explore topics related to the inner transformation of a peacemaker, theology of peace and justice, the factor of religion and peace and violence, and practical nonviolence and peacebuilding. For more on these six courses, VISIT HERE.

IN-PERSON PEACE AND JUSTICE MODULE @ ST. STEPHEN'S UNIVERSITY

 

This short 1-week intensive residency module takes place on-site at St. Stephen's University in New Brunswick, Canada. It includes seminars and workshops that are led by a team of top scholars and practitioners covering such subjects as psychology, neuroscience, and the inner transformation of a peacemaker; building peace and becoming human; compassionate reasoning; and practical skills workshops on conflict assessment and peacebuilding planning.

 

IN-PERSON RECONCILING WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MODULE @ ST. STEPHEN'S UNIVERSITY

 

In this module, students complete three hybrid courses in October in St. Stephen, NB and the Peskotomuhkati Nation’s Camp Chiputneticook. Hybrid courses combine some online engagement with an intensive in-person module providing experiential, land-based, and storytelling approaches to education. The courses for this module include 'Indigenous Sovereignty and the Colonial Legacy'; 'Wabanaki History, Worldview, Culture and Spirituality'; and 'From the TRC to Reconcili-action.' For more information on this module, VISIT HERE.

 

PEACE AND JUSTICE RESEARCH METHODS COURSE AND THESIS

 

Students will complete a course on research methods as they refine the topic of their thesis with their supervisor, and complete a 25,000-word thesis on a topic related to the subjects of the degree program and that adequately prepares students for their vocation as peacemakers. It is expected that students in this track will complete a thesis on a topic related to indigenous truth and reconciliation.

EXPLORE OTHER TRACKS.

St. Stephen's University also offers two other tracks of the Master of Arts in Peace & Justice. Click below to learn more.

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