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New name, revised programs at School of Humanitarian Studies

A new identity for the school

Last year, Royal Roads changed the name of the School of Peace and Conflict Management to the School of Humanitarian Studies.

The name change captures the trans-disciplinary nature of our student and faculty work, and better recognizes the scope of programing offered by the school. Our faculty and alumni contribute to making a difference in the world by addressing some of the complex problems we face as a society.

The breadth of this work includes diverse projects in both domestic and international contexts, such as educational opportunities for women in Afghanistan, the experience of children and youth in disaster contexts in Canada and the US, competencies for peace professionals in Canada, and homelessness in Canada’s north.

Revised programs launch

We have also revised the learning outcomes of our undergraduate and graduate programs. There are now five common learning outcome domains, which are critical thinking, communication, research, knowledge, and professional skills and practice. The learning outcomes for the first three domains are now the same across all of the programs in the school.

As part our commitment to academic excellence, Royal Roads conducts external reviews of our programs every five years. As part this review process, the school used the opportunity to examine ways to harmonize the delivery of its graduate programs.

The admission criteria and program structure for the Conflict Analysis and Management, Disaster and Emergency Management, and Human Security and Peacebuilding graduate programs were standardized and learning outcomes for each program were revised. These changes incorporate feedback from students, graduates and faculty and also take into account the needs of the labour market.  

There are also more study options for graduate students. Students may choose from three different pathways for the last third of their program of studies. These options include a thesis or course-based track. The latter has an option for a six-credit internship, which can be undertaken in Canada or abroad.

Additionally, the start dates of all three graduate programs are now aligned. A new online foundation course will help prepare graduate students from diverse educational and professional backgrounds for their program of study.

And in response to student demand, the Justice Studies program reintroduced its one-year accelerated third and fourth year undergraduate program last fall. Enrolment for both the blended and accelerated intakes have continued to surpass expectations, demonstrating both the need for and recognition of our unique brand of justice studies programing.

Jean Slick,
Director, School of Humanitarian Studies,
Royal Roads University

School of Humanitarian Studies