Courses

CAMN502: Foundation: Understanding Conflict, Change and Systems in Organizational Contexts

Provides a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to understanding conflict analysis and management as a field of study and practice. Focuses on engaging with conflict, change, and systems specifically related to organizational contexts
Credits: 3.0

CAMN503: Professional Skills: Dealing with Conflict

Links theory with professional practice. Develops professional skills for dealing with conflict in and among groups and teams in a safe learning environment. Analyzes the different characteristics of interpersonal, intra-group and intergroup conflicts and how this informs professional practice. Pre-requisite: CAMN502
Credits: 3.0

CAMN504: Reflective Practice: Leading Change in Organizational Settings

Focuses on reflective practice, professional conduct, and leadership skills for the conflict management practitioner. Applies a systems approach to conflict and change management. Develops competencies for tapping into the creative potential of conflict towards the goal of productive organizational change. Pre-requisite: CAMN502
Credits: 3.0

CAMN552: Structures: Legal Frameworks and Conflict Engagement

Provides an introduction to legal systems and quasi-legal processes used in conflict resolution, including courts, arbitration and restorative justice. Advances skills of legal analysis, case analysis and problem-solving. Critically examines the role of law in shaping relationships between individuals and groups as well as between the state and society.
Credits: 3.0

CAMN553: Processes: Designing Conflict Management Practice

Examines conflict-management process design in organizational contexts, including impact assessment. Advances interpersonal communication and intercultural competencies. Explores the use of technology as a process tool. Pre-requisite: CAMN502
Credits: 3.0

CAMN601: Solutions: Capacity Building and Overcoming Conflict in Organizational Settings

Using real cases, explores how to bring about solutions for dealing with conflict and change in organizational settings. Appraises options for capacity-building, third party interventions, and alternative dispute-resolution mechanisms with attention to culture, context, as well as personal strengths. Identifies relevant options for addressing, preventing, mitigating, resolving, and transforming conflict in organizational settings. Prerequisites: Completion of all required CAM courses.
Credits: 3.0

CAMN602: Advanced Skills: Problem-solving and Conflict Transformation

Further develops advanced problem-solving and conflict-transformation skills. Considers self in relation to conflict and professional self-care. Examines ethical considerations of practice. Develops competencies in designing conflict-management processes, and adapting processes to the needs of stakeholders to address conflict and change in organizational settings. Co-requisites: CAMN601. Prerequisites: All CAMN courses leading up to CAMN 602 (unless approved by CAM Program Head): CAMN 502, 503, 504, 552, 553, and HUMS.
Credits: 3.0

HUMS551: Foundations of Research

Provides an introduction to the foundations of research and to the concepts and procedures of qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Covers strategies for critically assessing published empirical research and discusses the roles of epistemological and ontological assumptions in the application of paradigms of knowledge. Reviews issues concerning ethics in research and the function of social values in the process of knowledge construction. Examines core research methodologies and methods used in professional practice. Pre-requisites: CAMN502, DEMN502 or HSPB500.
Credits: 3.0

HUMS611: Intercultural Competence

Examines core concepts and theories on culture and cultural competence. Engages students in application of theoretical frameworks in professional and personal settings. Provides students with an opportunity to critically examine their own socio-cultural locations to raise intercultural awareness, assist in intercultural mindset development, and facilitate intercultural competence development. Enables students to apply an intercultural analysis to complex situations involving stakeholders of different cultural backgrounds. Pre-requisites: DEMN502, CAMN502 or HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS630: Advanced Research Methods

Provides students with an advanced examination of qualitative and quantitative research methodology, strategies, data gathering techniques, and data analysis. Covers research design, common methodologies, ethics, data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of research results. Prerequisites: HUMS551
Credits: 3.0

HUMS641: Foundations of Policy and Practice in Humanitarian Action

Analyzes the moral, ethical and legal basis for humanitarian action. Examines the history of humanitarian policy and practice, and considers its future trajectory in domestic and international contexts. Analyzes humanitarian actors and associated funding, coordination and accountability mechanisms and their influence on humanitarian practice. Examines principles of humanitarian action and efforts to professionalize humanitarian practice. Investigates the fundamentals of effective humanitarian action, including the modalities and the inter-relationship of assistance and protection. Prerequisites: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS642: Psychosocial Interventions: Managing Stress, Trauma, and Loss

Examines the psychology and behaviour of survivors, responders and leaders in situations of conflict, crisis, and disaster. Analyzes theory and evidence-informed practices that promote individual and collective resilience and recovery. Explores stress, trauma, grief and coping. Analyzes interventions that address the psychosocial needs of individuals and communities. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS643: Ethno-political Conflicts in the Canadian Context

Addresses the nature of and approaches to response to, community conflicts in the Canadian context, with a specific focus on ethno-political forms of conflict. Compares the manifestation of ethno-political conflict in international and domestic contexts. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS644: Internship

An experiential education experience (internship) which guides student in applying theoretical knowledge and professional skills in a supervised, professional, domestic or international context relevant to their program of study. Requires a minimum of 420 contact hours at the host organisation, normally completed over a period of 3 to 5 months. Brings classroom learning, theoretical concepts and academic literature together with practical learning, insights from the field of practice and application of skills. Pre-requisites. One of: CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500 (SHS foundations courses)
Credits: 6.0

HUMS651: Case Studies in Humanitarian Action: Advanced Policy and Practice

Examines special topics in humanitarian policy and practice through comparative case study and discussion with experts in the field. Topics may vary from year to year, and will draw from current and anticipated issues of concern in a range of humanitarian contexts. Focuses on the connections between humanitarian principles and operations and their longer term development and sustainability consequences, placing particular emphasis on extracting lessons learned from recent cases. Examples may include protracted conflicts, political dimensions of humanitarian funding and action, population movements, homelessness, transition from the humanitarian stage to the development phase, and the efficacy of cross-cutting programming initiatives (e.g., gender, vulnerability). Co-requisite: Non (HUM 641 is recommended)
Credits: 3.0

HUMS652: Planning for Resilience in 21st Century Environments

Examines leadership theory, research, and practices that support adaptive planning, addressing concerns related to ill-structured and complex problems, and working in a range of threat environments (e.g., terrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, cascading disasters, and complex emergencies). Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS653: Environmental and Resource-Based Conflict Management

Explores the nature and impacts of conflicts related to environmental and resource management issues in domestic and international contexts. Examines diversity of perspectives and mandates of stakeholders associated with these types of conflicts, and explores strategies for engaging with these issues to support sustainable development and protect basic human rights.
Credits: 3.0

HUMS661: Risk and Crisis Communication

Examines communication needs associated with contexts of heightened concern (e.g., crisis, conflict, disasters). Analyzes theories about perception of risk. Explores theories, principles and practices of risk and crisis communication that support individuals, organizations and communities making effective risk/benefit decisions, managing fear and uncertainty, and responding to crisis. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS662: Professional Practice in Conflict and Change Management

Develops core skills for professionals working in conflict and change management contexts: reflective practice, use of self, skills, process, and context of application. Examines design and implementation of sustainable and integrative changes at organisational and community levels, as well as in complex multi-stakeholder environments. Builds professional competencies for dealing with resistance and generating buy-in and ownership in change processes. (Blended course with a one week residency) Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS691: Short Paper

Culminates the course-based master’s track program of studies by having students select, critique, synthesize and apply findings from the research literature to a personally relevant professional practice problem. Short-paper assignments are restricted to publicly available data and literature. Pre-requisite: Completion of all Required courses and all Electives
Credits: 3.0

HUMS695: Thesis

To analyze existing research, collate or collect data, and apply it in the context of an existing problem. Thesis identifies a problem, states the hypothesis or research question, identifies major assumptions, explains the significance of the undertaking, sets forth the sources for and methods of gathering information, analyzes the data, and offers a conclusion or recommendation based on the data and theoretical framing. Appropriate standards of validity and reliability must be evident in tool development and data collection. Finished thesis evidences critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, and thorough documentation. Requires at least 400 hours of effort. Pre-requisites: All first year courses in the CAM, DEM or HSPB programs (21 credits) and HUMS 630 Advanced Research Methods. Students must apply for the permission to pursue a thesis and be approved before being registered in the Thesis course.
Credits: 12.0

PJMN501: Managing Complex Projects

Project managers use specific proven techniques and strategies for achieving outstanding results. Several models have evolved to provide contextual frameworks for integrating projects within an organization’s strategic goals. This course includes and examines the benefits realization approach and the SMART (strategically managed, aligned, regenerative and transitional) model.
Credits: 3.0