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Certificate in Hindu Conflict Resolution

There are courses and programs at various levels of conflict resolution and peace studies at various institutions worldwide. Though these courses and programs offer useful perspectives on conflict and peace, a perspective from Hindu philosophy and practices is lacking. Hinduism, known as Sanatana Dharma, offers many enabling approaches to solve conflicts by addressing their root causes. Since the ancient period, Hindu scriptures and thinkers have pondered over conflicts and explored paths for peace. Starting from Shanti Parva of Mahabharata and Kautilya’s Arthashastra to writings of the modern Indian thinkers such as Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo, rich elements can be found in Hindu thought reflecting on conflicts and their solutions.  The certificate program will broadly cover these aspects of Hinduism. It will explore some of the core concepts such as Dharma, Satya, Ahimsa, Samvada, Dharmayuddha, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam from the point of view of their relevance to the field of conflict resolution.

  • 1 or 2 courses per quarter (3/6 credits)
  • 18 credits required to complete program

Elective Course

Elective courses offered in any given year will vary. Courses taken in other areas offered at HUA or at other universities may be accepted for transfer credit with prior approval of the HUA office.  Any course offered at HUA will automatically qualify for elective credit.

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