Human Security and Peacebuilding Program Learning Outcomes


  • Apply a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the HSPB field of study and practice.
  • Examine and situate one’s own personal beliefs.
  • Demonstrate openness to ideas and actions. 
  • Evaluate evidence, its sources, meanings and intentions.
  • Identify, select, and sort relevant information in order to be able to describe, draw inferences, synthesize and validate that information.
  • Identify and explain the ethical dimensions of professional conduct and practice. 
  • Critically reflect on the impacts and consequences of decisions and resulting actions.


  • Articulate ideas and arguments effectively in oral and written formats.
  • Demonstrate competence in interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.
  • Critically analyze the influence of new, emergent and collaborative technologies on the HSPB field of practice.
  • Select and employ different communication mediums based on assessment of situation and context.


  • Illustrate the use and limitations of knowledge and theory in the field to professional HSPB practice.
  • Identify and explain the core concepts and constructs of research.
  • Contribute to knowledge in the field of study or practice using systematic and recognized research design and methods.
  • Critically evaluate the rigour and validity of information and academic materials.
  • Recognize gaps in professional knowledge and seek out information to address deficiencies.


  • Identify, analyze and evaluate threats to human security, peacebuilding and development in conflict and post-conflict contexts.
  • Compare and apply an inter-disciplinary range of theories related to human security and peacebuilding.
  • Analyze conflict contexts to support societies and structures in their processes on conflict transformation and sustainable development.
  • Analyze and explain the dynamics of actors involved in human security, peacebuilding and development.
  • Compare and critique strategies and frameworks for advancing human security and peacebuilding in conflict and post-conflict contexts.
  • Evaluate the application of conflict-sensitive programming frameworks in different conflict and post-conflict contexts.
  • Analyze and evaluate the legal contexts, norms and values relevant to different fields of conflict management practice.
  • Identify and explain the ethical dimensions of professional conduct and practice.
  • Appraise working conditions and design strategies for self-care, safety and security.

Professional Skills & Practices

  • Generate strategic plans, operational programs, and associated projects for advancing human security, demonstrating attention to both short- and long-term needs of an affected population and surrounding communities.
  • Demonstrate advanced problem solving, facilitation, co-ordination and communication skills appropriate to complex and multi-cultural environments.
  • Analyze past, present, and emerging structures and institutions in a systematic manner to assess and identify capacities and needs.
  • Select and apply conflict-sensitive intervention frameworks and tools in an ethical and professional manner.
  • Select, compare and utilize stakeholder mapping tools to support the designs of interventions promoting human security and peacebuilding.
  • Compare and appraise tools and approaches to program and project monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Integrate social media and media strategies into communication strategies to advance human security and peacebuilding goals.