A. Course Description:
Humanity shares a vast diversity of culture. These cultures add some value to their particular philosophies, thinking and approach to particular concerns of well-being. In using African Traditions to engage peace building, the course explores African structures and their peculiarities in peace building using anthropological approaches. It looks at Mato Oput among the Acholi of Uganda, Gacaca in Rwanda, Bashingantahe in Burundi and the different forms of peace building used by traditional kingdoms and systems in Africa. While exploring blood pacts that solve conflicts and rituals of peace that help peace building, learners will be enabled to re-think and visualize a non-violent community. It also underscores God as the source of peace.
B. Course Objectives:
To demonstrate how African Traditions and structures continue to provide mechanisms for peace building. To examine acclaimed importance’s, and effectiveness of using endogenous methods in solving conflicts. To help students apply some of the elements learnt in peace building and solving conflicts.
C. Learning outcomes:
At the end of this course, students will:
1. Be able to discuss and appreciate African Traditions and Structures in peace
2. Be able to apply the learnt principles of peace building in simple and complex
realities of personal and communal life.
3. Be able to compare and contrast different peace building mechanisms across
the African Continent.
- Lecturer: Simon feta