Experiential learning

Internships | Conflict Resolution Skills | Travel course | UWaterloo Exchange | AIESEC

The PACS department offers several opportunities to earn course credit through experiential learning while studying Peace and Conflict. For more information on the following opportunities, contact Rachel Reist.

PACS 390- Internships in Peace and Conflict

Internships give students the opportunity to complete a volunteer or work experience in the area of Peace and Conflict for course credit. Through internships, students are able to gain valuable real experience and apply PACS course concepts to the real world.

For more information, visit the Internships page.

PACS 391- Conflict Resolution Skills

Interested in pursuing a career in mediation or gaining practical conflict resolution skills? Then consider completing conflict resolution workshops to earn course credit. The Certificate Program in Conflict Management runs workshops to train practitioners in conflict resolution skills. 2-3 students are allowed to participate in each workshop as a course credit. If interested, stop by the PACS office and have a chat with Sue Baker before signing up to find out more.

For more information, visit the Conflict Resolution Skills page.

PACS 395 - Peace and Conflict Studies Travel Course

This course is open to all UWaterloo students embarking on a travel experience of at least 10 days. Students will complete additional academic work prior to departure, during the travel experience, and upon their return. Travel destinations and itineraries should fit within the following criteria:

  • Travel locations and itinerary must focus in some way on peacemaking, peacebuilding, or conflict (ie: visiting a country recovering from conflict, or that has an active peace movement, or struggles with significant injustice)
  • Travel plans must include an educational component where the cultural, social, economic, and political dynamics of the destination are explored

For more information, download the PACS 395 syllabus

Occasionally the PACS Department organizes a travel opportunity for students that will specifically fit this course. Previously students have travelled to Namibia and South Africa to participate in community development projects, work with civil society organizations, listen to a variety of speakers, and of course travel and immerse yourself in the region. These department-led trips will use a modified syllabus.

UWaterloo exchange programs

The University of Waterloo encourages students to consider exchange study.

The process for pursuing exchange studies involves discussion with the faculty exchange coordinator for your home faculty. Coordinators most closely affiliated with most Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) students include:

Recently, PACS students have studied abroad for at least a term in several institutions including:

AIESEC

AIESEC is an international network that provides both paid internship and volunteer placements for youth. AIESEC Waterloo facilitates such experiences, and information on placements is found on the AIESEC Volunteer page. If the type of work to be completed fits within the criteria for a PACS Internship (PACS 390) this can be used for academic credit by PACS students. These positions can also be used as co-op placements for students registered in UWaterloo's co-op program.