Interdisciplinary Certificate Programs
Specialized certificate program options are available to East-West Center degree fellows: Conflict Resolution, Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, International Cultural Studies, Leadership, and Population Studies.
Conflict Resolution Certificate
The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Program on Conflict Resolution (PCR) is designated as a conflict resolution “theory development center” and is one of sixteen university programs funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. PCR has a strong commitment to systematic, interdisciplinary teaching and research on conflict resolution and contributes to the improvement of conflict resolution practices in the Pacific community through its service. The graduate certificate in conflict resolution is available to students seeking the certificate only or concurrently with a Masters or Ph.D. program. This certificate introduces students to:
- Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution: communication and negotiation;
- Mediation systems;
- Dynamics of group conflict;
- Skills for organizing and leading group deliberations; and
- Culturally appropriate dispute resolution processes.
For more information, visit the website: www.peaceinstitute.hawaii.eduand select “Conflict Resolution” to go to the overview of the certificate program.
Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Certificate
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM) offers a graduate certificate program in disaster management and humanitarian assistance (DMHA). The program aims at building disaster risk reduction competence and professionalism. The inter-disciplinary curriculum combines existing UHM disaster-related courses with focused coursework and seminars in the core areas of DMHA. Career opportunities for DMHA professionals exist in both the public and private sectors, from the local to the international arenas. The UHM has an expanding portfolio of disaster remediation and mitigation projects and research areas supporting the development of disaster resilient communities. As a central coordinating body, the DMHA program provides academic researchers an information clearinghouse on opportunities related to disaster management and risk reduction, and serves as a central point of contact for external agencies seeking academic expertise. The focused fostering of relationships with external agencies and organizations further assists in networking and collaboration among the hazard reduction community.
In partnership with the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Department of Anthropology, the East-West Center Education Program offers the Leadership Certificate to its fellows and affiliates. It is a two-year program that is comprised of classroom based leadership teaching and application of leadership projects that strongly emphasize community engagement with partner organizations. The mission of the Center's Leadership Certificate is to bring together its students to explore the nature of leadership, develop individual leadership capacity, and learn how to navigate change in the Asia Pacific region.The Leadership Certificate is open to all EWC degree fellows, as ADB fellows are required to complete the certificate as part of their scholarship. Three graduate level courses (Contemporary Leadership, Film and Leadership, and Applied Leadership Projects), totaling 9 credit hours, are to be completed to satisfy the certificate requirements.
Population Studies Certificate
The Population Studies Program at the University of Hawai‘i (UH) and the Population and Health Studies Program at the East-West Center offer the interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in population studies. The certificate program explores the relationships between population processes such as fertility, mortality, migration, population growth, aging, and their variable contexts in the contemporary world. These perspectives include historical, environmental, cultural, social, economic, and political. Given the geographic location of the East-West Center and UH and the expertise of the faculty, this certificate program emphasizes policies and issues of contemporary importance in the Asia Pacific region. The program's curriculum draws on the strengths of its interdisciplinary faculty who are drawn from sociology, economics, public health, geography, anthropology, political science, urban planning, and communication. Their current interests of research and teaching include, among others, high-risk behavior among youth, change in marriage and the family, health and development, the emergence of HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease, economic aspects of aging, and migration and urbanization. The graduate certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete two core courses on the materials and methods of population; and two population-related courses from their own discipline; participate in an interdisciplinary seminar; and submit a capstone paper or pass a comprehensive examination. Students who have been admitted to any graduate program at the University will be admitted to the program if they notify the Population Studies director of their intention to enroll in the program. Independent admission is also possible. For more information see the websites of the Population Studies Program http://www.populationstudies.hawaii.edu and the EWC Population and Health Studies Program.
International Cultural Studies Certificate
The International Cultural Studies Certificate Program (ICSCP) promotes interdisciplinary understanding of culture, with emphasis on Asia and the Pacific, through theoretical and practical training at the University of Hawai‘i and East-West Center, and in the local Hawaiian community. This graduate level program brings together faculty and students whose research and teaching focus on the politics of culture, with emphasis on the interpretive methods in the social sciences and the arts and humanities.Students in the program study the creation, dissemination, and consumption of diverse cultural elements, such as popular literature, film, commercial products and services, music, dance, and performances of other genres. And there are related campus seminars, conferences, and other activities that spotlight cultural studies and enhance communication and collaboration between the East-West Center and UH.The certificate can be combined with degree programs in the humanities and social sciences or with technical and professional fields.