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Certificate Course in Dialogue Studies 2019-2020

Certificate Course in Dialogue Studies 2019-2020

Certificate Course in Dialogue Studies 2019-2020

Indialogue Foundation invites applications for a six-month certificate course in dialogue studies. The course will train participants in dialogue practices and peacebuilding and make them suitable for employment in national and international organisations working in these fields.

Course Description

Dialogue has emerged as crucial factor in pacific resolution of conflicts across cross cultural societies in the age of globalisation. It is fast emerging as a postmodern inter disciplinary discourse in academia at large. This course therefore aims at familiarisation of students with basic concepts, theories and discourses of dialogue. The course will involve the theoretical application of dialogue in resolution of conflict situation in some of cross cultural case studies. The course will also attempt to contribute in the field of practice of dialogue.


A combination of historical, comparative, inter subjectivity and dialogic method as well as film documentaries will be applied in imparting teaching and conducting classes. Wherever possible, a practitioner of dialogue in everyday life would be invited to interact with the students.


Dialogue in modern age has emerged as one of the most effective tool in the hands of policymakers and diplomatic community to address multi-layered conflict situation. Dialogue studies significantly contributes to the academic discipline of conflict and peace studies. It helps in shaping a democratic personality.


A certificate course in dialogue studies first and foremost helps in producing a democratic citizen in any country and enhances the capacity of students to resolve the conflict situation peacefully in their daily lives. This course is therefore of significant help to those who deal with human resource management. Moreover, students with certificate course in dialogue studies have fair chance of working with many national and international institutions/organisations, which are active in the field of promoting harmony and common good, and resolution of conflicts.

Module 1: Introduction to Dialogue

1.1 Contextualising Dialogue in the present age: From Modernity to Post Modernity (From Nation State to people & culture), Globalisation

1.2 What is dialogue? What is a dialogic society?

1.3 Difference between conversation, discussion and dialogue

1.4 Conditions and features of Dialogue

1.5 Types of Dialogue: Inter-person dialogue, intercultural dialogue, interfaith dialogue, inter-religious dialogue, intra-religious dialogue, inter-gender dialogue

Module 2: Approaches/theories in Dialogue

2.1 Modernity, post modernity and dialogue

2.2 Religion, religious traditions and dialogue

2.3 Contemporary thinkers of dialogue. Mahatma Gandhi, Fethullah Gülen, Martin Luther

Module 3: Dialogue, democracy and human rights in contemporary society

This section will explore the inter-connection between dialogue, democracy and human rights in cross cultural societies.

Module 4: Dialogue and conflict resolution

This section will examine the role of dialogue —its failure and success in a few case studies e.g.: Tamil problem in Sri Lanka, Babri Masjid – Ram Janam Bhumi controversy, Palestine-Israeli, Syrian conflict, race issue in the US, Spain-Catalonia, demand for Kurdistan.


Projects/Term Paper/Essay and Presentation.


All undergraduate degree holders are eligible to apply.

Admission Fees

An admission fees of Rs 5,000 will be charged from the selected candidates. There is no tuition fees.


A stipend of INR 5,000 per month will be provided to all the selected candidates.

Tentative Session Schedule

Three-hour sessions will be held on Thursdays and Saturdays every week starting at 3:00 PM. However, it may change if some other days and time suit the selected candidates.


Attendance is mandatory. For each day of abstention, 600 INR will be deducted from absentees’ stipend.

Suggested Reading

Sleap, F and Sener, O (2013) Dialogue Theories I, Dialogue Society.

Sleap, F, Sener, O and Weller, P (2016) (Ed) Dialogue Theories II, Dialogue Society.

Wallenstein, P (2001) 2nd edition Understanding conflict resolution: peace and the global system.

Paris, R (2004) At War’s End: building peace after civil conflict, Cambridge University Press.

Smock, D (2002) (Ed) Interfaith dialogue and peace building Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace.

Reychlar, L and Pattenholtz, T (2001) Peacebuilding: a field guide, esp. dialogue and listening chapter 15.

Ramsbotham, O and Woodhouse, T (2011) Contemporary conflict resolution.

Application Process

– Interested candidates will have to download and fill the Application Form and send it along with updated CV and a passport size photograph via email to before the deadline of 25th August 2019.

– Once you have successfully submitted your application, we will examine your documents and the shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview on 02nd September 2019.

– The selected candidates will be informed of the decision via email.

Application form can be downloaded by clicking on this link: Application Form

Documents to be sent while applying

  • completed application form
  • updated CV
  • passport size photo


Selection will be based on merit of the candidates and their performance in the interview.

Key Dates

Application deadline:        25 August 2019

Interview:                              02 September 2019

Course commencement:  12 September 2019

Course conclusion:            15 February 2020

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