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Certificate Course in Dialogue Studies 2020-2021

Certificate Course in Dialogue Studies 2020-2021

Certificate Course in Dialogue Studies 2020-2021

Indialogue Foundation and Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti (GSDS) jointly invite applications for Certificate Course in Dialogue Studies 2020-2021.

Course Description

Dialogue has emerged as a crucial factor in pacific resolution of conflicts across multicultural societies in the age of globalisation. It is fast emerging as a postmodern interdisciplinary discourse in academia. This course therefore aims at familiarising participants with basic concepts, theories and discourses of dialogue. The course would involve the theoretical application of dialogue in resolution of conflicts in cross-cultural case studies. It would also attempt to contribute to the frameworks of practice of dialogue.


A combination of historical, comparative, dialogic method and inter-subjectivity would be applied in imparting teaching and conducting classes.


Apart from organising lectures and workshops by experts, relevant films and documentaries too will be screened during the course.


Dialogue in the modern age has emerged as one of the most effective tools of diplomacy to address multi-layered conflict situations. Dialogue studies significantly contributes to the academic disciplines of international relations as well as conflict and peace studies. It helps shape a dialogic narrative and a democratic personality.


A semester certificate course in dialogue studies first and foremost will produce a dialogic world citizen and enhance the capacity of the participants to re-examine and review modalities of the conflicts situations and empathise with “the other”. This course is therefore of significant help to not only professionals but also the layperson. Moreover, those with certificate course in dialogue studies will gain skills useful to work with national and international institutions promoting peace and operating in the field of resolution of conflicts. 

Module 1: Introduction to Dialogue

1.1 Contextualising Dialogue in the present age: From Modernity to Post Modernity, 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, interreligious dialogue, intrareligious dialogue, inter-gender dialogue.

Module 2: Approaches/theories in Dialogue

2.1 Modernity, post modernity and dialogue

2.2 Religion, religious traditions and dialogue

3. Contemporary thinkers of dialogue: Mahatma Gandhi, Fethullah Gulen, Martin Luther King Jr, the Dalai Lama   

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

This section will explore the interconnection between dialogue, democracy and human rights in multicultural societies.

Module 4: Dialogue and conflict resolution

This section will examine the role of dialogue, its failure and success in a select few cases.

Class Format

All classes will be held online.


Projects/Term Paper/Essay and Presentation.


All undergraduate degree holders are eligible for the program.


Attendance is mandatory.

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.

Application Process

– Interested candidates will have to download and fill the Application Form and send it along with updated CV and a photograph via email to before the deadline of 02 September 2020.

– Once you have successfully submitted your application, we will examine your documents and the shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview on 03 September 2020.

– 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
  • Recently clicked photo


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


Interview: September 03, 2020

Result: September 05, 2020

Admission: September 06-09, 2020

Start of session: September 10, 2020

End of session: February 13, 2021

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