Doctor of Philosophy in Peacebuilding

This international course of study, conducted in English, is Thailand’s premiere doctorate program in the field. At Payap University’s International College, we envision a world of open minds and hearts which choose peace over war. The PhD. program in Peacebuilding is committed to empowering inspired visionaries across a wide spectrum of professions and cultural backgrounds to develop leading edge concepts in the important and burgeoning field of conflict transformation. The program of study is designed for both academic or scholarly endeavors as well as practice-based Peace Studies.

Curriculum Structure

Students enroll in three semesters (18 months) of intense study of concepts in social theory, philosophy and world religions as a foundation for fieldwork or research exploring conflicts, world trouble spots, and methodologies for working to transform conflict into peace.

1. Core Courses 24 Credits
PB803 PEACE STUDIES AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION 3 (3-0-9)
PB812 PEACEBUILDING AS A PHILOSOPHICAL ENTERPRISE 3 (3-0-9)
PB821 RELIGIOUSNESS AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION 3 (3-0-9)
PB833 SEMINAR ON ISSUES IN PEACEBUILDING 3 (1-4-7)
PB834 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN PEACEBUILDING 3 (3-0-9)
PB835 DIRECTED READINGS ON PEACE STUDIES AND RELIGIOUSNESS 3 (0-0-12)
PB836 HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONFLICT ANALYSIS 3 (3-0-9)
2. Practice 6 Credits
PB851 OFF-CAMPUS STUDY AND RESEARCH 6 (0-0-18)
3. Thesis 45 Credits
PB999 DISSERTATION 45 (0-0-135)
Total Number of Credits 75 Credits

Faculty

  Asst. Prof. Suchart Setthamalinee, Ph.D
Instructor (full-time)

  • Ph.D in Sociology, University of Hawaii, USA.
  • MA. in Sociology, University of Hawaii, USA.
  • BSoc.. in Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • BA. in Social Science and Humanities, Thammasat University, Thailand

Research interests: Cultural Dimension of Peacebuilding; Violence and Peacebuilding in Islam

Dr. Somboon Panyakom
Instructor (full-time)

  • Ph.D. in Social Science (Behavioral Sciences), The University of Queensland, Australia, 2006.
  • Master of Social Administration in Labor Affairs, Thammasat University, Thailand, 1994.
  • Bachelor of Political Science in Foreign Affairs, Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand, 1984.
  Associate Prof. Mark Tamthai, Ph.D
Instructor (full-time)

  • Ph.D in Logic and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, USA.
  • MA. in History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, USA.
  • BA. in Mathematics, University of Washington, USA.

Research interests: Philosophy of Peacebuilding and Reconciliation; Dialogue and Mediation; Religiousness and Peacebuilding

  Dr. Anthony E. Waters
Instructor (full-time)

  • Ph.D in Sociology, University of California, Davis, USA, 1995.
  • MA. in Sociology, University of California, Davis, USA, 1990.
  • MS. in Biological Science, California Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, USA, 1986.
  • BA. in International Agriculture Development, University of California, Davis, USA, 1978.

Research interests: Social Theory; Refugees and Refugee camps; Theories of Peace and War; Southeast Asia; East Africa; Social Change; NGOs and Development

  Dr. Le Ngoc Bich Ly
Instructor (full-time)

  • Ph.D. in Interreligious Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, 2017.
  • Master of Divinity, Payap University, Thailand, 2011.
  • B.S. in English, Can Tho University, Vietnam, 2004.

Research interest: gender issues in peacebuilding, interfaith dialogue; religious philosophy

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