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Postgraduate Diploma in Sport, Development and Peace 2018

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Postgraduate Diploma in Sport, Development and Peace 2018

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Sports Science and Development (ICESSD) will again offer its Postgraduate Diploma in Sport, Development and Peace as a block course in Cape Town, South Africa a the University of the Western Cape’s Interdisciplinary Centre  for Sport Science and Development (ICESSD).

ICESSD is the only Research Centre in Africa focusing on Sport, Development and Peace offering this postgraduate qualification.  It offers participants the opportunity to challenge and further develop their individual professional vision, to acquire more intimate knowledge about the use of sport and recreation as a tool for development and peace, ranging from Olympic education to sport and recreation management to institutional and leadership issues and to know networks and key decision makers and key personalities from various backgrounds.  


This Postgraduate Diploma programme offer students and professionals in the field of sport, recreation, development and peace building a unique opportunity to acquire an in-depth training while retaining their current position.

With a strong developmental and cross-cultural emphasis, the programme addressees most relevant issues in the field from a practice-orientated perspective and at the same time critically examines the potential role and use of sport and recreation as a local and global tool for youth and community development, conflict prevention, social transformation, and peace building. The course offers practitioner oriented approaches and tools, such as in policy development, implementation (planning, programme and project management), as well as monitoring and evaluation.

The course also offers a research methodology component that is linked to the future aspirations of participants. The course aims at promoting an educational process, including Olympic education, to generate greater awareness and understanding of the complexities of using sport and recreation as a vehicle for such developmental efforts. The course also supports and ethical and value-based and human-based rights approaches to the development management and governance of sport and recreation.

Admission requirements

  • BA/BSc Degree or equivalent (at the discretion of the University)
  • All candidates should demonstrate a basic knowledge of the field of sport and recreation, development and transformation
  • Work or study experience in a community and multicultural context and/ or in a sport and recreation related environment is an added advantage

The course target representatives from government, academia and civil society as well as practising trainers, teachers, community and social workers and facilitators from diverse backgrounds. 

The course is designed for leaders, managers, sport and development practitioners, coaches, government departments, civil society, schools, the corporate sector, those working in research and evaluation, the field and other like-minded individuals who work in the field of sport, recreation and development and peace.

Course beginning and format:

The course will run for the 2018 academic year as follows:

The course will be offered in form of face to face contact time, self-study and interaction via e-learning.

Classes will be offered in 2 blocks of 3 weeks each:    

Block 1:  5 March 2018 to 23 March 2018 (3 modules) and

Block 2:   13 August 2018 to 31 August 2018 (3 modules).

Class times will be 9.00 - 16.00   every day for  Bock 1 and 2

Modules and credit distribution:

Credit Distribution:   Core (60) credits and electives (60) credits

Core modules

  • Sport, development and peace including Olympic education
  • Policy, implementation and evaluation in sport and development
  • Research methods in the development context

3 electives chosen from below:

  • Conflict transformation, development and peace
  • Leadership, culture and diversity
  • Economics and public-sector finance management
  • Sport and games for personal growth and community development
  • Sport and recreation as psychosocial tools in the context of violence and disasters
  • Sport and health

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