2 credits /6 weeks
8 August 2016 – 16 September 2016
Professor Tatiana Philiptchenko
Professor Ingmar Zahorsky

Dear Student,

Starting August 8th 2016, join us in our brand new six week online class “Building Peace Online – Applied Social Media Technologies” taught through the United Nations Mandated University for Peace Distance Education Program. Together we will learn about the evolving social media landscape and how online tools can be used by individuals or NGOs to create positive change. We will also become familiar with the most successful campaigns and with the ones which failed. We will analyze the context, the tools, the message and the messengers. We will collaborate on a few practical exercises. By the end of this class, you will have a better understanding on the challenges and possibilities of social media technologies.

- Tatiana Philiptchenko

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Why This Course?

Over the last decade, the Internet has been transformed from being a predominantly static system to a more participatory framework that enables people to amplify their voices and challenge established systems. Meanwhile, a number of powerful new media tools have emerged. Understanding these tools is imperative to successfully implementing a media intervention for any NGO or community interested in promoting a social cause.

This course heavily relies on web and IT technology but has been designed for a non-technical academic audience.

Objectives and Format

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Be familiar with the latest web technologies, software and tools that can be used to promote peace, international cooperation and awareness campaigns.
  • Know how to connect with the communities they are living in or working with and to use these tools to help the communities they have identified.
  • Develop a better understanding of contemporary social-change issues associated with new media tools and communication technologies and become a more informed consumer and use of technology.

Course Fee

For credit – US$700
For non-credit  -US$500


This class was so amazing. The combination of two great, brilliant, excellent highly skilled professionals!!! Media tools, social networks are so important nowadays, and are important tools to gather groups, social movements and NGOs in order to achieve a change in the world! *

Luis Guilherme, Brazil

I had an opportunity to learn skills that I need to work effectively in the field of peace and conflict resolution. The class is not only about theories, but also about practical skills. *

Harshadeva Amarathunga, Sri Lanka

* Testimonials are from the course New Media Tools for Change that was taught on the UPEACE campus in January/February 2014. You can learn more about the course here

The Instructors

Tatiana Philiptchenko (Canada)

Tatiana is a photographer, journalist, intercultural facilitator and co-founder of the Peace Media Co-Op. From many years covering stories worldwide, she is passionate about promoting and empowering local communities with social media.

Tatiana started at a young age as a war photographer and journalist in the Middle-East. She then carved out a career photographing people and cultures worldwide and supplying images for prestigious magazines such as Le Point, L’Express, Le Nouvel Observateur, L’Actualité, Elle, Newsweek and Time magazine. While founding the photo agency Megapress.ca, she also produced striking images for numerous corporations, advertising companies, educational institutions and governmental agencies. Her favorite subjects include the gentle and fascinating cultures of Guatemala, Mauritania, and Vietnam.

Aided by fluency in English, French, Russian and Arabic, she enjoys being immersed in the cultures and social causes off the beaten path. She recently created a multimedia project giving greater online visibility to women participating in the 2011 Egyptian uprising.

Tatiana currently works in communications in the public health sector and as a photo editor at Megapress.ca while continuing to freelance as a journalist and photographer. She is also a facilitator for intercultural dialogue with Soliya.

Tatiana holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montreal, specializing in International Cooperation and Journalism. She also holds an MA in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. 

Ingmar Zahorsky (Germany)

Ingmar Zahorsky is an IT consultant as well as the co-founder of the Peace Media Co-Op. Ingmar has a background in journalism, media and web technology. He has created award-winning websites and interactive media for companies such as Yahoo, AMD and Cisco Systems. Most recently, he has been working for the software company ChartMogul as the Director of Customer Success.

Ingmar also worked on a number of documentary films as a videographer, 3D artist and photographer. During his reportage and film work, he traveled to and lived in Cuba, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Israel, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. His images have been published in numerous newspapers, blogs and websites, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Global Press Institute, KQED, International Relations and Security Network, Teachers Without Borders, Freedom House and Global Voices.

Ingmar graduated with honors from the Art Institute of California – San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in media arts and animation. He also holds a master’s degree in media, peace and conflict studies from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Ingmar is passionate about helping others use technology and media to promote social justice, peace and freedom.

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If you are interested in participating in this online course or one of our in-classroom courses please get in touch.

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