MATP-1101 – Introduction to Tolerance and Peace Studies

  • Faculty: Various
  • Macrocourse
  • 12 Weeks
  • Content Category: Knowledge, Self-Mastery, Impact
  • Academic Credit: 3 Credits

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Live Faculty Sessions will run beginning January 10 to March 28, 2022 on Mondays from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific time. If you are taking this course for credit, your attendance at these live sessions is highly encouraged. Auditors will be welcomed in at no charge as a gift to our community to help people increase their understanding of tolerance and peace efforts around the world at this critical moment. Watch this space.

Course Description:

This is the foundational course in the MA in Tolerance Studies and Global Peace. It is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of Tolerance Studies, and includes the examination of issues of intercultural and interreligious dialogue, anthropology and diversity, conflict analysis, transformation and peacebuilding, public international law, human rights and international organizations, and ethics and global governance. It also addresses questions of leadership, networking and sustainability, international migration and refugee law, and public diplomacy.

Course Topics:

  • Defining Tolerance Studies
  • The components of tolerance (knowledge, openness, communication and freedom of thought, conscience, and belief)
  • Dialogue and perspectives on diversity
  • Respect, accept and appreciate diversity
  • Pluralism, democracy and human rights
  • The rule of law
  • Conflict analysis and conflict transformation
  • Peace and peacebuilding
  • Governance, leadership and empowerment
  • Public diplomacy
  • The relevance and future of Tolerance Studies

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Knowledge
    • Define Tolerance Studies
    • List the components of tolerance
    • Define democracy as a social and political system
    • Outline major characteristics of human rights
    • Describe the rule of law and its role in a democratic society
    • Describe different definitions and conceptions of “peace”
    • Define “peacebuilding”
    • Describe and provide examples of public diplomacy
  • Cognitive
    • Explain the nature of dialogue on diversity
    • Compare and contrast different approaches to governance
    • Describe the relationship between pluralism and democracy
    • Distinguish between conflict analysis and conflict transformation
    • Compare and contrast negative and positive peace
  • Interpersonal Skills
    • Demonstrate respect for diversity
    • Show acceptance of diversity
    • Demonstrate appreciation of diversity
    • Analyze the role of law in understanding governance
    • Demonstrate characteristics of positive interpersonal relationship skills
  • Communication
    • Illustrate different perspectives of diversity
    • Provide examples of both negative and positive peace
    • Demonstrate the role of peacebuilding in Tolerance Studies
    • Illustrate the value and relevance of Toleration Studies
  • Psychometric
    • Describe ways of measuring peace and conflict


Timothy Reagan, PhD is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine. He has held senior faculty and administrative positions at the University of Connecticut, the University of the Witwatersrand, Central Connecticut State University, Roger Williams University, Gallaudet University, and Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. His primary areas of research are applied and educational linguistics, language policy and planning, and issues related to sign languages. Reagan is the author of more than a dozen books, including Linguistic legitimacy and social justice (2019, Palgrave Macmillan), Language planning and language policy for sign languages (2010, Gallaudet University Press), Language matters: Reflections on educational linguistics (2009, Information Age Publishing), Critical questions, critical perspectives: Language and the second language educator (2005, Information Age Publishing), and with Terry A. Osborn, World language education as critical pedagogy: The promise of social justice (forthcoming, Routledge) and The foreign language educator in society: Toward a critical pedagogy (2002, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). He is also the author of more than 150 journal articles and book chapters, and his work has appeared in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Educational Foundations, Educational Policy, Educational Theory, Foreign Language Annals, Harvard Educational Review, Language Policy, Language Problems and Language Planning, Multicultural Education, Sign Language Studies, and Semiotica. He served as co-editor, with Terry A. Osborn, of Critical Inquiry in Language Studies from 2004-2007, and as Editor-in-Chief of Language Problems and Language Planning from 2014-2018.

Course Modalities:

Non-Credit Options

Lite Level – This course is delivered on-demand with no faculty interaction and is perfect for lifelong learners who want to go at their own pace and who are not interested in academic credit but still want to experience the course.

Audit-No Credit – If you would like to participate when this course is offered in our Live Virtual Classroom mode, you may attend the live faculty webinars but will not be required to submit assignments for credit.

If you take a few courses and decide you want to officially enroll in a degree program, you can gain academic credit for Lite versions or Audit-No Credit versions by paying the difference between these course fees and a normal academic fee, successfully completing quizzes, submitting your reflection journals and delivering a Final Creative Assignment that will be graded.

For-Credit Options

Live Virtual Classroom: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic coursework is accomplished through attendance in Live Webinars, with faculty and student interaction being a part of the Live Webinar content. To receive academic credit, you must not miss more than 3 live sessions, you must complete the quizzes and submit any other required assignments (if any), and a final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.

Internal Online Independent Study: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic online coursework is engaged in independently on one’s own and does not include faculty interaction. To receive academic credit, you must complete the quizzes and submit your reflection journals and final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.


  • BA Level: $300
  • MA Level: $600
  • PhD Level: $900
  • Audit-No Credit: $0 (only if offered in Live Virtual Classroom Mode)
  • Lite: $0 (no credit, access to course materials only)

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We allow students at all academic levels to participate in our online courses. However, those students who are enrolled in MA or PhD programs are expected to offer a more sophisticated analysis on reflection tasks, writing assignments, and in the final creative assignment. You will be graded commensurate with your degree level. Except for the Final Creative Assignment, word counts are offered as guidelines. If you need to exceed the word counts to submit an MA or PhD level response, you may feel free to do so as long as the word count expansion is reasonable and necessary.

Course Contact Information:

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