Anthropology, Celtic/Irish Studies, Communication, Culture, Education, European Studies, History, Humanities, International Relations, International Studies, Internships, Law, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Service Learning, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Women's Studies
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Apartment, Residence Hall
Does the signing of a peace settlement bring about peace? If so, Northern Ireland has been a "post-conflict" society since 1998. The causes and natures of the Troubles, the violent conflict that raged in Northern Ireland for 30 years, are compelling, but what's the point of investigating this if it's all over?
Throughout this semester-long International Conflict Research Conflict Research Institute-affiliated program students wrestle with challenging questions: Why is peace so fragile 20 years after political agreement? Can justice, truth, and forgiveness be accommodated? How can democracy be rebuilt in a fractured landscape? In a society where barricades known as "peace walls" still separate communities, students critically examine the work of conflict transformation.
Students live, work, and study in Derry/Londonderry. There and in Belfast, Dublin, the north Antrim coast, and boarder areas, students meet with community members directly impacted by violence, who are now working to build peace and a shared society. Individual internships during the middle of the semester allow students to be actively involved in the ongoing work of peacebuilding and community development. Past internships sites include Children in Crossfire, the Rainbow Project, and the Playhouse Theatre.
A seven-week internship in Derry/ Londonderry allows students to be directly involved in efforts of social change toward a peaceful future. The diverse perspectives gained at the internship will help students explore how society is progressing and analyze the cultural traditions and resources available for building a sustainable and inclusive democracy. Internship sites ultimately provide an opportunity to do meaningful work that makes a difference. Some organizations are grassroots with a local focus while others are international in scope.
Field seminars focus on human rights, equality, conflict transformation and education for democracy and help you see in action the tools used to transform conflict. Each student also carries out an independent study project on a topic of personal choice, which includes field research.
Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)
Criminal Justice / Corrections
Human Rights Advocacy
Journalism / Broadcasting
Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
Please contact HECUA for current pricing, or check the website, here. Program fees include group transportation to field sites, planned group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs.
This Program is open to
Typical Living Arrangements
Participants Travel to Northern Ireland
Independently or in Groups
Scholarships are Available
HECUA provides up to three $750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, two $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and four $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for scholarships is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.