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Northern Ireland, still a part of the United Kingdom unlike the Republic of Ireland on its southern border, is an emblematic case of a post-conflict society that still deals with social and political tension as it grapples with how to break from its violent history. This program will mainly take place in Belfast, now regarded as one of the most distinctive and vibrant cities in the UK, and Derry/Londonderry, the second-largest city in Northern Ireland, along the River Foyle.
You will stay in youth hostels for the duration of the program.
You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to Ireland and back. The program begins and ends in Dublin. Transportation on program-related field trips is provided as part of the program fee.
- Course: IAFS 3000: Special Topics: Peace & Conflict in Northern Ireland
- Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
- Approved for: This course has been approved for IAFS Off-Campus Experience, IAFS Geographic Concentration Europe, IAFS Functional Area IV, ANTH upper-division Cultural course, Engineering Humanities credit, and PACS Certificate
- Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
Throughout this Global Seminar you will gain an inside perspective on the history of conflict and peacebuilding in two highly affected urban centers in Northern Ireland. The rich socio-political history will not only be learned through scholarly research and films, but directly from people’s lived experiences. We will meet with academics, NGOs, community members, former combatants, peacebuilders, legislators, and hear voices and stories less often heard. Throughout the seminar students will maintain detailed field notes, engage in reflection, and choose a particular topic of interest to analyze for a research paper.
Alison Castel is a professor in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Affairs at CU. She has been designing courses and traveling with college-aged and post-graduate students since September, 2000. In that time, she has taken students to Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Kenya, Rwanda, China, India, Indonesia, and Israel/Palestine.
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You will enjoy a number of cultural excursions in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, and Dublin. These include Game of Thrones filming locations, Giants Causeway, city tours, a performance at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry/Londonderry, a Bogside Artist Tour, and a Coiste Falls Road Mural tour, among others.
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