Program Details

“Politicians, Paramilitaries, and Peace,” takes students to Northern Ireland to learn about the linkages between the political and grassroots levels in a conflict that has evolved significantly over the last 50 years but still faces challenges of reconcil
Location:
Belfast, United Kingdom; Londonderry County Borough, United Kingdom
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

“Politicians, Paramilitaries, and Peace,” takes students to Northern Ireland to learn about the linkages between the political and grassroots levels in a conflict that has evolved significantly over the last 50 years but still faces challenges of reconciliation and integration. Students see the impact of partition and witness how Northern Ireland and the Republic developed differently following this key moment in their histories. Students will examine the linkages between the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and the events of the 1960s in Northern Ireland and visit the peace walls in Belfast to study their relationship to paramilitary groups’ ceasefires. The class will visit the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont to hear from political parties and politicians involved in the negotiations of the 1990s and will also hear firsthand accounts from civil society organizations and grassroots organizations, such as women’s groups and ex-combatants’ groups.In both Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, we’ll examine how the post-conflict scenario evolves and delve into the challenges of a process that is frozen in the period of conflict management rather than moving on to conflict transformation and conflict resolution. Lectures and guest speakers will address the challenges of peacebuilding at an everyday level in interface communities and the realities of life in a polarized, post-ceasefire society. The course will examine how the theoretical works out at the practical level and raise the question of what model of government is best suited to such a society.

Program Details

Credits Offered:

Undergraduate:

  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 385: International Field Experience

Graduate:

  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 695:Selected Topics

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including those who do not attend George Mason University.

Housing

Hotel

Cost:
Program Cost (Summer 2018): $3890. Included: Tuition (3 credits) Hotel accomodations Two meals per day In-country ground transportation Cultural excursions Entrance fees Course trainers’ and speakers' costs International Emergency Insurance Not included: Round-trip airfare Additional meals Personal Spending

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes

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