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Students are offered a unique opportunity to contemplate the past and celebrate the future of this African nation. The program of study will include the sociological and political background to the Hutu genocide of the Tutsi and moderate Hutu. Students e
Location:
Kigali, Rwanda
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Villanova is proud to offer a six-week course of international study focusing on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The course is taught in English, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (ISGC) in Kigali, Rwanda. Students are offered a unique opportunity to contemplate the past and celebrate the future of this African nation.

Students are offered a unique opportunity to contemplate the past and celebrate the future of this African nation. The program of study will include the sociological and political background to the Hutu genocide of the Tutsi and moderate Hutu. Students earn a total of six-credits for this program and are required to take the two courses listed below: THL 5990: Ecumenical & Cultural Studies This course is will count towards the VU upper-level theology requirement, and cross-lists with the VU Peace & Justice minor/concentration and the Global Interdisciplinary Studies major/minor. We will work with students to fulfill requirements if necessary. 3 credits. THL 4650: Service-learning Practicum Course description pending, will be available mid-late November. 3 credits.

It will focus on the role of the media and state propaganda in the years leading up to the genocide, as well as the actions, or inaction, of the international community. The role of the Churches in Rwanda is also closely examined. In addition to the context and execution of the genocide, more recent phenomena will be examined: genocide denial and negationism, the concepts of memory and reconciliation, structures and mechanisms of the Rwandan justice systems (Gacaca, Civil courts, and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda). Students will also participate in a service project in Rwanda that will allow students to leave a positive footprint in Rwanda
Setting Description:
Visits to the major genocide memorials, along with other cultural excursions into the beautiful Rwandan countryside, including Akagera National Park, will be included in the program. All in-country transportation and transfers are covered within the program fees.
Cost:
Applications are due no later than March 1, 2013; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program. Total: TBA Includes tuition and guest lectures, housing, two meals per day in Kigali, excursions, all in-country transfers and transportation. Airfare is not included in price of the program. The program coordinator will facilitate an optional group flight.

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