In 1969, society in Northern Ireland was torn by violent conflict that erupted from issues relating to civic, social, and political differences. Today, Northern Ireland offers an example of the vast dimensions of transition from conflict to democr...
I learned a lot about Northern Ireland, but I learned even more about myself. This program challenges you, your ideas, your perspective, but it can also reinforce those at the same time. This program made me see old things in a new way and challenged me to ask the question Why? Before doing this HECUA program I was just drifting...
- Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
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I cannot wait to graduate and go back! I loved being in Ireland. Though there were many challenges socially, I wouldn't have changed a thing. I learned so much about myself and about how I work in different situations. I have learned to look at society in a different way and to appreciate the similarities and differences. I...
- Hamline University
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In 1969, society in Northern Ireland was torn by violent conflict that erupted from issues relating to civic, social, and political differences. Today, Northern Ireland offers an example of the vast dimensions of transition from conflict to democracy. Students examine the historical, political and religious roots of the conflict in Northern Ireland, the prospects for peace, and the progress being made. Through readings, lectures, discussions, internships, group and independent study projects and field experiences this program invites interaction with people involved in social change. The program explores theoretical approaches to understanding conflict and its transformation as well as the processes underway in Northern Ireland to create a sustainable democracy.
Field seminars focus on human rights, equality, conflict transformation, and education for democracy, and help students see in action the tools used to transform conflict. A seven-week, nearly full-time internship in Londonderry/Derry allows students to participate directly in efforts toward a peaceful future. Diverse perspectives at the internship help students understand the progress of peacer and analyze the cultural strengths, 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. Finally, each student carries out an independent study project on a topic of her/his choice, which includes field research.