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Democracy and Social Change in Northern Ireland
Conflict Resolution, Internship, Political Science, Social Change
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Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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What are the root causes of the Northern Ireland conflict, commonly called "the Troubles"? What progress has been made towards building a sustainable peace? In a country where imposing peace walls still separate historically divided communities, how have citizens assumed crucial roles in conflict transformation? Students examine these questions, and more, over the course of this semester-long, seminar-style class, based at Ulster University in the city of Derry~Londonderry.
Students travel through Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of integrated learning experiences that connect classroom with community. Field visits to Belfast, Donegal, Dublin, the north Antrim coast, and border areas offer students unique opportunities to meet with community members and activists who have been directly impacted by violence, and who are engaged in building peace and a shared society.
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.
Application Process Involves
Letters of Reference
Online Application plus Application Assessment
Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, David Schalliol.