Program details: This program will immerse the student into the centuries-old conflict in Northern Ireland, but more importantly, into the structures of peacebuilding and conflict transformation that have recently rescued Northern Ireland from violence. Northern Ireland is the world’s premier laboratory for peacebuilding in a post-conflict society. Students will not simply learn about Northern Ireland, but they will learn how conflict transformation occurs, using Northern Ireland as a case study. Students will learn from some of the world’s most highly regarded experts in peacebuilding, and, in addition to scholars, students will meet with political figures, activists, former paramilitary members, community leaders, clergy, and others. Northern Ireland is safe, as the peacebuilding process has been, and continues to be, successful. Information Sheet
Tentative dates: May 7 - August 10, 2013; tentative travel dates: June 2 - June 24, 2013.
Program Sites: The program will include learning from faculty at the Irish School for Ecumenics (ISE), the Institute for Conflict Resolution (INCORE) at the University of Ulster, and the Corrymeela Community. Students will also visit famous cultural and natural sites. Most of the program will be located in Belfast and Derry, but other locations will also be visited, including Dublin.
Anticipated curriculum: This program is offered for six credit hours in the following courses: Ethics and Values (PHIL 2050 or PHIL 205G), Survey of Current Topics (SOC 275G), Issues in Peace and Justice Studies (PJST 475R), Peace and Justice Studies Capstone (PJST 4900), Issues in Religious Studies (PHIL 366R), Interdisciplinary Senior Ethics Seminar (PHIL 450R), Independent Study (PHIL 490R, POLS 490R, SOC 490R), Philosophy Research Capstone (PHIL 4910), Advanced Topics in Philosophy (PHIL 492R), Senior Seminar (POLS 4990), Social Change (SOC 4400), and Current Topics in Sociology (SOC 475R).
Estimated participation fee: $3,995. Apply by February 1, 2013. The program directors are making every effort to secure grants that will reduce the amount of the participation fee.
Participation fee covers: Housing; transportation; most meals; program costs at ISE, INCORE, and Corrymeela; and all lecture fees.
Participation fee does not cover: Round-trip airfare, UVU tuition, passport, some meals, and discretionary spending.
Application deadline: February 1, 2013. Submit application, two letters of reference, $195 nonrefundable application fee, and $300 deposit. Applications are available at International Study Programs in WB147 or here: Application, Letter of Reference, Program Payment Card, Application Payment Card.
Tuition Waivers: UVU Employee & Employee Dependent Tuition Waivers may be applied for up to six credits of ISP tuition.
Financial aid: Pell grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to this program, based on eligibility.
Applicants must have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (BA105) and complete all necessary application forms for financial aid.
Scholarships: UVU will provide need-based scholarships to qualified participants. For an application click here.