In this three-week study program, students will explore the historical, political and religious roots of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland as well as examine prospects for peace in this region. We will begin in Ireland, examining the historical struggle for independence from the British and the many forms that movement took – including the political, religious, and cultural. Ireland’s emergence as a Celtic Tiger, because of its rapid economic growth indicates the changes that have occurred since independence. Northern Ireland remains a part of the United Kingdom, and as such is the site for continued movements for independence and autonomy as well as reactions to those movements. “Peace Walls” cross many of the cities of Northern Ireland, physically separating communities. A civil rights movement in the 1970s led to an intense period of violence that largely subsided with the Good Friday Accords in the mid 1990s. In Northern Ireland, we’ll explore the ways in which this divided society copes with the attendant political, economic and social problems of religion, peace and conflict. Each student will contribute to the group experience by conducting field research related to the themes of peace and conflict on the island.
The Tanzania Study Program offers an immersive, locally-rooted study abroad experience that will allow you to study both biology and political science through your engagement with Tanzanian society and culture. You will stay with three different host families over the course of the semester which will help you to learn Swahili and allow you to build relationships that will last a lifetime. February will be spent in beautiful, ancient Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar where you will take an intensive Swahili course at the State University of Zanzibar. March and part of April will be spent inland, in the small city of Arusha, where you will take classes and learn about life in an African town. Each student will complete a 1-credit internship with a local NGO, business, or government office. From our base in Arusha we will take several overnight trips to destinations such as a Maasai boma and a rural village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. We will also go on a safari to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. A highlight of the trip will be the opportunity to conduct biology field labs while camping just south of the gorgeous Tarangire National Park. The last weeks of the semester will be spent in the major city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's commercial capital. While there we will go on walking tours of the city's historic streets, we will meet with representatives from the country's major political parties, and we will visit markets and a major factory. This trip provides an unforgettable opportunity to learn about one of the world's most fascinating - and rapidly developing - countries.
Swahili (4 credits)
Core 350 (4 credits)
Contemporary East Africa (3 credits, Social Science Gen Ed or Upper-Division Political Science credit)
Conservation Biology in East Africa (4 credits, Natural Sciences Gen Ed or Upper-Division Biology credit)
Internship (1 credit, Political Science)
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