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Summer Programs

The Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance offers academically rich study abroad programs in Northern Ireland and Ecuador each summer where you can earn up to 6 credits towards a master's degree.   Click on the study abroad links below to learn more.

If summer abroad is impacted due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, we will offer a variety of online skills practicum classes focusing on themes relating to the study abroad programs including religious peacebuilding, conflict in border regions, and peace-building after violent conflict such as those listed below:

Both study abroad and summer remote classes are open to non-degree students.  Learn more about non-degree take a class here. 

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Summer 2021 Remote Classes 

Current students can register through wiser see course numbers below. 

Non-Degree students contact or visit take a class as a non-degree student

There are no prerequisites for these courses. Advanced undergraduates will be considered. Registration links will be posted soon. Contact to learn more. *Choose one or more of the following: 

Conflict Resolution Skills Practicum  Virtual Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation and Borders This class will include the analysis of concrete cases of conflict, peacebuilding, migration and border challenges, as well as practical skills training on conflict analysis, negotiation and mediation, cross-cultural and nonviolent communication, and proposal writing. Cases are drawn from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Haiti, and the United States will provide concrete examples. Participants will design their own proposal for a peacebuilding intervention and will receive feedback from a panel of experienced experts in the field. *Choose between 1 credit or 3 credits, with the reading load and depth of assignments that are due varying to meet the credit load. 

Conflict Resolution Skills Practicum Religious Peacebuilding Religion plays a crucial, but ambiguous, role in international affairs as a contributor to both peace and conflict. While introducing students to the analytical study of religion, peace, and conflict on the world stage, this course focuses on religion’s positive contributions by acquainting students with theoretical concepts and practices of religious peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Through classroom lectures, discussions, reading assignments, guest lectures, and multimedia, students will survey the contemporary peacebuilding approaches of many of the world’s religions and delve into case studies of religious actors and organizations engaged in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. 

Advanced Negotiation & Mediation: Peace-building after Violent Conflict: the case of Northern IrelandThis exciting all-online class is taught by Professor Marie Breen-Smyth direct from Northern Ireland and will be delivered in conjunction with scholars from Ulster University (UU) and activists and politicians across the spectrum of political opinion and identity in Northern Ireland. UMASS and UU professors contribute lessons from other divided societies, like South Africa and Israel/Palestine and there will be an opportunity to talk directly to young people in Belfast growing up in a divided community.  The class will count as 3 credits, and will have a final paper on a topic of your choice from within the course content, as the main written assignment. 


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Summer Institute in Northern Ireland: Lessons in Community Peacebuilding

Today, Armagh City is a friendly place with beautiful, historic stone buildings, cafes and restaurants, and population with an optimistic outlook. But in the midst of four decades of conflict, Armagh county was referred to as” bandit country” and in the later phases of the Troubles (the common name for the conflict in Northern Ireland during the late 20th century) disputes over parades between local nationalist residents and the Protestant, Orange orders drew world media attention.  So, how did Armagh residents get from those troubled times to the present day where the marching season passes without major incidents?  Are these disputes resolved or merely managed?  What methods are used? What have local community activists got to teach the rest of us about how to move a community from a fraught, conflict-riven state to one where the summer parade season is no longer faced with a sense of dread? How do ethnic minority and LGBTQ communities fit into contemporary Northern Ireland society? How do the next generation, born in peacetime, see the future?  How does Brexit affect peace in Armagh and other border regions? 

Program Overview

Summer 2022 dates to be determined (usually 10 days in July)

The summer institute will focus on the enormous achievements of local activists and agencies in bringing Armagh to its current state of peace, through years of community dialogue, negotiation, and the formation of new institutions and processes.

Representing a chance for participants to engage with local peacebuilders, this ten-day program aims to deliver mutual benefits for participants and locals.  Participants learn about the Northern Ireland conflict, get an intimate perspective of the methods and practices used to address this dispute and in dialogue with local practitioners and critically evaluate their effectiveness in Northern Ireland and their utility in other contexts.

The program will be led by Professor Marie Breen-Smyth, a native of Northern Ireland who has written extensively about conflict in a range of settings. The institute’s faculty contains a range of experts and practitioners from Northern Ireland and the US and is organized in partnership with a consortium of local residents, International Peace Education Resources (IPER).  This local consortium will organize the logistics, participate in classes and visits with the US participants.

The ten-day institute will focus on the achievements of the past and the key contemporary challenges still facing peacebuilding in Northern Ireland: dealing with the past and provision for victims: memorials; parading; flags and paramilitaries. A background and overview of the Northern Ireland conflict will be provided at an event this fall (date TBD) for potential participants on campus prior to the field visit to Northern Ireland. The program will begin with a survey of all these issues, with expert speakers on each topic and then focus in more detail on two of these issues: dealing with the past and parading.  

Participants will stay in en-suite accommodation in the family-run Charlemont Hotel in the City Center where classes will also be held.  In addition, the program includes visits to Belfast with a tour of the city’s peace lines and political murals and a visit to the ancient city of Derry/Londonderry. Other trips and visits can be organized and advice offered for participants with particular interests, program permitting.

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Summer Institute in Quito, Ecuador: Conflict Transformation Across Borders

Summer 2022 dates to be determined (usually 10 days in June/July)

Led by an international faculty of peacebuilding practitioners/scholars, this program is designed to equip early-career professionals, graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and other future peacebuilders with practical tools, knowledge, and hands-on experience to understand the complexities of conflicts within and across border regions, and the interventions that can be used to transform these conflicts.

Program Overview

This program uses a combination of classroom learning and discussion, hands-on experience through simulations and field visits, and interaction with high-profile guest speakers who are practitioners and scholars in the field of conflict transformation. Students will have the opportunity to engage in simulations and site visits during the practical training component of the course. After laying a theoretical foundation, the program will include the analysis of concrete cases of conflict and peacebuilding in the region, as well as practical skills training workshops on conflict analysis, negotiation and mediation, cross-cultural and nonviolent communication, and proposal writing.
Participants will research and design their own proposal for a peacebuilding intervention and will receive feedback from a panel of experienced experts in the field. Those wishing to submit their proposals to funding agencies for consideration will receive encouragement and technical assistance.
Participants will reside in a hotel near FLACSO-Ecuador in Quito, and will make field visits to the Northern Border region in Carchi province, and surrounding areas of the Andes mountains. The language of instruction will be English, although some Spanish-language talks will likely be included with translation provided

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