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.
Example of remote classes offered in the past
Current students can register through wiser see course numbers below.
Non-Degree students contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.