AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Summer 2019
Course Descriptions


Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Program

The summer school includes approximately 80 hours of contact time and is recommended for 5 credits.
Course Code and Credits: POL/INR 320 (5)
Course Title: Conflict Transformation and Social Justice
Course Description:

This interdisciplinary course is taught by world-leading academics located in a society emerging from conflict, allowing students to immerse themselves in a topic and see the subject from a number of different viewpoints. Lecturers and guest speakers come from a range of disciplines including law, politics, international studies, geography, criminology, anthropology, human rights and other humanities and social science subjects. The course will provide students with a critical overview of approaches to conflict resolution from world-leading scholars and practitioners who will draw upon rich research experiences both in Northern Ireland and across the globe.

Students taking the course will be able to learn more about the theories and practices of conflict transformation from within local and global perspectives that will include case studies of Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia and South America. These will include an evaluation of how religion impacts upon peace-building. It will permit students to learn more about how interventions and policies dedicated to conflict transformation have failed or succeeded. It will position the importance of security, transitional justice and the role of restorative justice in democracy building. Understanding how border conflicts and social injustice encourage conflict and violence will also be studied using the methods of human rights and social inclusion. Other important features of peace-building that include negotiation and dialogue, the problem of dealing with victim issue and perpetrators of injustice will also form part of the overall learning around the research methods and ethics required for the restoration of social justice.

This course is taught by staff of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and guest speakers.

Subjects covered in this interdisciplinary program include:

  • Conflict transformation in local and global perspective
  • Religion and peace-building
  • Intervention and integration
  • Transitional justice
  • Human rights and social justice
  • Cross-border cooperation
  • Discourses and dialogue in conflict transformation
  • Representing and dealing with the past
  • Research methods and ethics in conflict transformation
  • Policing and securitization

Education for Transformation Program

The summer school includes approximately 80 hours of contact time and is recommended for 5 credits.

Course Code and Credits: XXXX (5) (Course code to be confirmed)
Course Title: Education for Transformation
Course Description:

This course is taught by staff of the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University supplemented by guest speakers in the field. The summer school will host sessions facilitated by Queen’s UNESCO chair whose aim is to work with international development organizations and governments to facilitate, promote and develop models of shared education in societies impacted by conflict and division with the long-term aim of reducing intergroup hostility and building more positive inter-group relations.

Students taking this module will have the opportunity to examine theories and practices of education from local and global perspectives, with opportunities to hear firsthand accounts of researching and teaching in different educational contexts and working within other disciplines (justice, social work, social policy) and in partnership with key stakeholders including governments, charities and NGOs.

Drawing on experience and research within Northern Ireland, the UK and from around the world subjects covered in this interdisciplinary program include:

  • Northern Ireland and the local and global platform
  • Education through Evidence and Social Innovation including early intervention and prevention
  • Curriculum in divided and conflict-affected societies
  • Education for All: including epistemic justices and special needs education
  • Education Studies and leadership including theories of learning and educational leadership

Irish Studies Program

The summer school includes approximately 80 hours of contact time and is recommended for 5 credits.

Course Code and Credits: XXXX (5) (Course code to be confirmed)
Course Title: Irish Studies
Course Description:

The International Summer School in Irish Studies will examine the history and influence of our island on the world and uses this to gain a greater perspective on the planet we share. Lectures and seminars are given by internationally-acclaimed scholars on various aspects of the study of Ireland, including literature, history, politics, anthropology, geography, film, theater, language and music. The Program includes a series of field trips to sites across Northern Ireland, including visits to the poet Seamus Heaney’s Homeplace, the birthplace of St Patrick, Downpatrick and the city of Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland.

Areas of study include:

  • The history of the people on our land
  • Ireland’s place in the world
  • The extraordinary and powerful history of migration and diaspora
  • The turbulent, intertwined and sometimes creative relationships between Britain and Ireland
  • The specific part played by the north, particularly Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, in our history
  • Language, literature, music, dance and art
  • Conflict and peace
  • Heritage, identity and varieties of Irishness
  • Brexit

Course descriptions are subject to change by Queen’s University.