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

CSJ 2001 (5) | Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

This interdisciplinary course is taught by staff of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and guest speakers who 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 (a society still emerging from conflict) and across the globe allowing students to understand the issues from a number of different viewpoints.

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.

Subjects covered in this interdisciplinary program include:

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


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

IRS 2001 (5) | Irish Studies

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


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

XXXX (5) (Course code to be confirmed) | Story

This new International Summer School capitalizes on Northern Ireland’s long-established culture of storytelling and its significant, diverse contributions to creative industries around the world. Our communities have produced storytellers of international acclaim from the Nobel Prizewinning poet Seamus Heaney and the novelist C.S. Lewis to Lisa McGee, the writer of Channel 4’s hit TV series ‘Derry Girls’. The contemporary creative landscape is vibrant environment for aspiring writers, producers and performers too with emerging voices given a place to thrive and experiment at Queen’s University, which houses the Seamus Heaney Centre, The Sonic Arts Research Laboratory, Brian Friel Theatre and Queen’s Film Theatre.

Week 1: Introducing Story: This week introduces perspectives on story e.g. whose stories are told in arts and cultural institutions and whose stories are funded?; political story via social media; translation and world literature; theatre and workshop; the role of story after trauma in different social and cultural contexts; the production of story.

Week 2: Making Story I: Students will opt into a strand of their choice on story e.g. music or creative writing.

Week 3: Making Story II: Students will opt into a second strand of their choice e.g. screenwriting, prose, drama or drama/theatrical production/radio drama.

Week 4: Producing Story: All participants take the final broadcast element, which is key to their themed strands creating one project online output, podcast, short video/ film, piece of writing or poster/visual art piece. The Summer School will conclude with a showcase event of students’ productions.

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