The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice offers a unique interdisciplinary Summer School in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. This academic course is located in a society emerging from conflict and is delivered from a range of disciplines including Law, Politics, International Studies, Geography, Criminology, Anthropology, Human Rights and other humanities and social science subjects.
Over four weeks, you will be able to follow your interests in History, Literature, Law, Languages, Politics, Anthropology, Sociology, Film and Theatre – the choice is yours!
You will be visiting a university recognised for its world class research and teaching, for a unique and challenging opportunity to think, learn and discuss. A chance to examine the history and influence of our island on the world and use this to get a greater perspective on the planet we share.
The Summer School will provide students with a critical overview of approaches to conflict resolution, from world-leading scholars and practitioners.
Students taking the programme will examine 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, as well as evaluate how religion impacts upon peace-building. Students will 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 victims issues and perpetuators of injustice will also form part of the overall learning around the research methods and ethics required for the restoration of social justice.
Drawing from our experience in Northern Ireland and case studies from across the globe we will examine:
- Conflict Transformation in Local and Global Perspective
- Religion and Peacebuilding
- Intervention and Integration
- Transitional Justice
- Human Rights and Social Justice
- Cross-border Co-operation
- Discourses and Dialogue in Conflict Transformation
- Representing and Dealing with the Past
- Research Methods and Ethics in Conflict Transformation
- Policing and Securitization
There will be exciting opportunities to hear first-hand accounts of the practical dimensions of conducting research in conflict zones and to debate the implications for policy and practice.
It’s not all study at the Summer School!
We promise challenge and entertainment all at the same time. Students are also given the opportunity to meet with some of Northern Ireland’s decision-makers – key politicians, church and community leaders.
There are excursions to archaeological, historical and cultural sites in Belfast and beyond, with Irish music and dance evenings as well.
Included in the Summer School are a range of visits to:
- Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast and the Antrim Glens - An area of unsurpassed beauty, a unique fusion of tangible heritage and magnificent scenery
- Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, where the Titanic was designed and built
- Belfast’s murals and interface, guided tour
- The Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park
- Derry-Londonderry (UK City of Culture 2013) - Tour of this splendid city, crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene.