Belfast, United Kingdom

International Summer School on Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

when 25 June 2018 - 20 July 2018
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee GBP 2600

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 perpetrators 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

Course leader

Professor Fiona Magowan

Target group

Undergraduate Students

Course aim

The aims of the International Summer School are to:

* Provide a rich academic experience for visiting students
* Inspire students to develop their research interests in Global Peace, Security and Justice
* Provide students with a module to the level of 3 credits in the US academic system.
* Create an environment of engagement between international students and local NGO’s, politicians and others involved in conflict and conflict transformation.

Credits info

10 EC
The Summer School is the equivalent to one teaching module at Queen’s (one sixth of a full time undergraduate academic year.) This is worth a recommended 5 -6 US credits or 10 ECTS credits. This is based on a notional 200 hours of student engagement with the programme content- including teaching time, educational/cultural excursions, independent learning prior to and during the programme and time spent on the assessment (which is 4000 – 5000 words). Your home university must decide if it wants to award you this credit - they may contact us for more details of the programme before making a decision. When your work is graded you will be given a percentage mark (grade conversion from United Kingdom into US letter grade).

Please note the award of this credit from QUB is at the discretion of your home university and you should speak to them for more information.

We also offer a non-credit bearing option for participants who don't wish to seek credit.

Fee info

GBP 2600: * All tuition
* Accommodation in a single ensuite room (own shower and toilet) on campus with a cooked breakfast
* Field trips and cultural visits
* Meals while on the field trips
GBP 1300: * All tuition
* Field trips and cultural visits
* Meals while on the field trips
* No accommodation provided


There are no scholarships currently available for the International Summer School.