This 10-week program will provide students an exciting opportunity to study two overlapping but distinct disciplines in a region that has witnessed both the challenges and possibilities of human rights and peace building. The program is divided into two distinct parts: 5 weeks of coursework followed by 4 weeks of guided fieldwork; students will have the opportunity to pursue independent travel for one week in the break between the coursework and the fieldwork. The courses will be held primarily in Zagreb, Croatia, while the fieldwork will include travel to other parts of Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia.
During the first part of the program, students will take two core courses: Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention, and Peace Studies in the Balkans. Each course will provide important historical, philosophical, and international perspectives on human rights and peace studies, including specific efforts undertaken in the Balkans (specifically Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo). The content will be particularly relevant for students majoring in International Studies, Peace Studies, European Studies, Political Science, International Development, Conflict Resolution, and pre-law. However, the program is open to interested students from all majors.
These courses will be supplemented with relevant cultural and content-based excursions, both of which will help truly immerse you in the complexities inherent to the peace building process.
After the coursework and one-week break, students will pursue 4 weeks of guided research and fieldwork in Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia. This fieldwork portion of the program involves substantial group travel to locations including (but not limited to) Sarajevo, Srebrenica, Belgrade, and Mostar. During this period students will engage broadly with the affected populations, visit and work alongside peace building and human rights organizations, and gain foundational fieldwork skills through the creation and execution of a guided research project.
Students who wish to enroll in the coursework but not the fieldwork have the option to end the program after the initial 5 weeks. For more details related to this modified program option, including the program budget, please contact the GEO advisor for this program.