Note: While the coursework and ﬁeldwork are designed to go together, 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.
This 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 (5-week portion) will be held primarily in Zagreb, Croatia, while the fieldwork (4-week portion) will include travel to other parts of Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, and Montenegro.
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 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.
UO students: If you complete the full 10-week program, you will earn:
- 5 UO credits for the Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention course
- 5 UO credits for the Peace Studies in the Balkans course
- 4 credits for the Research course
- Note: all classes are approved as INTL 400/500 level credit. For students from other relevant majors such as PS, HIST, REEES, legal studies, etc., please speak to your departmental advisor about potential cross-approvals for the courses.
Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your home campus study abroad advisor for more information.