Programs by Country: Northern Ireland + Dialogue of Civilizations

Northern Ireland: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Belfast, Northern Ireland

Faculty Leader: Sheila Kohanteb (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Information Session: November 21, 2013, 5pm, at the SJRC, 106 St. Stephen St.

Term: Summer I


  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement
  • SOCL3471 Social Conflict and Community Services Abroad


The Primary objective of this program is to assist students in learning about the causes, consequences, and possible solutions for social conflict in Northern Ireland. The academic portion of this Dialogue will cover readings from sociology, political science, gender studies, education, and history (and more), about the nature of the conflict and conflict resolution in Northern Ireland. Attention is also given to helping students see beyond their customary social experiences and academic disciplines. The students will work on projects that deal in some way with social conflict, broadly defined.  A portion of their research will be tied to performing community service in a specific organization in Belfast as well as working with Northern Ireland youth on a group project. In-depth reflection on their work, individual experiences, readings, and related social issues will occur through group interactions, reaction summaries, and focused discussions in class seminars. Each student will write an analytic paper that ties in theoretical issues with their research experiences. Students will be hosted at Queens University in Belfast, and will travel throughout the country visiting important historical and cultural sites.