6 JULY 19 AUGUST 2017
Peace & Conflict Resolution Graduate Summer School
A unique dualcenter Summer School Combine 30 Graduate-Level ECTS Credits
With first-hand experiences and interactions
And a supportive co-curricular program
Spend 4 weeks in Israel Followed by 2 weeks in Ireland
Your Learning Experience Bar-Ilan University Course Structure
Maynooth University Course Structure
1) Culture: Conflict and Cooperation
2) Religion and Peacebuilding: Jewish and Islamic Models in Texts, Theory and Practice 3) Collective Memory and Narrative in IdentityBased Conflict and Cooperation 4) From IdentityBased Conflict to IdentityBased Cooperation 5) Field Work/Internship at Think Tanks and/or NGOs
Post Conflict Studies: Challenges of Implementing Peace Agreements
1 Culture: Conflict and Cooperation This course is an ‘action clinic’ where students will examine their classroom experience as a “community” that faces struggle and teamwork. Culture is not a thing, but a dynamic way of thinking, feeling and acting, which includes shared values, emotions, rituals, rules of conduct and sanctioned punishments. Culture is embedded in language and practices that build community and community life. When interpersonal and intergroup conflicts arise, cultural practices and beliefs that reinforce core values play a crucial role in determining how disagreements and violence unfold and in what ways and under what conditions cooperation is acceptable or effective. The course will examine these aspects of culture and how they are relevant for the study of building resilient communities. Human Needs Theory (HNT) will serve as a valuable selfreflective and analytic tool in the course to map conflict and discuss potential interventions revealing consistent patterns of human needs across religious and cultural divides.
2 Religion and Peacebuilding: Jewish and Islamic Models in Texts, Theory and Practice It is increasingly becoming evident that for peace and conflict resolution approaches to be effective and sustainable they must take into consideration the religio cultural traditions of the communities involved. As such, Judaism and Islam have direct impacts on the way peace is conceptualized and the way conflicts are resolved in Islamic and Jewish societies, because they embody and elaborate upon the highest morals, ethical principles and ideals of social harmony. For that reason, conflict resolution scholars and practitioners must take into consideration the religious and cultural traditions of Jewish and Muslim communities to address conflicts involving them. Although the current image of religion is often associated with conflict and violence, in fact, notions of peacebuilding are deeply embedded in the religious vision of Islam and Judaism and Jewish and Muslim communities have developed various approaches and tools to address conflicts. Exploring different perspectives and drawing links between Islamic, Jewish and Western conflict resolution approaches, this course will explore principles, values, and practices of peace and conflict resolution rooted in Jewish and Islamic texts and traditions. This is an interactive course in which students are expected to engage with the ideas and thoughts presented in the class through the study of religious texts, dialogue, theoretical academic research and meeting with practitioners engaged in religious peacebuilding in the context of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict.
3 Collective Memory and Narrative in Identity-Based Conflict and Cooperation The course examines the collective memory (CM): the way a society and its members view its past events. Specifically, it addresses the CM that societies hold about inter and intrastate conflicts, genocide, despotic regimes, the Holocaust, severe human rights abuses, and colonialism (hereafter “conflicts”). CM is of major importance and relevance because it significantly influences the psychological reactions of people in conflicts and consequently their behavioral reactions. The official memory also influences the positions of nations in peace negotiations and their status in the international arena. We will explore various aspects of CM about conflicts including major theories, experiences and types. We will also examine functions of CM, the institutions that shape it, the impact of present interests, and narratives used to describe it. Moreover, we will explore the impact of the CM on the psychological reactions. Various ways CM has been used in trying to creatively engage identitybased conflicts will be examined. These include national and international commemorations (e.g. Holocaust remembrance day), Truth and Reconciliation Committees (TRCs), and Transitional Justice processes. Various historical case studies will be used to exemplify the above phenomena, with an emphasis on IsraeliPalestinian CMs and narratives. In summary, students will discover in this seminar how CM and the narratives used to describe it are often sources of conflict and can become sources of cooperation.
4 From Identity-Based Conflict to Identity-Based Cooperation This course is organized around the recent edited book called From IdentityBased Conflict to IdentityBased Cooperation (Springer, 2012), which advances efforts to understand and creatively engage this type of conflict and promote cooperation out of it. This course provides new conceptual and applied tools for enhancing creative conflict engagement among individuals, groups and nations facing deep identitybased divisions. The main pedagogical approach in this course is that of reflexive engagement with the ideas and practices presented in it, as well as with faculty and each other. Thus, students and lecturers will engage in joint inquiry. Additional pedagogical tools will be small group discussions, reflexive journals, practical exercises and simulations. In short, this course is dialogical in nature and conduct.
5 Field Work/Internships Students will work in leading Think Tanks as well as in peace and coexistence NGOs (many of them managed jointly by Jews and Palestinians). In the former institutions they will join a researcher or a project team and will assist in gathering data, analyzing it, and writing policy papers about political issues. In the latter possibility, the students will work in NGOs that promote peace and coexistence through various types of activities (e.g., educational, religious, sport, cultural, artistic and legal). In this framework, for example, they will learn about the NGOs’ activities and take part in them, develop educational projects, assist in fund raising and social media development, and take part in other daytoday duties of running the NGOs. Accepted students will receive a list of the possible internships, to choose from.
Post Conflict Studies Challenges of Implementing Peace Agreements This module focuses on creating conditions where successful transitions to peace are possible and explores the political, security and economic challenges entailed in preventing the failure of peace agreements. Selected intrastate (civil) and interstate (international) conflicts are studied. Master classes are held with key actors in implementing peace agreements and in the Irish Peace Process. Previous guests were Baroness Nuala O'Loan, Ms Liz O'Donnell and Mr Bertie Ahern. Students develop enact and present to the class the delivery and outcome of a practical project in peacemaking. On successful completion of the module, students should be able to: Critically analyse and discuss various approaches to the study of peacemaking with application to civil and international conflicts Discuss and critique the nature of conflict transformation Critically discuss the dynamics of memory and forgiveness in peacemaking. Discuss the ingredients of transitional justice, impunity, amnesty and restorative and apply these to interstate and intrastate conflicts. Demonstrate an understanding of bottom up approaches to recovery such as storytelling, gacacca, trauma recovery and restorative processes Critically analyse the nature and purpose of dialogue with particular reference to the war in the Middle East. Demonstrate an integration of learning in the field of peace process studies through the creation, enactment and analysis of a peace process project developed out of the United Nations declaration for a Culture of Peace.
Your Program Package
What's Included in Your Summer
on-Campus Accommodation Apartment-style Living
Meals Two Meals in Isreal; Lunch in Ireland: Welcome and Leaving Receptions
All Tuition and Transcripts
Including pre-arrival material from Israel
Available to Support and Lead you throughout
Academic Field Trips
Facilities & Airport Transfers
Explore and enjoy Israel and Ireland with us
Including 3 nights in Belfast
Use of All University Facilities
BarIlan offers students dormitorystyle accommodation. There are a variety of options which can be discussed with your summer school application staff.
Accommodation Stay in a single room in our apartmentstyle accommodation. You will be in our Village apartment complex, in an apartment with 5 bedrooms, 2 washrooms and a large living/kitchen area. Our kitchens come stocked with cooking utensils and there is wifi throughout. Your towels and bed linens are changed weekly and there is a daily housekeeping service. Laundry is onsite.
Tradition of Excellence
BarIlan University (BIU) was established in 1955. The University awards BA, MA, PhD and MD degrees on our Ramat Gan campus just outside Tel Aviv and in our six regional colleges across Israel. Over 30,000 students are enrolled in the eight Faculties that oversee 120 Departments and Centers. Over 8,000 different courses are taught annually. The Interdisciplinary Studies Unit at BIU runs the Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation (CRMN) Graduate Center and its mediation and research center. Students come from all walks of Israeli Jewish, Muslim and Christian societies. Together faculty and students examine the utility of models and techniques in negotiation, diplomacy and conflict resolution training in a wide range of issues of central importance to both Israeli and global societies.
Where Old Meets New
Located on one of Ireland’s oldest sites of learning, Maynooth is also Ireland’s newest university. The site of the south campus has been a centre of learning since at least 1425 but Maynooth was formally founded in 1795 as St. Patrick’s College, Ireland’s ‘national’ seminary. In 1997 Maynooth University was founded as part of the National University of Ireland, Today Maynooth University has approximately 11,000 students from over 90 countries. This summer Maynooth University welcomes you to share in our history, heritage and future! Maynooth is Ireland's only university town, just 30 minutes from Dublin and bustling with a welcoming community, shops, restaurants and lots of facilities. Whatever you need is just a few steps away that's the beauty of Maynooth!
PROGRAM FEE â‚¬8580
APPLICATION DEADLINE April 28th 2017
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