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Peace & Conflict Studies in Uganda/Rwanda

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  • City: Gulu, Uganda; Kigali, Rwanda
  • Term: Summer
  • Instruction in: English
  • Students interested in: Afroamerican and African Studies; History, International Studies, Political Science,  Psychology, Social Theory and Practice; Sociology 

Emotional maturity is necessary, as studying genocide and its aftermath may be difficult and upsetting. 

Explore the social, political, and psy­chosocial processes that precipitated genocide in Rwanda, and the emergence of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. Students earn 6 credits and learn from local historians, political scientists, and other community figures about the history, religion, politics, and the role of the state in the formation and mitigation of each conflict. Student experiences both in and outside of the classroom will enhance classroom discussion and cultural immersion. Consider how global policies, multinational interests, international and national forces, and tensions between local traditions and modernity shape—or threaten—reconciliation and recovery efforts.