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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, General Public, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking, PhD
Type of Program: Faculty-led Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Field Work with Syrian Refugees in Jordan

This class will look at the Syrian tragedy from a critical perspective of experiments in conflict resolution interventions from their pre-war stage inside Syria to their current mid-war period. Students will learn about the challenges facing Syrian refugees, meet with activists and humanitarian workers, and learn from organizations attempting to address these challenges and mitigate the disastrous results of the conflict. This is a service-learning course that brings students face-to-face with the refugee situation and the realities of the conflict on the ground. In partnership with Project Amal ou Salam, students complete several days of service work over the course of the trip. Students will stay in Amman and travel to refugee areas north of the city to volunteer with schools sponsored by Project Amal ou Salam.


Program Details

Credits Offered

Undergraduate:
  • CONF 385: Approaches to Conflict Management and Resolution: Field Work with Syrian Refugees
Graduate:
  • CONF 625: Engaging Conflict
  • CONF 695-1: Approaches to Conflict Management and Resolution: Field Work with Syrian Refugees

Eligibility

This program runs in two cycles: Spring Break and Summer. Both terms are open to all undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students. Non-Mason students are welcome to apply. 

Housing

Hotel

Program Cost (Spring Break 2018): $3890**

** SAVE $200 when you apply before November 1st and pay your deposit by November 15!

Included:
  • 3 credits
  • Hotel for all 8 nights of the course
  • 2 meals per day
  • In-country ground transportation
  • Cultural excursions
  • Entrance fees
  • Course trainers’ and speakers' costs
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Personal spending
  • Some meals

Program Itinerary*

Day 1 Arrival to Amman; orientation
Day 2 Meeting with women Syrian activists and overview of Project Amal ou Salam
Day 3 Visit the Project Amal ou Salam School in Jerash; guided tour of Roman ruins
Day 4 Visit to the women's center in Zizya or Al Hosn (Palestinian and Syrian refugee camps)
Day 5 Visit to a children's center in Amman that focuses on trauma-affected youth; talk on media and the Syrian revolution
Day 6 Meeting with refugee NGOs; panel discussion with a Syrian who works at Zaatari camp and a Syrian who works with refugees outside the camps
Day 7 Visit to children's center in Irbid; meetings with activists in Amman
Day 8 Visit to a rehabilitation center and discussion with the Syrian women who run it; farewell dinner

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed


Contact Information

Associate Director
Michelle Everson
meverson@gmu.edu
(703) 993-4473

Instructor
Dr. Marc Gopin
Ms. Hind Kabawat

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 07/10/2017
**
Rolling Admission 08/12/2017 08/20/2017
Spring Break 2018 11/10/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/10/2018 03/18/2018

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