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.
CONF 695-1: Approaches to Conflict Management and Resolution: Field Work with Syrian Refugees
CONF 385: Approaches to Conflict Management and Resolution: Field Work with Syrian Refugees
CONF 397: Study Abroad Special Topics
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.
Program Cost (Summer 2018): $3,890**
Hotel for all 8 nights of the course (shared rooms)
2 meals per day
In-country ground transportation
Course trainers’ and speakers' costs
International Emergency Insurance
Arrival to Amman; orientation
Meeting with women Syrian activists and overview of Project Amal ou Salam
Visit the Project Amal ou Salam School in Jerash; guided tour of Roman ruins
Visit to the women's center in Zizya or Al Hosn to facilitate a workshop on civic engagement
Visit to a children's center in Amman that focuses on trauma-affected youth; talk on media and the Syrian revolution
Meeting with refugee NGOs; panel discussion with a Syrian who works at Zaatari camp and a Syrian who works with refugees outside the camps
Visit to children's center in Irbid; meetings with activists in Amman
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
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.