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  • Locations: Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
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:

Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Bosnia & Herzegovina

In the 1990s, Bosnia was the focal point of the most tragic war that Europe and the Balkans had seen since World War II. It was also the scene of major war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and acts of genocide that transfixed Europe and the world. At the same time, nothing is what it seems in racial and ethnic wars. Bosnia was also the scene of heroic gestures across enemy lines between peacebuilding Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Countless lives were saved by individual heroes, and communities of care were established. This is a story of conflict management, peacebuilding, and reconciliation between extraordinarily heroic people. This combines with a tale of horror, and a stubborn persistence of managed ceasefire that has not led to positive change and reconciliation. In this course, students will study the tragedy of inter-ethnic and inter-religious war, the heroic efforts to do just the opposite, and the implications for global war and global peace. We will meet major figures of interreligious peacebuilding, leading organizations, and average people creatively engaged in positive change. 
 
Course Topics
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Conflict management in the midst of war
  • Post-war reconciliation work
  • Interfaith peacebuilding during and after war
  • Justice and peace
  • Trauma and healing
  • Education for sustainable peace
During our stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina, we will engage in conversations with organizations, institutions, and individuals, such as the following:
  • Father Ivo Markovic, recipient of the Tanenbaum Peacemakers in Action award and founder of the interfaith Pontanima Choir
  • Tunel Spasa (Tunnel of Hope)
  • Most Mira Project
  • Jakob Finci, President of the Jewish Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Institute for Islamic Bosnian Tradition
  • Key scholars and practitioners working on interfaith peacebuilding in the Balkans

Program Details

Credits Offered:

Undergraduate:

  • CONF 385: International Field Experience
  • CONF 397: Study Abroad Special Topics

Graduate:

  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 695:Selected Topics

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including those who do not attend George Mason University.

Housing

Hotel

Program Cost (Summer 2018): $3890


Save $200 when you apply by March 1 and pay your deposit by March 15!

Included:
  • Tuition (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
Not included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Additional Meals
  • Personal Spending

Program Itinerary*

May 26, 2018 - June 3, 2018

*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

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/11/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/26/2018 06/03/2018

** 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.