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  • Locations: Salvador, Brazil; Vale do Iguape, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.5 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3-6 Eligible Population: General Public, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Study Abroad Host: School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Program Description:

Land, Power, and Culture in Brazil

Summer 2019

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The course Land, Human Rights, Power & Culture in Bahia, Brazil is a two-week field course working with local quilombo communities (at their request) in their struggle for economic, political, cultural, and social justice through conflict resolution approaches and multi-party engagement processes.

The field experience builds on work done in summer 2016 in collaboration with the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). Summer 2019 students will conduct interview research with local residents and community leaders as part of the action research field experience framework. Based on responses and in collaboration with quilombo community representatives, the research team (field experience students and faculty) will develop and present workshop curricula and engagement approaches that can used and adapted by various community organizations. The workshops conducted in 2016 have been adapted and presented by quilombo and landless people’s organizations to their networks of indigenous social justice activists across Bahia.
Sponsored by the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution


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


Students will be registered for two 3-credit courses for a total of 6 credits. There is an online/Blackboard component that must be completed before the program begins.

Course Options

  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 657: Facilitation Skills
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 695: Special Topic Electives

Program Dates*

June 2019

Please note this course will include an online course requirement. Students are expected to complete the online requirements before their departure.


The dates listed above are in-country days of the program. Students who arrive before the program starts or stay after the program ends are responsible for their own accommodations and all other expenses associated with independent travel.

Note: This course will include an online course requirement that will be available on Blackboard. Students are expected to complete the online requirements before their departure.

Important Dates
  Blackboard course opens  
  Mandatory Pre-trip session  
Day 1 Arrive in Salvador by mid-afternoon; get settled; money exchange, Dinner June
Day 2 S-CAR team workshop – reviewing and revising assessment, research methods, practice approaches, etc. June
Day 3 - Welcome by Dean; visit facilities; getting acquainted meeting with the Solidarity Economics team
- Workshop – overview of conflict analysis and resolution; mediation and processes for Solidarity Economics team members
- Cohort debriefing meeting and review of workshop design
Day 4 - Workshop – Solidarity Economics: history and background, overview of national and regional actions; projects and activities; contributions
- Discussions – redesign, organization of activities, etc. – both teams
- Cohort debriefing meeting and review of workshop redesign and preparations; materials
Day 5 Visit to community-based organization projects in Salvador; cultural awareness opportunities in Salvador and environs June
Day ​6 - Travel to Vale do Iguape, Cachoeira by van; get settled in
- Meeting with community workshop organizers and some community members; visit local areas of interest for the team (as planned by the community)
- Cohort debriefing meeting
Day 7 Field work in several communities – interviews with groups/organizations identified by community workshop organizers
-  Field work, continues
Day 8 - Workshop on conflict resolution and mediation - community members
- Workshop, continues
- Cohort debriefing meeting
Day 9 S-CAR team workshop and debrief; visit local sites June
Day 10 - Workshop on conflict resolution and mediation - community members
- Workshop, continues
- Cohort debriefing meeting
Day 11 - Workshop on conflict resolution and mediation - community members
- Workshop; finishes at 6 p.m.
- Cohort debriefing meeting with community workshop organizers
Day 12 - Community session and closure
- Return to Salvador
- Meet with Solidarity Economics team;
Day 13 S-CAR team workshop and debrief June
Day 14 Check out of hotel and leave Salvador for Virginia June
  Post-Trip Meeting  
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2019: $3,950

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, double occupancy hotel/guest house accommodations, breakfasts and some additional meals, program activities as described in itinerary, transportation in Brazil, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Round-trip airfare*, passport and visa fees, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the program administrator.

Program Payments

Students on S-CAR programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in two payments (Deposit + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Program Deposit: Accepted students must make a non-refundable program deposit of $500 by May, 2019. This fee is paid through the Mason Student Accounts Office. This deposit is included in the program fee.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by June, 2019. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $500 you've already paid (Deposit). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Non-Mason Students: Non-Mason students must be admitted to the University and assigned a student number prior to making payments. Please submit the "Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form" during the application phase in order to begin this process.

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Application Deadline:

April 2019


Application requirements:*

S-CAR Application Questions: This questionnaire includes questions about previous experiences and coursework relevant to your program participation.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

S-CAR Program Administrator

  Lisa Shaw
Name Lisa Shaw
Phone 703-993-8079

Academic Director

  Patricia Maulden (S-CAR)
Name Dr. Patricia Maulden
Phone 703-993-9804

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.