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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, General Public, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking, PhD Prerequisite: No
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Ethics, Human Rights and Peacebuilding

Italy, Summer 2020

SCARArezzo
In this course students will explore the ethics of human rights in the context of peacebuilding.  In addition to identifying the values underpinning the human rights agenda generally, students will witness human rights in action through visits to four humanitarian relief agencies operating in Italy.

Why Italy?
This is a country with a rich tradition of addressing the needs of vulnerable population groups.  A primary course activity will be visits to organizations seeking to reduce poverty, structural inequality and homelessness.  Particular attention will be given to the humanitarian services directed towards immigrants who arrived recently to this country.  This course also includes a day-trip to either Siena or Florence to view the work of the Italian masters of art whose images of vulnerable people motivated later generations to advance the cause of universal human rights.

Objectives

Learn the theories underpinning the human right agenda
Engage in a critical reflection of such theories with attention to objections raised by academics, professionals and scholars
Witness the work of four humanitarian relief organizations in Italy
Examine whether and if so how human rights theory motivates practice and practice motivates theory
 

Eligibility 

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

Credits

Students will be registered for one 3-credit course. There is an online/Blackboard component that will be open in December and must be completed before the program begins.
 

Course Options

Graduate:
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 695 Special Topics Electives
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 728 Human Rights Theory and Practice in Comparative Perspective
Undergraduate:
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 385 International Field Experience

Program Dates


May 27 - June 10, 2020


Please note this course will include an online course requirement that will be available on Blackboard on in May. Students are expected to complete the online requirements before their departure.


Itinerary

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.

Important Dates
Blackboard course opens May
Mandatory Pre-trip session May 27
Leave U.S. May 30
Arrive in Arezzo May 31
Course In-Country June 1 to June 8
Leave Arezzo June 9
Class session at GMU June 10
 
* 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.


* 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: $3,000

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, double occupancy lodging at local guesthouse, breakfast and lunch (6 days), guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, transportation in Arezzo, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Round-trip airfare* in Rome, round trip train fare from Rome to Arezzo, 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 Friday, April 5. 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 Friday, April 26. 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.
 

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:

Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:

Scholarships

Application Opens:

September 1, 2019

Application Deadline:

March 8, 2020

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

  bree
Name Bree Burke
Email bburke5@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-1300

Academic Director

  daniel
Name Dr. Daniel Rothbart
Email drothbar@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-4474
 
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 01/01/2020 02/01/2020 05/26/2020 06/10/2020