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Peace and Conflict in Jordan

Peace-building and Conflict Transformation through a Humanitarian Lens

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  • Instructor: Aimee Krouskop
  • Dates:  In Country: December 21 2021 – January 6, 2022; Online course: November 15 – December 10
  • Location(s): Amman, Wadi Rum, and Petra, Jordan
  • Course: SOC 211 or PS 211, Peace and Conflict in Jordan
  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.
  • Program Type: Split Course (A portion of the course will be taught overseas)
  • Application Deadline: August 1, 2021
  • Estimated Program Fee: $3,555 (This includes in-country expenses and is separate from course tuition. Here is information on Financial Aid and scholarships)

Program Description

Study worldviews and tools used to understand and respond to conflict, and how partnership among international humanitarian bodies, human rights systems, and civil society can support peace-keeping and conflict resolution. In Amman, and during visits to spectacular heritage sites throughout the country, we’ll explore a case study of how local government, international support, refugee initiative, and Islamic culture contribute to make Jordan a remarkably hospitable and relatively peaceful society while honoring its ethnic and religious diversity.

The pre-departure content of this course is offered online during the last four weeks of Fall term, 2021.

Program Highlights

  • Accommodations provided by The American Center of Research
  • Basic Arabic sessions
  • Two-day tour of  Petra (UNESCO World Heritage) archeological site with rock-cut architecture established in the fourth century B.C. by the Nabateans, an Arab Bedouin tribe indigenous to the region.
  • Overnight stay in Wadi Rum, a breathtaking protected desert wilderness and home to the Zalabia Bedouin who make eco-adventure tourism a main source of their income.
  • At the Byzantine ruins of Umm el Jimal share a traditional Jordanian lunch prepared by Bedouin families and the project Hand by Hand Heritage.
  • Baptismal Site: An archaeological World Heritage site located on the east bank of the Jordan River. Considered to be the location of the baptism of Jesus.
  • The Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth; a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the West.
Visits and Guest Lectures with
  • Representatives of United Nations offices
  • Students at the University of Jordan and with members of the Palestine Student Movement
  • EcoPeace: bringing together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists to protect a shared environmental heritage. 
  • Collateral Repair Project: focusing on community-building, education, trauma relief, and emergency aid to refugees in Jordan who have fled violence in their home countries.
  • Generations for Peace: dedicated to sustainable conflict transformation by promoting youth leadership, community empowerment, active tolerance, and responsible citizenship.

Included in Program

  • Housing for entirety of program
  • Co-curricular/cultural activities
  • All meals
  • Airport pickup/drop-off
  • In-country transportation related to program
  • On-site orientation
  • International insurance
  • On-site support services
  • 24/7 emergency support throughout program

Not included in Program

  • Round-trip airfare to Jordan
  • Jordan Pass (covers visa fee + some entrance fees)
  • Personal spending money
  • New or renewal of passport if needed

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