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Peace and Conflict in Japan

Zen Circles in Japanese Garden

Photo Credit Adryan Phillips, Study Abroad Participant 2018


  • Faculty Leader: Doug Byrd (douglas.byrd@pcc.edu)
  • Dates:  Estimated dates: Depart U.S. August 7 in Japan August 8-August 27
  • Location(s): Tokyo, Japan with travel to Hiroshima Osaka and Kyoto
  • Course: PS/SOC 211 Peace and Conflict
  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115, and MTH 20, or equivalent placement, or instructor approval.
  • Program Type: Standalone (the entire course is taught abroad)
  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline: February 22, 2023
  • Program Fee: Estimated Expense Sheet PS211 or SOC211 2023

Program Description

In this peace and conflict course, students are exposed to the consequences of violence and conflict in an area of the world which experienced devastation during WWII. Taking a closer look at why political movements can turn violent, and examining alternatives to violence, students will experience firsthand modern Japan. The country is now a world center for peace studies and proves a wonderful demonstration of the possibility of social change.

Program Highlights

  • Visit Museums to explore Japan’s place in Asian history
  • Overnight excursion to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Park and Peace Memorial Museum
  • Time to explore Kyoto independently

Included in Program

  • Housing for entirety of program
  • Co-curricular/cultural activities
  • Select meals (Daily breakfast, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners)
  • In-country transportation related to program
  • Entry fees
  • On-site orientation
  • International insurance
  • On-site support services
  • 24/7 emergency support throughout program
Not Included in Program
  • Round-trip airfare to Japan
  • Non-programmed meals
  • Personal spending money
  • New or renewal of passport if needed

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