Global Seminar Winter Break 2019–20: Investigate ethical leadership while studying the historical, cultural, and political events that led to the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland.
|Location||Belfast & Dublin, Ireland|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
At the mouth of the River Liffey on Ireland’s eastern coast lies Ireland’s principal city, Dublin, a mix of friendliness, colorful history, and fascinating museums, castles, and quirky statues. Approximately 100 miles north of Dublin is Belfast, Northern Ireland. Belfast was recently named a top place to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet—for good reason. Belfast has pulled off a remarkable transformation from a city defined by the Troubles and violence to a city full of restored Victorian architecture, a glittering waterfront, and a fantastic food scene.
In this Global Seminar, study leadership and social change while understanding how to engage with others in different cultural contexts to navigate important challenges facing local communities, our society, and our world. Explore different views on the future of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. Visit several “interface” areas in Northern Ireland—often viewed as a model for peace and reconciliation—where ordinary citizens and informal leaders are attempting to facilitate change and provide safe strategies to move forward from this conflict. Reflect on your own capacities for leadership and cultural competence and the role you might play on impacting important social issues back in the US.
Stay in shared apartments with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals, and some additional meals during program excursions, are included in the program fee. Eat breakfasts and all other meals at your housing or at local pubs or restaurants.
Excursions around Belfast and Dublin will assist in illuminating program coursework. Highlights and excursions may include visits to Dublin Castle, Giant's Causeway, Grianán of Aileach, Corrymeela, a nonprofit retreat center on the coast of Northern Ireland where people come from all over the world to learn how to work through conflict, and a tour of Irish Parliament.
This seminar is led by June Nobbe, the Assistant Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Director of the Office for Undergraduate Leadership Education & Development.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Field Study, Study Abroad Center, Instructor-Led|
|Program Level||4000 level coursework|
One 3-credit course
During the program, you will keep a daily reflection journal. You will be expected to adhere to an Accountability/Responsibility Contract. Example coursework may include researching a cultural difference, conducting a final oral presentation, and writing a final capstone paper.
Reflect on the shared sense of responsibility required to build and maintain community. Learn how ordinary citizens, informal leaders, community organizations, and public officials are still engaged in the path to reconciliation of a long-standing conflict and examine different leadership approaches/styles.
Identify change that has or has not stemmed from public murals, public rallies, the marching season, and protests.
Reflect on your own capacities for leadership and cultural competence and identify your role in change for an issue that is important to you.
Research the historical context of Ireland and conduct a comparative analysis between the US and Ireland.
Receive credit for: LEAD 4481
Approved for: Global Perspectives Liberal Education theme
Fulfills: Leadership Minor Elective, Nonprofit Major Elective
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Winter Break||Dec 28, 2019 – Jan 19, 2020||Oct 15, 2019|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|Winter Break 2020||TBD||TBD|
Winter Break 2019–20 Cost of Participation Forthcoming
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, program administration, housing, some meals, international health insurance, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, and local transportation. Generally, our program fees range between $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, most meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.
If you do not see a cost of participation for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.
Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||Winter Break 2020|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Leadership & Social Change in Ireland|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toAshley Metz or call at 612.626.6380.