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, Graduate Students|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
While Northern Ireland is often viewed as a model for peace and reconciliation, more walls have gone up since the peace agreement was signed, and there is still pervasive segregation between Catholics and Protestants. In this seminar, we will visit several “interface” areas where ordinary citizens and informal leaders are attempting to facilitate change and provide safe strategies to move forward from this conflict. We will also learn about the role of elected officials and how their views and strategies might be similar or different from the community organizations.
The Brexit discussion and implementation in the past few years has also reopened the divide that was present during the Troubles. The challenges currently facing the two major parties (Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party) in Northern Ireland to work together and compromise will provide a good comparative analysis with the US structure of governance.
Throughout the seminar, explore different views on the future of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We will cover the historical, cultural, and political events that led to the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. We will examine the ethics of the role that the United Kingdom played, as well as the strategies used by leaders on both sides in Northern Ireland.
Through excursions and assignments, you will reflect on your capacity for leadership and cultural competence, as well as how you might use them to impact change on a social issue important to you.
You will live in shared housing with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals, and some other additional meals, are included in the program fee. Additional meals can be prepared in the housing or taken at local eateries.
This program will be based primarily in Dublin and Belfast. Excursions may include:
Evan Witt is the Assistant Director for Leadership Training and Development with the Office for Undergraduate Education and an instructor in the Leadership minor.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Field Study, Study Abroad Center, Instructor-Led|
|Program Level||4000-level coursework|
One 3-credit course
You will be assessed on attendance, participation, and assignments throughout the course. Assignments include a journal, papers, and digital story presentations.
Receive Credit for: LEAD 4481
Liberal Education Fulfillments: Global Perspectives
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Winter Break||Dec 27, 2020 – Jan 17, 2021||Oct 15, 2020|
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 2021||TBD||TBD|
Winter Break 2020–2021 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 $6,800–$7,200. 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 2021|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Leadership & Social Change in Ireland|
|Track Name||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 toAmy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.