Uganda and Rwanda: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin (Summer)


None required, but background in peace and conflict resolution, social justice, human rights, or similar studies is strongly recommended.

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Lectures and discussions with professors and professionals working in the fields of conflict mitigation, resolution, and prevention provide both a theoretical framework and a historical context in which to situate the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Acholi region of Uganda and the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

In both Uganda and Rwanda, one week of classroom discussions, readings, and lectures addresses the history, contemporary politics, and role of the state in each conflict. Students then visit carefully selected sites to study the issues firsthand and to observe the current climate. Cultural immersion and interactions with homestay families complement these studies.

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Peace and Conflict Seminar - syllabus (PDF)
(PEAC 3000 / 6 credits / 90 class hours)
The course examines the historical, political, and social dimensions of the conflicts in the Lake Victoria Basin with a focus on northern Uganda and Rwanda. Major topics include the sources and root causes of conflict, political and social aspects of the genocide, migration and refugee issues, the UN Tribunal, and the Gacaca court system in Rwanda.

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Credits: 6

Duration: 6 weeks

Program Base: Gulu, Uganda, and Kigali, Rwanda

Prerequisites: No prerequisites, but students will benefit from a background in peace and conflict resolution, social justice, human rights, and/or African history and politics. Psychological stability and emotional maturity are required in order for students to co Read more...


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