Why Uganda & Rwanda?
Uganda and Rwanda offer important case studies on conflict causation, mitigation, and prevention. The war in Uganda ended in 2007, but its political, economic, and social ramifications are are still felt. Survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which resulted in the deaths of nearly one million people, now live side by side. You’ll visit refugee settlements and genocide memorials and examine reconciliation efforts in each country. You will discover what facilitates and hinders the success of these efforts and consider how these cases can inform an understanding of conflict elsewhere.
Both countries provide context that allow you to examine reconciliation models and push you to consider the roles of ordinary citizens, government, and international actors in these efforts.
You will also explore the rich culture and wildlife of Uganda and Rwanda through safaris.
Online and In Person
The program will begin with one week of online courses on July 6. The first week online will set the stage for the program, lay ground rules, and identify and begin to delve into the issues you will encounter in country, including history and history making, identity, nation states and nationalism, positive and negative peace, and direct and structural violence.
- Learn how to critically assess measures to prevent conflict and mitigate its impact.
- Gain an understanding of Uganda and Rwanda’s active resettlement and reconciliation efforts.
- Be immersed in the cultures of both countries through two two-week homestays.
- Go on a safari in Murchison Falls National Park.
While there are no course prerequisites for the program, psychological stability and emotional maturity are required to enable students to engage effectively with these difficult subjects.