Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo and Srebrenica

Learning from the past - 20 Years after the Bosnian War: Education for Reconciliation and Lasting Peace in Post-Conflict Societies

when 27 June 2015 - 8 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 250

The International Summer School “Learning from the past – 20 Years After the Bosnian War: Education for Reconciliation and Lasting Peace in Post-conflict Societies” provides an opportunity to undergraduate and graduate students to meet and study with people from different countries, cultures and academic disciplines, on a cosmopolitan campus in Sarajevo. Marking 20 years since the end of the devastating war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this summer school commemorates the events by remembering and discussing the past atrocities but also by learning from and moving beyond the tragic events in the past in order to achieve lasting peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region. A range of teaching and learning approaches and strategies will be utilized - delivered in a form of lectures, class discussions, workshops, field visits and conferences - and focused on comparative studies enabling the participants to learn in an experiential and cross-cultural context .

Course leader

Nerkez Opacin

Target group

The International University of Sarajevo welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. We invite applications from across the globe and from both undergraduate and graduate students interested in the topics related to international relations, conflict analysis and resolution, peace research, security studies, preventing diplomacy, anthropology, international law, history, sociology and ethnicity studies. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years.The participants are expected to have developed, or are in the process of developing, some basic background knowledge of and show interest in the Balkans, BiH and post-conflict issues affecting societies after violence.

Course aim

This summer school will provide an opportunity to filter previously generated knowledge in regard to conflict resolution and further advance methodological tools and techniques applicable to research in the field of genocide, transitional justice, post-conflict resolution, peace-building, security studies, preventing diplomacy, international law, sociology, anthropology and other associated fields. Furthermore, it will promote active involvement of participants in order to better understand each other's ethnic background and challenge existing stereotypes and myths about the ‘Other’.

The summer school will apply an integrative interdisciplinary perspective drawing on a variety of disciplinary approaches inherent to existent methodological frameworks of social sciences. Its overall aim is to capitalize from the previous academic and professional work and research relating to dealing with the past, transitional justice and reconciliation in post-conflict societies.

Credits info

1.5 ECTS
The students will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the summer school. Furthermore, we will issue a statement regarding the number of ECTS credits we would assign to this course, based on the number of hours spent in class, preparation time and completed assignments. Your university can then evaluate this course and decide whether they will indeed award ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 250: Three packages are available Local, Silver and Gold.

Scholarships

In case a participant does not want to visit the four-day-long fieldtrip to Srebrenica she or he can have a reduction of 120 EURO on each package. IUS is in the process of securing additional funds from sponsors and funding bodies; scholarships might be a