Field School in Conflict Resolution
Human history is marked as much by attempts at reconciliation, conflict management and techniques for reducing violence as much as it is marked by outbreaks of war and violence. This course seeks to look behind the headlines, behind the blood, and to evaluate how successful we are at managing and resolving conflict in international relations. The topics, assignments and field studies undertaken will provide the basic foundation for understanding the field of conflict resolution. Students will gain an understanding of how to analyze conflict that impacts international relations. They will learn about processes for responding to conflict and resolving it and will practice specific skills that will help them learn about complex negotiations and mediations.
Speakers, group work, numerous field studies and interviews, media analysis and case studies will supplement traditional lectures and evaluations of readings.
Examples of Field Studies*
Conciliation Resources - a peacebuilding NGO supporting people at the heart of conflicts who are striving to find solutions.
Institute for War and Peace Reporting - IWPR gives voice to people at the frontlines of conflict, crisis and change. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, IWPR helps people in the world's most challenging environments have the information they need to drive positive changes in their lives.
Economic Development Foundation (IKV) – European and EU-Turkey relations.
Hayata Destek Derneği /Support To Life – International humanitarian aid organization that works with disaster-stricken communities.
Global Political Trends Center, Istanbul Kultur University – Turkish think tank contributing to on-going issues such as Armenian-Turkish and Turkish-Cyprus conflicts.
Bilgesam - a think tank who provides decision-makers with practical recommendations, policy options, and proposals in line with national interests.
Hafiza Merkezi – Centre for Truth, Justice and Memory. A civil society organization aimed at strengthening collective peace and democracy.
*subject to change.
Program Schedule 2014 Dates
June 23 – July 27
First three weeks are based in Herstmonceux Castle in southern England. Students then fly to Istanbul using Koc University as their home base for the final two weeks of the program.
Enrolment / Deadline
20 students. Apply by March 15th, 2014
Undergraduate students with Level 2 standing
Travelers to Turkey will be required to obtain a visa in advance, either through the e-visa system or through a Turkish Embassy or Consulate.
$6,400 CAD which includes tuition, residence and meal plan, transport and entrance fees for field studies, one way flight to Istanbul. Students will need additional funds for personal spending, visas, health and travel insurance, and transport to UK and home from Istanbul.
Amended January 2014