Conflicts over collective Identity - including issues of Religion, Narratives and Culture - abound in our world today. This interdisciplinary four-week program (July each year) offers 10 academic credits (five courses, taught in English, including an internship in NGOs and think tanks) that address these conflicts. Students receive a certificate of participation upon completion of all five courses (issued by the University’s Program on Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation). The M.A. level academic credits can be recognized in conjunction with the policy of the students' home universities. The program provides - through on-site experiential and traditional learning - theoretical insights and practical training. It offers a diverse student environment, and consists of seminars, workshops, simulations, guest lectures, and several full-day study tours, providing theoretical insights and conflict resolution practical training. Individual courses (6 days each) can also be taken. Admission is open to holders of undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as current advanced undergraduate students and current graduate students. Our participants come from all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities (including conflict resolution practitioners, as well as the general public).
THE FIVE COURSES: 1) From Identity-Based Conflict to Identity-Based Cooperation; 2) Culture: Conflict and Cooperation; 3) Religion and Peacebuilding: Jewish and Islamic Models in Texts, Theory and Practice; 4) Collective Memory and Narrative in Identity-Based Conflict and Cooperation; 5) Field Work/Internship.
WHY THIS SUMMER CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM AT BIU, ISRAEL?
Established in 1955, Bar-Ilan is Israel's largest academic institution, with over 30,000 students, who are enrolled in the 8 Faculties that oversee 120 Departments and Centers. Over 8,000 different courses are taught annually.
The Summer Program is operated by the Program in Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation (CRMN), established in 2000. The CRMN Program offers graduate degree tracks, sponsors research, training programs, and runs a Mediation Center. The program also recently launched the Religion and Conflict Resolution Masters Track, and publishes the International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click on BIU logo above to go to the summer program’s website, or email Dr. Rafi Nets by clicking on the Visit Site button or at summer.CRidentity@biu.ac.il .
At least being close to the completion of the BA/undergraduate degree by the beginning of the Summer Program (that is, MA/graduate students or degrees’ holders are also welcome), from all disciplines in the social sciences, the liberal arts and the humanities.