Peace and conflict are frequently managed through change efforts, while change is challenge and likely to lead to conflict. This course explores the relationship between peace, change, and conflict within the context of a country that has been working to reunify since 2004. Cyprus is currently divided into an occupied region in the North, populated by Turkish Cypriots and settlers from Turkey, and the Republic of Cyprus within the south part of the island, which is populated by Greek Cypriots and european ex-pats from various counties.
Students will participate in a community committed to sustainability in its organic farming and in its inclusion of voices throughout its organization. At a micro level students will experience the issues related to change and conflict. They will explore these issues at a macro level by learning from a village leader seeking to address similar concerns within his community. Finally students will work with faculty and students from campuses in each community to learn more about the micro and macro concerns relevant to moving towards reunification. Students will process the experiential contacts and lessons they receive through the lens of psychological science as they explore readings and have lectures interpreting their experiences from these perspectives. The academic goal of the Short-Term study abroad is for students to understand how the reunification process is unfolding within two communities, and to understand the impact of change management principles related to sustainable change.
The following learning outcomes will be achieved by students participating in this study abroad experience:
- Identify local issues that impact sustainability efforts in policy decision making
- Identify methodologies appropriate for evaluating change efforts within a community, system, and program.
- Predict behavioral responses to change based on behavioral science information
- understand types and applications of conflict resolution strategies
Program cost is based on final housing arrangements and will be advised by February 1. Estmated Program fee is $2,235-$2,600. The estimated flight cost is $1,600-$2,000.
Final Deadline: January, 31, 2014
$500 deposit due with application
February 15 - payment 1 due
March 15 - payment 2 due
Capital: Nicosia (Lefkosia)
Per-capita GDP: $ 29400
Size: 9251 km2
Time Zone: (GMT + 02:00 hours) Kaliningrad
US State Department
Travel Warning: NO
Country Specific Info.