Spring Semester Course Dates: See Canvas
International Travel Dates: May 13 - 22, 2019
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
This program explores the legacy of religious injustice in Ireland and Northern Ireland through a focus on the 30-year conflict known as The Troubles, as well as the reconciliation attempts made since the conflict officially ended in 1998.
Students will visit historical sites in Ireland and Northern Ireland that provide a context for understanding the divisive as well as supportive roles that religion has played in the Irish culture. Students will also hear from members of the various communities that have been involved in conflict and its resolution in order to develop appreciation for the complexities of The Troubles, as well as the challenges and opportunities in bringing reconciliation and promoting social justice to those negatively impacted by the conflict.
Finally, students will visit the beautiful coastlines with historic castles and villages, and time will be spent in both Belfast, Northern Ireland and Dublin, Ireland. Students of any major who are interested in social justice, recovery from oppression and integration of diverse populations will find this program of interest.
For a sample of the day-by-day itinerary, click here!
- Hear guest lectures on the legacy of religious injustice in Ireland, including a lecture from a Queens University faculty member about Reconciliation after the Troubles.
- Explore cultural sites in Belfast, Dublin and Wicklow including the Giant's Causeway, Powerscourt Waterfall, and Carrick-a-Rede!
- Visit the sites of the Troubles as well as as the famed murals of Belfast depicting the healing and reconciliation of the religious conflict.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
- Students will enroll in SW 580: Exploring the Legacy of Injustice in Ireland and Northern Ireland (3 credit hours).
Housing & Meals
Students will reside in a hotel while in Belfast and a hostel while in Dublin. Breakfast will be included each day, as will two group dinners, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.