SIT Graduate Institute Intensive Field Courses
|Issues in Sustainable Development: Societal Change Post-War
Dates: January 25–February 15, 2014
Professor: Charles Curry-Smithson
Course number: SDIS-5020-LIBE
Many countries today experience violent conflict of armed struggle. Many others experience latent conflict of institutionalized oppression. Others experience crises of failed political-economic systems. And all countries face challenges requiring citizens to cooperate in building just, peaceful and sustainable societies.
This three-week course takes an experiential, holistic, and critical look at the challenges facing a people in the aftermath of a brutal civil war. Through the voices of Liberians, including government officials, scholars, development practitioners, and citizen activists, the course examines the causes and consequences of war, the process of reconciliation and healing, and the strategies for building a just, equitable, and sustainable society.
Participants visit and dialogue with many key resource persons. They collectively debrief and reflect on what is being learned. Each participant chooses a topic of interest, pursues an independent inquiry project, and writes a paper on that process and their findings. Participants come together for a final symposium to share major lessons learned.
The course provides students with a practical grounding that stimulates and enhances their learning on campus and, for some students, a new focus for their choice of practicum or even their career.
Costs will be determined in the fall semester of 2013. All field courses start on the date as listed. Students must consider making appropriate travel plans to be present at the start of the course. For more information or to consult with students who took the course in 2013, contact Charles Curry-Smithson.
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