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Geography: Belfast:Geog Peace Confl

GEOG 196 WQ1 (CRN: 15611)

2 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: GRS 196 WQ1

About GEOG 196 WQ1

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Winter Session Online Course: 12/26/17 - 1/12/18; Open to both CDE and Degree students; This course may or may not fulfill degree requirements for UVM students. Please consult with your Dean's Office if you have any questions about applicability of winter session courses toward graduation requirements. Cross listed w/GRS 196 WQ1

Section Description

Through this course you will gain an understanding of some of the key issues and complexities that surround one of the most longstanding and protracted conflicts of the 20th century – the sectarian, economic, and political struggles that engulfed Northern Ireland (and its surrounding regions) for decades. We will move beyond the rhetoric and common myths about this period to explore diverse perspectives on the violence and turmoil as well as on the cautious peace that has followed. We will investigate the roots of the conflict in the context of British imperialism, Irish nationalism, uneven development, industrialization and urbanization versus agrarian and rural lifestyles and gain an awareness for the different visions embraced by various political factions. In particular, we will explore the diverse meanings of what Northern Irish and Irish identity mean not only on the island but in the many transnational and diasporic locations that migrants have traveled to over the centuries. Finally, we will look at the efforts at peace-building that have taken place over the past twenty years and in particular the ways that sports, recreation and rebuilding the urban form have played a central role in such initiatives.

Section Expectation

This class will run as an online intensive course over the period of the winter break. This is a two-credit compressed course which will be primarily focused on reading responses, film reviews, and discussion board posts. You are expected to keep up with readings, post responses to prompts, and participate in group discussions on a daily basis throughout the course.


Reading journal 52% Film Reviews 30% Discussion Board 18%




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