Social Justice

Study Abroad programs that offer Social Justice coursework

Bolivia Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change – Cochabamba
This curriculum explores how concepts of community well-being and cultural identity are being creatively redefined in Bolivia, a country with 36 ethnic groups and the first indigenous president in South America.

Ability to follow coursework in Spanish is required.
China Language, Cultures, and Ethnic Minorities – Kunming
Based in Yunnan Province, home to a rich diversity of minority communities and traditions, this program examines the social, environmental, economic, and cultural factors shaping Yunnan’s and China’s future.

Jordan Modernization and Social Change – Amman
This program examines critical issues in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a moderate Arab state confronting political responsibilities, modernization, social change, and the effects of regional conflicts and an ensuing refugee crisis.

Morocco Multiculturalism and Human Rights – Rabat
This program examines human rights, religion, politics, and cultural diversity in Morocco contextualized within the broader region and beyond. Students consider Morocco’s cultural, historical, and ecological diversity and the role Morocco has played — historically and to the present day — in relation to Africa and Europe. A particular focus on gender issues includes looking at women’s roles in contemporary Moroccan society and Moroccan feminism.

Morocco Migration and Transnational Identity – Rabat
This program examines the factors driving internal and international migration in Morocco and elsewhere in North and sub-Saharan Africa. Students consider how human mobility is shaped by religion, security, youth culture, desertification, poverty, and other pressing issues and how mobility engenders transnational art and multilayered identities.

Program may include field site visit to the Netherlands.
Netherlands International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender – Amsterdam
The program examines the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, class, and religion and highlights the experiences of the growing number of individuals living in these intersections. It interrogates how identity is affected by gender, sexuality, race, religion, and class, both as they are experienced and as they are perceived.

Previous college-level coursework or other preparation in sexuality and/or gender studies required.
Nepal Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples – Kathmandu
This program’s curriculum examines Tibetan and Himalayan politics and religion and the contemporary issues faced by communities in exile, particularly in the case of Tibet.

Nepal Development and Social Change – Kathmandu
This program examines the multidimensional ways in which development is reshaping a traditionally rural society into one that is rapidly becoming globally connected and modern. Study how an emerging civil society considers issues of labor migration, caste, class, gender, religion, and global markets to redefine Nepal in the twenty-first century.

Nicaragua / Cuba Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media – Managua
In this program, students examine youth culture, advocacy, social change, and expression, across two generations in Nicaragua, and gain comparative perspectives on youth issues during an excursion to Cuba. Students are immersed in the politically charged discourse, poetry, and literature of these two fascinating countries.

Ability to follow coursework in Spanish is required.
Samoa Pacific Communities and Social Change – Apia
This program studies processes of change in Samoa and other Pacific communities. Students consider the impact of development and globalization pressures including environmental security, understanding wealth and poverty in the Pacific islands, challenges for women in political leadership, and the critical historical role of the church and social action in Samoa.

Program may also include filed site visits to American Samoa and Fiji.
Serbia Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans – Belgrade
The program explores the origins of the conflicts in the Balkans, from the breakup of Yugoslavia to the violent wars of the 1990s, as well as current challenges and opportunities in post-conflict transformation.

Switzerland International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy – Geneva [Semester] International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy – Geneva [Summer]
The program’s thematic seminars address the most contemporary international issues within an interdisciplinary framework. Coursework addresses the political, economic, security, strategic, and environmental dimensions of the rapidly evolving international system in the context of globalization and examine the strategies and responses of international, supranational, and nongovernmental organizations to current challenges to peace and stability.

Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in international studies or a related academic discipline, such as political science or prelaw required.

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