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  • Locations: Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Restrictions: UP applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:

*Spring 2020 course at UP, then a one-week May Intensive in Belfast, Northern Ireland*



Dr. Jeff Kerssen-Griep (CST - UP) & Rev. Dr. Gary Mason (Rethinking Conflict - Belfast)

Rooted in intercultural communication and peace studies, this co-taught, 15-week spring 2020 CST course at UP in Portland explores what’s known about negotiating conflicts across culturally diverse perspectives. It provides opportunities – including firsthand, with co-teaching from experts overseas – to develop your abilities to understand and engage in effective conflict management across cultural boundaries.
Belfast Peace Wall
Study Abroad Component: This course culminates in a one-week May 2020 trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, beginning just after UP’s commencement weekend ends.
There, shepherded by UP’s Dr. Jeff Kerssen-Griep and the Rev. Gary Mason and his staff (of Rethinking Conflict, you’ll meet, tour with, and learn from prominent international negotiators, peacebuilders, and former combatants in that country’s sectarian strife and ongoing reconciliation, to coalesce course learnings in this particular context.

Spring 2020 CST 491: Learning Units (each anchored in Northern Ireland manifestations)

Unit One: Identities as Historical, Complex, Enculturated, Social, and Fraught
Unit Two: Intercultural Communication Awareness and Competence
Unit Three: Understanding Macro and Micro Conflicts in Multicultural Environments
Unit Four: Intercultural Conflict Negotiation, Mediation, Resolution, and Transformation
Unit Five: Approaching Conflicts with Cross-Cultural Peacebuilding in Mind
Unit Six: Belfast-based Case Explorations of Units One through Five in Practice

Click here for a draft itinerary: CST 491 - DRAFT Itinerary.pdf

Estimated UP student fee: approximately $2400, contingent on the number of students enrolled.
(Some scholarships available. Fee does not include flights, some meals, food en route, laundry, phone, Internet, or personal expenses.)
Enrollment Conditions: 13-student cap; Each will join the Belfast, NI trip; No course pre-requisites required  
Other Questions? Reach CST’s Dr. Jeff Kerssen-Griep at or 503-943-7167


Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.