SOLES: Belfast LEAD 623i & EDUC 511i

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LocationCourseProfessorProgram DatesClass Sessions
Belfast, Northern IrelandEDUC 511i & LEAD 623i Educational Systems in Post-Conflict EnvironmentsDr. Lea Hubbard and Dean Linda DewsClass activities run May 25, 2022 – June 1, 2022. Classes will be offered each day and attendance at all sessions is mandatory, given the condensed schedule.  
2 Pre-sessions will be held before the trip and 1 Post-session will be held after the trip. 

Course Descriptions

EDUC 511i & LEAD 623i: Educational Systems in Post-Conflict Environments (3 units)

The main objective of this course is to support students in an investigation into the equity challenges facing educators, students and policy makers in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Paying particular attention to the role of education in perpetuating and/or ameliorating the conditions that exist in Belfast, this course investigates this largely segregated society from both a historical perspective as well as from within the context of this post-conflict era.
Northern Ireland is a country that has suffered from protracted violence, where Protestants and Catholics have refused to be educated together. Despite the political progress made in Northern Ireland, it remains a segregated society particularly evident in its schooling system. Some 1,180 schools provide education to 330,000 pupils through a bewildering array of management arrangements with many children attending religious segregated schools. The obvious fault-line of religious segregation overshadows a more insidious problem of access and performance inequalities in Northern Ireland schools. The challenge of integrating both groups of students and changing not only societal behaviors but also dispositions has been a daunting task for the Irish.  Yet, to date, we know little of the educational and social conditions that support or challenge reform efforts in Belfast.
This study of the Protestant/Catholic “troubles” both historically and in its contemporary form takes as its point of departure the idea that education plays a key role in the social construction and state of societal equity or inequity. Using a sociological lens, structural and cultural explanations for and responses to inequality are examined. In this course we enter into an important dialogue with Irish scholars, educators and citizens to capture multiple perspectives on the problems and reform decisions being made to advance opportunity.
Lessons learned from such an investigation of post-conflict Northern Ireland offers the opportunity for a more in depth comparative understanding of historical and contemporary international struggles for educational equity and education reform. As the U. S. continues to struggle with segregated schools and unequal education for many minority and low-income students, much is to be gained by examining how other countries throughout the world are attacking these problems.
Students in the M.Ed. Online program, PhD in Leadership Studies with specializations in Social Justice and in Leadership for International School Leaders are also encourage to apply. Graduate students in the Kroc School Masters Programs and the Master of Arts in International Relations are also eligible to take this course after seeking clearance from their respective departments.

Estimated Program Costs 

Tuition ($850 per unit)$2,550
Estimated Program Expenses$1,320
Global Study Fee$400
Total Estimated Expenses and Fees (does not airfare) $4,270

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for this program is $850 per unit. 
  2. ESTIMATED PROGRAM EXPENSES are estimated at $1,320. The program fee includes on-site logistical items such as lodging, classroom rentals, speakers, some group activities, meals and transportation to class activities. If you apply and are accepted to this program then withdraw, any costs incurred on your behalf will be charged to your student account. Students who withdraw after December 5th will be charged all program fees estimated at $1,320. 
  3. GLOBAL STUDY FEE is $400. A non-refundable charge of $150 will be placed on your student account for all withdrawals after Nov 5th. Any withdrawal on or after November 15th, the entire $400 will be placed on your student account. 
  4. ACCOMMODATION costs are built into the program.  Housing is provided from May 25 (check in date) to June 1 (check out date). Additional housing charges may be assessed if students drop the class after hotel accommodations are made on their behalf. Accepted students will be provided with further information regarding the group hotel and will be asked their housing preferences.
  5. AIRFARE is not charged to your student account. Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate.
  6. WITHDRAWAL/REFUND POLICY.  If at any point after enrolling in the program you decide that you wish to cancel your participation, you must submit written notification to the Global Center <>. A simple email will suffice. The information on the cancellation policy can be found here: SOLES Cancellation Policy- Global Study Spring 2021


The application window for the program is from Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 12:00pm to Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 11:59PM. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by November 5, 2021. Further information will be provided to accepted students.  If you have already opened an online application, continue working on it by visiting the direct login page.

Visa Information

Accepted students should apply immediately for any necessary tourist visas. Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you may apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa. Contact Lindsay Allen, SOLES Global Center Coordinator for an introductory letter and proof of insurance if required. The information provided below applies to U.S. citizens. Please review the United Kingdom government website for instructions on entry/exit requirements.

U.S. citizens may enter the United Kingdom for purposes of tourism without a visa if they present their U.S. passport, valid for at least six months after their date of entry into United Kingdom, and a return ticket to the United States or an onward ticket to another country.


Additional Questions

Assistant Director
SOLES Global Center
University of San Diego
Phone: (619)260-5901

Program Notes

This course pays particular attention to the role of education in perpetuating and/or ameliorating the conditions that exist in Northern Ireland. This course investigates this largely segregated society from both a historical perspective as well as from within the context of this post-conflict era.

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Program Details

Term: Spring - 2022
Program Dates: May 25, 2022 - Jun 1, 2022
App Deadline: Oct 26, 2021

Program Location: Belfast, United Kingdom

Program Type: Graduate- SOLES

Advisor(s): Lindsay Allen -

Professor(s): Dean Linda DewsDr. Lea Hubbard

Disciplines Offered: Leadership StudiesLeadership Studies (LEAD)Learning and TeachingSchool of Leadership and Education Sciences Graduate

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