The program will be a mix of classroom teaching by the lead instructor, guest lecturers, site visits, city tours, museum tours and day-long excursions. The program will first look to provide a geographical, cultural and brief historical context to the Balkans. The bulk of this will take place in Bloomington through three Friday sessions during the Spring 2013 semester. It will then develop fundamentals in development and international security studies. Once these are established, the course will shift to discussing the conflict that engulfed the region during the 1990s and the negotiations that brought the conflict to a close. It will then highlight the challenges facing the region in a post conflict environment and discuss what has been done to keep the peace, reconcile political differences and build the economy. The course will start with more time spent in the classroom with increasing on-site learning as the course progresses.
Topics Covered: Regional study, conflict, post-conflict reconciliation and economic development; Institutional Partner: University of Zagreb, Center for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS)
SPEA in the Balkan potential excursions will include:
- Ston & the Peljesac Peninsula: History, cultural awareness and economic sectors of development (oysters, salt, wine).
- Shelling of Dubrovnik Tour: Better understand impact, what happened and the challenges of reconstruction.
- War Photography Museum: Better understand the effects war has on people.
- Dubrovnik city walls and Lokrrum Island: Get a better appreciation and understanding of the history of Dubrovnik and the surrounding areas.
- Mostar: Key place to understand the conflict between Croats and Muslims and view efforts concerning reconciliation.
- Sarajevo History Museum: Good collection of artifacts from the city’s history and the siege.
- Siege of Sarajevo Tour: Get a real perspective to what fighting and life was like during the conflict.
- Srebrenica: Understand the geographical and ethnic composition of the area. Gain perspective on the genocide that took place there.
V482 is in the following undergraduate majors. To find out how this fits into your specific degree, please see your academic advisor.