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SPEA in Croatia

Regional Study, Conflict, Post-Conflict, Reconciliation, and Economic Development

V482/V582 Topics in Public Affairs (4 cr.)

May 17 - June 4, 2014

This course will study the Balkans with a particular focus on the conflict that occurred in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s and its aftermath. The goal of this course is to offer historical context of the region, explore its cultural and ethnic diversity, discuss the conflict of the 1990s and draw lessons from its aftermath in negotiation and conflict resolution, economic development, reconciliation, peacekeeping and nation building. The course will include intensive class periods in Bloomington, 9 days in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 1 day in transit in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina and 7 days in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The major course requirements include assigned reading and viewing, attendance, in-class activities and participation, individual and group assignments, quizzes and a term paper.

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Students will stay in clean, safe and modernly equipped hotels in Dubrovnik and Sarajevo.  The hotels in both Dubrovnik and Sarajevo will provide breakfast every morning.  Lunch and dinner will be the responsibility of the student in both locations.  However, lunch and dinner will occasionally be provided by the program. 


This program requires a 3.0 GPA or better and sophomore standing or higher at the time of application (exceptions available depending on space). Open to graduate students from IU Bloomington and IUPUI as well. There are no perquisites or language requirements. Honors credit is available on an ad hoc basis.



Chemain Nanney
Assistant Director of International Programs