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SPEA in Rwanda

Peace, Conflict, and Development (4 cr.)

May 13 – May 31, 2015

NOTE: This course is still awaiting approval for Summer 2015

An estimated 800,000 Rwandans, approximately one-tenth of the total population were brutally massacred over the course of 100 days in 1994. Following the national trauma, several justice and reconciliation systems were put in place to move Rwanda towards long-term stability. The Rwandan government prioritized spending on health, education, agriculture, and infrastructure, leading to significant strides and gains in health, education, and the economy in the country. While the country moves toward development and long-term stability, inequality still permeates the country. The focus on providing the basics and eliminating corruption in the country marks a significant departure from government priorities in most other East African countries. However, despite making significant strides towards improvement, Rwanda still requires changes in issues of governance and policy in order to combat inequality within the country and gain status as a dynamic and competitive economic international powerhouse.

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Who May Apply:

The program will be open to undergraduate and graduate students. Priority will be given to undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Graduate students are eligible to apply if they are in good standing. The syllabus calls for more difficult assignments and higher research expectations for graduate students in comparison to undergraduate students.

Application Deadline

Priority Deadline:                                 December 14, 2014

Final Deadline:                                     February 14, 2015


Contact: Ashley Stevens

Overseas Program Specialist
812-856-0796, SPEA 201

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