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New Course - Info Session

October 25, 2016

Huron’s Political Science Department is taking flight to Rwanda and wants its students to get on board!

Open to all students across Western University, in any discipline (including those graduating spring 2017), Huron is offering a unique third year intersession course that brings a literal meaning to its title Rwanda: An Exploration into Post-Genocide Recovery and Renewal. Lead by Dr. Lindsay Scorgie-Porter, the 0.5 credit provides students with the chance to explore post-genocide recovery first hand through a two week intensive stay in Rwanda.

Rwanda is well known for its horrific 1994 genocide, in which over 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in the space of 100 days. Since then, the country has made enormous and impressive strides to recovery, becoming a beacon of relative prosperity and stability in a troubled and tumultuous region.

Yet the road to recovery is a more nuanced one than first meets the eye. There is often debate amongst academics, the international community, humanitarians, and others, over strategies for post-genocide recovery and peacebuilding. This course will expose students to this debate, exploring various facets of contemporary Rwanda in order to better understand: (1) the methods of recovery that Rwanda has pursued, and (2) political, economic, and socio-cultural dynamics of peacebuilding.

Broken down into two components, the course will begin with Huron-based preparation from January to April 2017. Here students will prepare for their travels by engaging in readings and seminar discussions to familiarize themselves with Rwanda’s history, politics, and culture. From there, the themes of the course will be brought to life through a two week stay in Rwanda from May 1st to 14 May 2017.

The maximum expected cost for students is $2,400. However, Huron will be pursing numerous funding opportunities to lower the cost. Students will need to register for the course in intersession 2017, and pay any associated university fees.

For more information on this unique opportunity please come to the information session on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall.