This course examines the cultural and historical legacies of the Balkans, with a focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina, from prehistory to the present day. Particular emphasis will be placed on the rise and fall of various empires in the region (i.e. Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empire), and the introduction of Christianity, and subsequently Islam, to the area during the first half of the course. The second half of the course will focus on the modern history of Yugoslavia, the 1990’s conflict, and the political and economic state of Bosnia and Herzegovina today.
State Building/Peace Building
This course will serve as a Bosnian case study for Conflict Resolution. It will include a focus on the role of key diplomats, negotiators, and international intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Balkan region, as well as a contextual comparison to other state building scenarios such as Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Genocide, War Crimes and Transitional Justice
The term Bosnian genocide is used to refer either to the genocide committed by Serb forces in Srebrenica in 1995, or to the ethnic cleansing campaign that took place throughout areas controlled by the Serb Army during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and neighboring countries. The first objective of the course is to provide in-depth critical knowledge of topics related to genocide and war crimes in historical and legal perspective and then to focus on the role of the Hague Tribunal, human rights, national courts, and reconciliation efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The second objective of the course is to critically evaluate the role of law in dealing with mass crimes and transitional justice. This will be done by way of comparison of the Bosnian case with similar cases and countries. During the course, students will visit Srebrenica/Potočari and learn about the history directly on site, listen to guest speakers, lead discussions, and visit locations relevant to research. Materials used during the course will consist of selected articles and book chapters, documentaries and oral histories, in conjunction with presentations by visiting lecturers.
The goal of this course is to study security, geopolitical and geostrategic relations in the Balkans, and the development of global peace and security policies. Emphasis will be placed on the history of conflict and security in the region including contemporary wars as well as problems of world division, spheres of great forces, geopolitical order, and the influence of major players: the UN, NATO, diplomats, NGOs, and humanitarian aid organizations. Particular emphasis will be placed on areas that present challenges to modern security: terrorism, production, and sales of weapons of mass destruction, and ethnic conflict.
Bosnian/ Croatian/ Serbian Language
A basic conversational language class will be offered for students to acclimate themselves with the Bosnian language and culture. If students already have a beginning level knowledge of the language, arrangements will be made for upper level language instruction.
Seminars will be used to complement and add to the information given in the aforementioned classes. Academic lectures will be supplemented by afternoon and weekend trips to sites of historical importance, guest lectures, Q&As with local leaders, and museum visits. They will include meetings and briefings with various Political and Community leaders from around Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During their two-month stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina, participants have the option to co-op at a local or international company or organization.