This course explores the legacy of religious injustice in Ireland and Northern Ireland through understanding the cultural and historical implications of religious difference. Reconciliation attempts and the roles of communities and agencies in those attempts are identified as are the lasting influences of oppression on individuals, families, communities and the social welfare agencies that serve them.
Students will visit historical cultural sites in Ireland and Northern Ireland that provide a context for understanding the divisive as well as supportive roles that religion has played in the Irish culture. Additionally, students will visit the beautiful coastlines with historic castles and villages. The trip will include lectures and discussions with local residents and academics related to personal aspects of living through the Troubles, current curfews and gates barricading parts of Belfast overnight along with efforts to reconcile the Catholic and Protestant communities. Students of any major who are interested in social justice, recovery from oppression and integration of diverse populations will find this trip of interest.
Join us in May 2019!
International Travel Dates: May 13-22, 2019
(Depart from USA – Depart from host country)
2019 trip flyer!
Reports from the 2019 trip:
On the College of Social Work Facebook page.
Program Highlights (2019)
- Black Taxi tour of the Peace Walls
- Hiking at Carrick a Rede Rope bridge and Giant’s Causeway
- Visit to Dunlace Castle
- Tour and lecture at Clonard Monastery
- Lectures from political prisoners working with Charter N. Ireland
- Visit and volunteer project with Skainos Centre
- Walking tour of Derry
- Book of Kells
- Visiting the site of the Battle of the Boyne
- Sightseeing at Glendalough/ Co. Wicklow and Powerscourt Waterfall
- Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation