Exploring contemporary conflict and justice issues, challenging personal values
“Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.”
- Helen Keller
Religion, Rights, and Relationships in Israel and the West Bank
In the spirit of collaboration, peace and global citizenship, The University of Winnipeg’s Global College and United Centre for Theological Studies have created a new field course called: Religion, Rights, and Relationships in Israel and the West Bank.
This course explores contemporary conflict and justice issues in Israeli-Palestinian relations, with particular attention to the perspectives and contributions of the three Abrahamic faith traditions, along with secular narratives. The course will meet once a week on campus, and include two weeks in Israel and the West Bank. This field portion will include guest lectures from various individuals and groups, visits to sites of historical, religious, and political significance.
A critical component of the course will emphasize the importance of listening deeply and engaging in conversations that challenge one’s personal cultural, political, or religious values and attachments.
The combination of pre-departure sessions, field experience, and post-return classes reflect the results of research on experiential education. The preparation that students receive before they embark on the experiential portion, and the subsequent processing and analysis of the experience is the key to maximizing the educational potential of a course.
This course has ten extraordinary students already registered to travel to Israel and the West Bank and to gain a greater understanding for what causes major conflict, and what effect great conflict can have on a community.
Experiential education affords students the opportunity to apply theory to a concrete experience advancing the learning outcomes of their course and program. These learning experiences can serve as a means by which students can reflect upon their learning, and potentially acquire a deeper understanding of their subject matter.
Both Global College and United Centre for Theological Studies work to foster their students as thoughtful and emphatic citizens of the world. This course will create a unique opportunity for students to witness a community in strife, and try to understand their needs and motivations. The hope is to open their minds in a way which would not be possible through pure book and lecture learning.
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The University of Winnipeg Foundation
901 - 491 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E4
Call toll-free: 1.866.394.6050.
Please make sure to mark your gift for the Field Course Fund and your gift will be counted towards this initiative!