Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Bogota, Colombia (PLSC 300)

Faculty-Led Summer Program

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PLSC 300D: Conflict Management

Program Highlights

  • Learn Understand research on conflict management, theories and findings on conflict outcomes, and how the Colombian case illustrates of these concepts.
  • Experience Students will learn about how the conflict in Colombia shaped its culture through hearing from local speakers, visiting local museums, and reading course materials.
  • Transform Colombia at this moment in history offers students an especially unique experience. Students will gain a tolerance for ambiguity as it relates to complex conflict. Concepts of truth and justice, right and wrong, victim and aggressor are complicated. By broadening their perspectives, students will likely gain a greater understanding their selves and their values.

Program Description

Cradled by the Andes, Bogota offers a blend of cosmopolitan cool and colonial history. Colombia’s vibrant capital offers sophisticated restaurants and attractions as well as grittier “barrios”. Students will have the opportunity to experience both sides of Colombia: visiting the famous museums as well as touring neighborhoods. Witness history as the country transitions from extreme violence to a rising Latin American star.

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Course Description

This course considers a variety of different approaches to international conflict management: direct bargaining, mediation, military intervention, economic sanctions, arbitration, adjudication, and peacekeeping. In addition to learning about the differences among these various conflict resolution techniques, we will also talk about factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of successful conflict resolution and prevent the reoccurrence of conflict. We will examine the role of regional and international institutions, such as the United Nations, can play in the conflict management process. All of these concepts will be taught broadly then applied to the Colombian case.

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Course Offering:

PLSC 300D: Conflict Management

All students on the program will be enrolled in this three credit hour course. This course fulfills the following academic requirements:

  • PLSC Majors and Minors
  • Peace Studies 
  • International Studies

Taught By:

Dr. Molly M. Melin
International Relations
Department of Political Science

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Housing & Meals

Provided through Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.


May 14-24, 2018

Program Costs

Program Fee: 1,315


  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • All program academic excursions and activities
  • Lectures from local experts
  • On-site program support from local staff and Loyola faculty
  • Loyola international health insurance

Tuition Fee: $2,310

  • Three credit hours of Loyola summer term tuition (graduate students must pay the graduate tuition rate)

Total Cost: $3,625

Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare (Chicago - Bogotá, Colombia) approximately $450
  • Personal spending money

Application Process

Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

As part of the online application you must:

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements to study abroad
  2. Upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt
  3. Pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee

For more information, contact Kelly Heath in the Office for International Programs at kheath2@luc.edu or 773.508.3307; or contact Dr. Molly M. Melin at mmelin@luc.edu.