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  • Locations: Pristina, Kosovo
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: Drake applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Drake Administered Housing Options: Hotel
Credit Type: Drake Credit Language of Instruction: English
Provider: Drake University
Program Description:
EDU199/HONR194: Kosovo: Repairing and Rebuilding
Matthew Hayden
AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding (pending); Historical Foundations (pending); Honors (pending)
Kosovo is a new country that declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, and was formally recognized by the United Nations in 2017. Its geographic location—a land-locked region of mildly rolling valleys of farmland surrounded by mountains—meant that it has been both isolated and invaded throughout its history. That location has been a highway for various empire-builders for centuries, as a link between Europe and the Middle East. As a result, within an area the size of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa, there are 12 countries containing 10 different languages, three different main religions (Easter Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Islam). For most U.S. citizens,

Kosovo is ‘that place where there were some wars and violence in the 90s.’ Centuries of intercultural influences have infused the region with a mélange of cultural, historical, and artistic traditions. It has also been the site of much conflict over those same centuries. This course will investigate how the political, religious, cultural, linguistic, and economic traditions of Kosovo are represented in contemporary efforts to formulate past, present, and future Kosovar identities and attempt to resolve historically-pernicious conflicts. This multidisciplinary inquiry will draw on the expertise of local academics from politics, history, geography, economics, linguistics, and theology. The rich, turbulent, and fluid history of this region makes it an excellent site for helping students better understand the effects of and responses to cultural diffusion and inter-cultural conflict.

The travel seminar will involve Kosovar professors, students, and community members and may also include support from host institution students as cultural liaisons for formal and informal visits and experiences. Course content will be of particular interest for students interested in art, linguistics, conflict resolution, cultural studies, education, global security, sociology, anthropology, history, international studies, and political science.

Please consider the physical challenges presented by this course:
Students will need to walk as much as 5 miles in one day.

Estimated Range for 2019: $2,900-3,900. Airfare included.

This program is currently not accepting applications.