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  • Locations: Mukono, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 10/16/2017
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Rolling Admission 01/06/2018 01/20/2018

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Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Area of Study: Any, International Studies, Political Science Term: Winter
Program Advisor: Olga Crombie Credits: 3
Program Description:

African Politics: Politics and Instability in Uganda


Uganda Hills     UCU Sign     Uganda
This study abroad program will take place in Uganda, which is located in the “Great Lakes Region” of central Africa.  The program will be hosted by Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda, less than an hour drive east of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala.
ACADEMIC PROGRAM
This is a 3-credit course that will provide students with field experience in a country with a rich history, reflecting the more general experience of states in the less developed world. Uganda is a stable country. Its last political revolution and transition was over thirty years ago. However, Uganda has a long history of various forms of instability, including civil war, violent regime turnover, and foreign interventionism. Further, Uganda’s history is dotted with additional struggles, including child soldiering, foreign debt, economic development, natural resource exploitation, and democratic progress and regress. In this study abroad course, we will seek a theoretical understanding of these phenomena via classroom lectures/discussions that educate students about explanations of various forms of political instability. In addition, the course will provide first-hand experience with people and organizations in the field that have directly confronted these challenges. This course builds upon many insights offered in Political Science courses at UB. In particular, many of the theoretical perspectives employed in the classroom seminars will be familiar to students who have completed PSC 343 “The Politics of Domestic Unrest.” However, you need not have taken this or other upper level Political Science courses in order to excel in this course. Several on-campus Political Science courses seek to reveal broad, general patterns of political instability across several countries, offering theoretical frameworks by which we can understand the global historical record of conflict. This course will build upon this broad theoretical understanding of political instability with a focused emphasis on political realities in Uganda.
ACCOMMODATION
During their time in Uganda, students will have a variety of accommodations. The trip will be bookended with stays in the UCU dormitories, which are located in southern Uganda, not far from the center of Ugandan political power in Kampala. UCU is also proximate to Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. In an effort to immerse the students in Ugandan life and culture, six nights will be spent in accommodations provided by local Ugandan host families, who live walking distance to the UCU campus. Additionally, on the excursion to Gulu, students will lodge in available hostel or hotel rooms as we explore Uganda’s most populous northern city.
ESTIMATED COSTS
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact the Faculty Program Director:

Dr. Jacob Kathman
kathman@buffalo.edu



This program is currently not accepting applications.