Society, Conflict, and Peace in Northern Ireland at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queens University Belfast
The Society, Conflict, and Peace in Northern Ireland program at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queens University Belfast is appropriate for students from a variety of social science disciplines that are well prepared academically for direct matriculation. The program is also ideal for students wishing to take courses in the area of conflict studies and related fields and who wish to participate in the rich campus life of a large and globally renowned university. A member of the Russell Group of the UK's 20 leading research-intensive universities, Queen's is recognized as one of the very best universities in the UK and Ireland.
- Look at key contemporary issues in Northern Irish society and develop a broad understanding of the history and politics of the state
- Examine how contemporary political communities use the past to construct traditions, ideologies, and identities
- Demonstrate multi-cultural leadership skills through participating in various group projects with British/Irish peers
- Analyze the complexities of contemporary life in Belfast
Founded in 1845, Queen's University Belfast has a record of academic achievement which stretches back more than 150 years. With a student body of 24,000, Queen's University is a broad-based, research-driven university with world-class research and international connections.
The Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University Belfast was the first of its kind to be established in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was established in 1965 “to encourage interest and to promote and co-ordinate research in those fields of study which have a particular Irish interest". The Institute is one of the leading centers for research-led teaching in Irish Studies The Institute’s focus is less on language and literature, as other similar Institutes in Ireland but more on inter-disciplinary studies in a wide range of fields, but especially in the social sciences.
Belfast’s greatest, and most unique, attraction is its people, whose enduring warmth and friendliness remain a welcoming truth, their distinct character and culture evolving with the new city as it merges with the old. Today, Belfast it is a vibrant European capital with a truly international flavor. Like most cities of old, Belfast grew around its cottage industries in locales or quarters, from the old French term ‘quartier’. Weavers gathered together with other weavers, tanners with tanners and butchers gathered with butchers and most had a local church which often became the trade guild church. In Belfast the remnants of certain quarters still exist today. The Cathedral Quarter is located closest to the waterfront and dominated by the beautiful Church of Ireland Cathedral, St Anne’s. It was here that Belfast grew from an obscure village to become the vibrant city that it is today. Close to the Cathedral Quarter is Queen's Quarter and its heart is the university from which it takes its name. It is an energetic, lively area of character and charm that fuses academia, entertainment, culture and commerce to create a uniquely sophisticated and spirited neighborhood where intellectual wit merges with the vibrant humor of the streets. Relatively new in name though not in spirit, the Titanic Quarter is located in the old shipbuilding yards of Harland and Wolff. This is the area that helped create Belfast in reputation and fortune and it was here that so many great liners rose from the dry docks to cut the oceans of the world. Life will soon return to the old yards as a £7billion waterfront development, twice the size of London’s Canary Wharf. The roots of Belfast are Celtic and the music, myth and folklore of her people is Ulster Irish. This heritage is celebrated in the Gaeltacht (pronounced 'gael-tock-t') Quarter of West Belfast. Here, along the Falls Road the Irish language, music, literature and culture has flourished, igniting a range of 21st century cultural experiences for all to share.
Contemporary Belfast remains a center for industry, as well as the arts, higher education and business, a legal center, and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. The city suffered greatly during the period of disruption, conflict, and destruction known as the “Troubles”, but recently has undergone a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years, and substantial economic and commercial growth. Belfast’s city center has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years.
Student life at Queens University of Belfast (QUB) centers around the campus with its over 150 social clubs and spills into the University Quarter area of South Belfast. The area is attractive, leafy and lively, filled with cafes and shops.
Belfast no longer has a reputation as a dangerous city. A recent study by the United Nations International Crime Victimization Survey (ICVS) shows that Northern Ireland has one of the lowest crime rates in the industrialized and developed world, only behind Japan. The majority of incidents are committed by local people against local people, unsurprisingly following religious, sectarian or political differences. Belfast was recently awarded the accolade of being the safest city in the UK, based on a comparison of nation-wide crime figures, and, as part of its commitment to maintain peace, now seeks tourism from all around the world, especially from countries other than the Irish Republic and the rest of the UK.