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Study Abroad - Psychology of Peace and Conflict in the Mediterranean

Morocco • Spain • France • Gibraltar

December 28, 2018 - January 14, 2019

The Psychology of Peace and Conflict in the Mediterranean Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in Morocco, Spain, France, and Gibraltar. This program is cross-listed and welcomes students from the psychological and sociological sciences as well as interdisciplinary studies. This course traverses history as a necessary backdrop to further explore the contexts students will occupy experientially through travel. Through contextualized perspective taking, the course study will forge ecologically grounded connections between violence at multiple levels (interpersonal, within group, between groups and sociocultural on a grander scale). By more deeply understanding violence and its impacts, the psychologically, sociological and political results will be interrogated through an interdisciplinary lens in order to imagine conflict resolution and peace processes for communities that widely remain erased, or oppressed in Morocco, France and Spain. The psychology of political decision making as it applies to international relations and the legacy that determines peace efforts will also be surveyed across cultures and countries. Dr. Kaivan teaches courses on Peace Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Cross-cultural and Multicultural Psychologies, Human Sexuality and Clinical Practicum courses.  

Students can choose one of the following courses:

  • Psychology 370: Multicultural Psychology
  • Psychology 385: Psychology of Peace and Violence
  • Psychology 390: Psychology of Divided Societies
  • Psychology 595: Special Topics in Psychology - Graduate Seminar
  • Sociology 390: Sociology of Divided Societies
  • Cross-Cultural Studies 390: Empires, Colonies, Hegemony
  • Human Services 425: Special Topics in Human Services

View the 2019 itinerary here. Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

  • France: Aix-en-Provence and Marseille
  • Morocco: Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, and Tangier
  • Spain: Barcelona, Seville, Granada, Malaga, and Cordoba
  • United Kingdom: Gibraltar

About the Professor

Dr. Nahal Kaivan
PhD, Washington State University
MA, Pepperdine University

Dr. Nahal C. Kaivan is a psychologist at Duke University. In her clinical practice, she focuses her efforts on marginalized populations who feel othered or oppressed by dominant cultures and norms. Her research agenda widely focuses on identity exploration as it relates to history, politics, psychology and the interplay between these disciplines greatly impacts her clinical work. As an instructor, she also weaves in liberatory frameworks of understanding that cut across her clinical and teaching practices. Namely, she interrogates what is widely known or held to be true through the process of problematization and encourages students and clients alike to locate themselves within this process in an effort to conscientize, or critical consciousness making. Her goal as a psychologist, educator, and researcher is to encourage the cultivation of critical thinking so all students are able to challenge knowledge as it exists and create knowledge through critical inquiry.

Program Fees

January 2019: $5,650

All program fees include t
uition for 3 credits, lodging, insurance, entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues, Intra-European transportation to and from each city, breakfast daily and some dinners.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence consecutively are eligible to receive a $2,000 grant credited to their spring semester invoice. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, students must participate in the Early Start Program during the week between the end of the January Term Seminar and the start of the spring semester. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their French hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French language instruction, and participate in local cultural activities! Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.