Witnessing Contemporary African Society
Witnessing Contemporary African Society is an intensive, interdisciplinary course designed to give students an exposure to and an overview of South Africa’s history and culture.
Course activities and assignments include writing critical reviews, short reflection papers, a digital story, and an independent research paper; visits to townships, historic sites, neighborhoods and museums; interactions with residents and community leaders; participation in lectures/discussions facilitated by local academics; and engagement in community service projects.
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- To study historical and contemporary politics and cultures of South Africa
- To observe, interpret, and analyze the social, economic, and political transformations in Post-Apartheid South Africa
- To develop and enhance partnership with local community service organizations and support their work on youth and women’s health, education, and development
The course will focus on the following broad areas:
Estimated Program cost:
- Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Nationality, Class, and Religion - Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Human Development, Community Development, and Economic Opportunities
- Social Conflict and Reconciliation
- Politics & Democracy
- Education, Healthcare, and Public Health
- Community Engagement through partnership with local organizations
$2000 program fee + flight
Need based financial aid is available. Merit scholarship recipients who are eligible to use their stipends may use them towards this program (this does not include Wheaton Edge).
January 4 - January 19, 2024
Prof. James Freeman and Prof. Wesley Jacques