South Africa: Education and Social Change (Summer)


This interdisciplinary program examines education in South Africa in historical and contemporary contexts, offering students a multi-sided and holistic perspective on educational issues in South Africa. Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the historical context of education in South Africa, contemporary education policy, and the role of education in the country’s development.

The program’s field-based components provide students with practical insights into educational issues in South Africa.

The following syllabi are either from a recent session of this program or for an upcoming session. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

Education and Social Change Seminar- syllabus (PDF)
(IEDP 3000 / 4 credits / 60 class hours)
An examination of education in South Africa in the context of historical circumstances, contemporary public policy, and social and economic development. Lectures and discussions combine with field study, visits to schools, NGOs, local communities, and government offices.

Education Practicum- syllabus (PDF)
(PRAC 3000 / 4 credits / 60 class hours)
A firsthand examination of educational issues through practicum experiences in both rural and urban KwaZulu-Natal. The Zululand rural homestay period includes a one-week practicum and observation of nearby educational institutions. Urban practicum experiences in Durban may include participation in a weekend youth camp, where students will serve as camp counselors.

Costs Dates

Credits: 8

Duration: 6 weeks

Program Base: Durban

Prerequisites: None

South Africa

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