South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights
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"You cannot pick a better place to study multiculturalism and human rights. I learned so much, both inside and outside of the classroom, about myself, South Africa, and the world in general. Through the ISP, I ended up producing one of my biggest academic achievements. And I learned so much from my homestay experiences – all of the homestays showed me how cultures can be so different, but people so similar. The program was an absolutely incredible experience."
-- Chloe Barber-Smith, Tulane University
Explore issues of multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identity in the context of South Africa, from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
South Africa is truly a multicultural society, with 11 national languages and numerous ethnic groups. While South Africans have seen tremendous change since the first multiracial elections in 1994, they anticipate a long road before achieving the stated goal of equality.
Cape Town, the program base, was one of the first South African cities to voluntarily promote racial integration. In a typical semester, students complete four homestays — each providing the opportunity to meet and interact with South Africans from different geographic and ethnic backgrounds. The strong emphasis on the homestay as experiential learning complements lectures, discussions, field-based assignments, and excursions to provide a multidisciplinary analysis of the country.
Lecturers are drawn from institutions such as:
- University College in Cape Town
- Stellenbosch University
- The Steve Biko Foundation/Centre
- Institute for Democracy in South Africa
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Cape Town
Language Study: Afrikaans, isiXhosa
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