Why study identity and change in South Africa?
This program has been modified with a later in-country start date preceded by one to two weeks online. The online portion will include: program orientation; introductory activities to get to know your academic director and local program team; faculty-led sessions; guest lectures to provide the theoretical frameworks for the course and historical background to the sites and partner organizations; readings; preliminary assignments; and discussions about independent study projects and, if applicable, internship opportunities. We will also have online discussions to debrief sessions and prepare you to join faculty, local team, and peers in country.
South Africa continues to struggle with the legacy of apartheid and is one of the countries with the highest income inequalities in the world. The country is still transforming its political, educational, economic, and health sectors. In Cape Town, you will learn how racial discrimination policies that favored whites, created economic and cultural differences that steadily split the nation along racial lines and in Durban, you explore the history and dismantling of apartheid and visions for the country’s future. You will gain nuanced perspectives from leading political scientists, diplomats, policymakers, and civic activists who are engaged in reimagining our political future. On this program you will experience South Africa through the eyes of four diverse homestay families in cities and rural locations. Excursions include, Robben Island Museum, the prison that held Nelson Mandela, Luthuli Museum, former home of the first African Nobel Peace Prize winner. Tour the Mandela House in Johannesburg and the Phoenix Settlement in Durban, home of the late Mohandas Gandhi. You will also see a wide range of African wildlife on safari in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Finally, choose from one of three program tracks, journalism, internship, or field research. On the journalism track, you’ll work with award-winning journalists at Times Media Group in Cape Town to carry out the full scope of story development, from identifying and researching story ideas, determining newsworthiness, finding sources, working with editors, and adhering to the highest standards of journalism. On the internship track, you will gain professional experience in an international setting. And, on the research track, you will conduct field research and produce a substantive academic paper.
- Learn about multiculturalism in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and travel to Mozambique for eight days to learn about its role in the struggle.
- Study race, racial construction and mobilization, human rights, land dispossessions, and resettlements.
- Witness the mechanics and dismantling of South Africa’s apartheid system.
- Visit the homes of the late Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi, and others.
None. For the journalism track, strong writing skills and an interest in journalism are essential. A writing sample may be required as part of the admissions process.