- ADMISSIONS & AID
- HEALTH, SAFETY & WELL-BEING
- MEDIA CENTER
Courses taught in
Jul 6 – Aug 15
Critical Global Issue of Study
Peace & Justice
Gain professional experience at a nonprofit organization, study apartheid, and understand the history, ideas, values, and practice of social justice in South Africa.
Understand the dynamics of human rights advocacy and the history of apartheid from your base in Cape Town, a hub for human rights organizations in a country emerging from legally enforced racial discrimination and economic and political exclusion. Stay with a local family; be welcomed into their lives and share experiences and learn from their views. Visit important sites of oppression and resistance illustrative of the country’s unique history, and gain a better understanding of social justice issues affecting South Africa today. You will also learn the ethics of human rights advocacy and research during a five-week internship that will give you professional experience in an international setting. SIT uses our extensive networks to facilitate the placement process. Organizations we have worked with deal with issues including gender, community mobilization, public health, migration, media and advocacy and environmental sustainability. Attend weekly assessment meetings with your academic director or internship coordinator, and keep a work journal to reflect on your experiences, challenges, and professional achievements.
Three former inmates of Robben Island’s prison went on to become president of South Africa, including the late Nelson Mandela, who was held there for 18 years. Learn about the lives and legacies of many political prisoners and detainees imprisoned on this island, such as human rights activist Robert Sobukwe. Located just off the coast of Cape Town, Robben Island is both a South African National Heritage Site, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Founded in 1994, this museum focuses on the forced removals of thousands from their homes due to their skin color in the District Six area (called “Distrik Ses” in Afrikaans). The museum is at the epicenter of apartheid Cape Town, highlighting the social movements and activism in the struggle against racial segregation through the Group Areas Act of 1955. The museum still offers activists a platform and a safe space to share their views and do their work, and remains involved in debates around restitution.
You will also visit culturally and historically important sites, such as the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, Trojan Horse Memorial, Gugulethu 7 Monument and the Iziko National Museum’s Slave Lodge, which houses exhibitions about human rights activism of the past and present.
Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
The following syllabi are representative of this program. 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.
Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information, including course codes, credits, overviews, and syllabi.
Social Justice and Social Change Seminar – syllabus
(AFRS3000 / 3 credits)
Through lectures, discussions and excursions, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the historical background of South Africa’s Apartheid system, and how Apartheid shaped and continues to impact social policy and the visions for present South Africa. You’ll also examine anti-apartheid resistance and the post-1994 social justice movements, and look at contradictions and tensions between ideas, values and practice.
Internship and Seminar – syllabus
(ITRN3000 / 4 credits)
Internship and seminar in social justice and activism
SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students.