Classroom Sessions and Discussions

Classroom Discussion


Students will complete community-based learning internships, conduct independent research based on their intellectual interests and experiences, and attend daily classroom and reflection activities. The course will focus on three thematic areas: 

  1. Education access and equity;
  2. Education, social justice, and human rights; 
  3. Educational, social, political, and economic development.


June to July (Online)

  • Develop research concept/ideas with guidance from a faculty member
  • Preliminary literature review on research topic
  • Readings to provide historical and socio-political understanding
  • Learning Journal Reflections
  • Group discussion on educational issues

In South Africa 

  • Excursions to sites of sociocultural, political, historical or geographical interest
  • Internship at community organization or school placement for 3 weeks (teacher education students at Mount Holyoke College can apply these hours to their pre-practicum requirements)
  • Class sessions with faculty from Clark University, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of the Free State
  • Conduct an individual research project
  • Daily interaction with students from the University of Free State and local community members


  • Completion and submission of research paper for grading
  • Re-entry journal reflections (online)
  • Group discussion (online)