Key Features and Course Components

Key Features

Gain a better understanding of the nexus of education, social justice and human rights, and development in South Africa through personal introspection and growth.

The coursework in this program is based on an experiential educational pedagogy, and thus all learning is an intersection of theory with practice.  Students will have the opportunity to do field study, read relevant theory and historical work, learn from local experts in academia and the community, interact with local university students, and participate in reflection activities to make meaning of their shared experience.

Course Components

Community Site Preschool

Community-based learning placements for two weeks, working with teachers and community mentors to build a close relationship with local South Africans who are agents of change through grassroots initiatives.

Excursions to historical, political, and geographic sites to offer all participants a holistic view of South Africa—including its past, present and ongoing long walk to freedom.

Classroom sessions and discussions with local South African and U.S. academics will connect individual research topics with the overall themes of the course and facilitate participants’ understanding of themselves as agents of change.

Topics will include:

  • History of South Africa
  • South African Political System
  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • Education, Gender, and Sexuality in South African Education
  • Multicultural Education in South African Education
  • Inclusive Education (Special Education) in the South African Education System
  • HIV/AIDS Education