August 1–22, 2013 (to be finalized)
This three-week international experience is constructed to take advantage of the rich culture and history of South Africa. The focus of the experience will be on peace studies and reconciliation. The class will be limited to 10–12 students.
WHO MAY APPLY?
The seminar is open to students from ALL majors but is particularly appropriate for Sociology majors and students interested in issues of development and reconciliation. Maturity, discipline, and graciousness are absolute requirements in a cross-cultural context such as South Africa.
The seminar will focus upon Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa with a possible visit to Harare, Zimbabwe.
A typical day will include some combination of the following:
Learning experiences will necessarily vary as the course travels.
Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. The coursework is particularly relevant to those studying sociology, social work, or psychology.
All application materials are DUE BY February 22, 2013. Upon acceptance a $450 program deposit is due to confirm participation.
Spring Semester 2013, all students must participate in 5 sessions (March, April and May) in preparation for the time on-site. On-campus work and on-the-ground work earns 4 credits. Sessions meet the weeks of:
All seminar participants must attend a required Safety and Security Meeting either April 29 or April 30.
Students wishing to fulfill Global Understanding core through participation in the South Africa Seminar must:
Pre-Departure: COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 1 is a short seminar (a 1-day class in April). For students going studying internationally questions regarding the interpretation of cultural difference, ethnocentrism, and culture’s shaping of behaviour and values are not “academic” questions. They will soon be lived reality. This course equips students to reflect purposefully upon the theory and praxis of what it means to cross cultures.
Re-Entry: COR211 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 2 is a short class required upon return to campus (Friday-Saturday). This course equips students to ask the deeper questions of their global experience and reintegration, and take up the challenge of being a citizen-sojourner.
Contact GEO for further details.
Registration for international seminars is handled by the GEO. After accepted students have paid their deposit to the GEO, the GEO will send a list of the seminar participants to the Registrar’s office.
Program costs of approximately $4,900 include (to be finalized fluctuation in costs possible due to airfare and exchange rate):
Students are strongly encouraged to see their financial aid counselor regarding arrangements for financial payment.