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South Africa - Winter Break Mini-Term (Even Years)
Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa
Program Terms: Winter Break
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Restrictions: Union applicants only
Program Description:
This mini-term, set in Cape Town, will focus on learning the history of South Africa as understood in the:
  • Public arena (through museums, monuments and national historic sites)
  • Memory and consciousness of South African people (by participating in community events and talking with activists)
  • Historical record (from classroom study of South African history, culture and politics)

Students will document their experiences in a notebook and keep photographic, taped, video or digital records of their experiences.

Course of Study
Students will meet on a regular basis for classroom instruction on South African history at the Centre for Open Learning, University of Cape Town (UCT). Topics to be covered include the experiences of the nation from the pre-colonial, through the colonial (and colonial wars), apartheid and post-apartheid eras. Classroom instruction will be combined with visits to museums, monuments, and archives, as well as tours of townships, Robben Island, community centers and environmental reserves.

The final week of the mini-term will include travel to the neighboring wildlife and nature reserves. Although not strenuous, students should be prepared to walk and hike in the country, to be ready to travel and take in the countryside and to embrace an outdoor, as well as classroom, routine. Students will keep a daily journal and complete a final project (research paper, website, video, museum exhibit).

Pre-requisites
  • Students should have successfully completed at least one history course, preferably an upper level course
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take a course in African history or culture in the fall term preceding the mini-term

Although not required, priority for the mini-term will be given to students who are:
  • History majors, generally in their sophomore, junior or senior years
  • Africana Studies minors
  • Interested in methods of documenting and preserving historical memory and oral history
  • Interested in learning the significance of museums and monuments in recording the history of a society, as well as learning about social and political movements, ethnic history and post-colonial societies

Calendar
  • April: Application deadline is the third Friday of spring term.
  • May: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
  • Fall term: Orientation meetings
  • Late November: Mini-term begins
  • Mid-December: Program ends
Accommodations
Students will reside in dormitories at UCT while staying in Cape Town.

For More Information
Students may contact Professor Ken Aslakson, Lippman 106, or by phone at 518-388-8794.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2014 04/18/2014 05/08/2014 TBA TBA