South Africa- Human Development: Bordered by the Indian Ocean on the east and the Southern Atlantic Ocean on the west, South Africa is a rich, ethnically diverse nation in the southern tip of the continent of Africa. Colonized by the British and the Dutch beginning in the 1600's, South Africa experienced a tumultuous history characterized by wars between the colonizing countries and the institutionalization of the racist policy of apartheid--the separate development of the races, in 1948.
The first multi-racial elections in 1994 ended apartheid, with Nelson Mandela elected as the first President. South Africans (almost 50 million), therefore, are very much a product of their beautiful and resourceful geography, their history, their ethnicities (at least 9 different languages with English as the official language), and health issues (2nd highest rate of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world). This travel course is designed to provide an introduction to the land and people of South Africa through the lens of Human Development through the life cycle.
The country of South Africa will be your classroom during this exciting travel course program. The course is going to study human development, gender issues, and the effects of apartheid from a developmental and psychological perspective. You will learn about contemporary issues in South Africa through a combination of lectures and carefully designed visits to sites such as orphanages, group homes for adolescents, and nursing homes.
This course is open to ALL majors as long as students meet the prerequisite requirement! This program involves service learning with disadvantaged populations, classroom work, and an interest in studying human development in another culture.
This program has developed through a unique partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. There will also be time factored in for tours of this beautiful country, including game preserves, beaches, and national parks.
For more information on South Africa and Nelson Mandela Metro University, check out this website: http://international.nmmu.ac.za/
Check out a PowerPoint presentation from the 2011 trip to South Africa!: South Africa Human Development PowerPoint
Program Dates: January 2019 (exact dates TBD)
Students will stay in a hotel in Cape Town and apartments located near the campus of Nelson Mandela University.