Program Highlights

Program Dates: July 23-August 12*

Prior to departure, we will have four course meetings to introduce students to the massive transformation(s) taking place in South Africa in the post-apartheid era—both generally, and in education in particular. We will also spend considerable time prior to departure focusing on the history of the educational system in South Africa, including its apartheid structures and legacy. In addition, pre-departure course sessions will address current topics and debates, such as higher education mergers, outcomes-based education, bilingual education, and community-based educational outreach, particularly for AIDS education.

Mirroring this preparatory work, while in South Africa, local scholars and Dr. Portnoi will deliver lectures and co-lead the group on excursions to sites of interest, including primary and secondary schools, universities, and community-based organizations in and around Cape Town. The program also includes visits to other cultural sites of interest, including Cape Point, District Six, Guguletu Township, and Robben Island. An extended overland trip includes travel through the Garden Route, the Eastern Cape (formerly the Transkei), Hluluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, and visits to Soweto and the Apartheid Museum in the Johannesburg area. We will also visit various education sites of interest along the way during the extended overland excursion.

After we return back to the United States, we will have one final course meeting in which students will have the opportunity to reflect on their experience studying and traveling in South Africa.

Dates** of mandatory pre-departure and post-return course meetings:

            Saturday April 23 from 1-4 pm
            Saturday May 21 from 9 am -12 noon
            Saturday, June 11 from 9 am -12 noon

            Thursday, August 18, 2011 5-8 pm

If you plan to go on this program, please calendar these dates now. Further details on the course, assignments, suggested readings and films will be provided before the April 16 meeting.


*Students who arrive into Cape Town International Airport on July 23 will be picked up at the airport (the flight will likely depart on July 22 from the U.S. to arrive in SA on the 23rd). Departure on August 12 is from Johannesburg international airport. Students who would like to depart from Cape Town should book their flights departing on August 13 or should book a connecting flight from Johnnesburg to Cape Town on August 12 to catch their international flight.

**If absolutely necessary, these pre-departure and post-return dates may be adjusted to ensure that all students are able to attend.

last updated — Aug 30, 2016