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South Africa

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Academic Courses

  • ENG 380/WGS 385/AFR 300: Literature of Protest: South Africa -For nearly 50 years, from the 1950's - 1994, the South African government instituted a brutal system of racial segregation and violent oppression against non-whites that led to the equivalent of a police state.  Anti-apartheid protestors during this period included not only the iconic freedom fighter Nelson Mandela but ordinary citizens such as school children marching in Soweto.  Many of these protesters were shot by police, imprisoned, or murdered in police custody.  In this course we will read literature from the anti-apartheid movement as well as contemporary works that examine post-apartheid South Africa as it struggles to put the past behind and create "The Rainbow Nation."  We will hear the voices of pro-apartheid supporters and anti-apartheid revolutionaries as well as ordinary citizens caught up in the struggle- ministers, black township residents, social workers, lawyers, and ordinary white, black, and colored South Africans.

This course should appeal to POL, IAF, SOC, and AFR majors as well as English and Christianity majors.

  • INT 301: Engaging the World: South Africa - South Africa is a beautiful and diverse nation with many languages, races, and religions struggling to co-exist in one land.  The year 2014 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the first free and democratic election to be held in South Africa.  With two decades of relative freedom and inclusiveness, we ask how much progress has the country made in reconciling race relations, growing the economy, addressing basic needs, alleviating poverty and providing opportunities for upward mobility?  We will explore South Africa's economic, social, cultural and political experiences as a case study in nation building and the pursuit of a better life for the people.  Our approach will be an integrative one, stressing the complex web of connections that link developments across domains and exploring alternative solutions, both proposed and applied, to deal with the challenges facing the nation.


*** Students will take one class from each professor.

Faculty

Mary Alice Morgan, professor, English and Women's Studies

Eimad Houry, professor and chair, Political Science

Program Highlights

Service Project Description:

We will work with educational and social agencies in black townships in Cape Town, South Africa.  While Cape Town is a breathtaking beautiful city and a cosmopolitan, first world city - hosting the World Cup in 2010, for example - the township suffers the legacy of apartheid: poverty, unemployment, crime, and sub-standard education for school children.  We will tutor Xhosa-speaking students in English and other subjects and contribute to a variety of community development projects.

Tentative Travel Dates:  May 17 - June 10

Contact Information

For more information, e-mail MercerOnMission@mercer.edu or call (478) 301-2992.