South Africa

South AfricaAcademic Courses

INT 301: Understanding Race, Ethnicity and Gender in 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 a multi-racial "Rainbow Nation."

IGS 380/POL 392: Post-Apartheid Transitions in South Africa

The course provides the context required to appreciate how contemporary South Africa is handling diversity and inclusivity as a whole, and how political, social, environmental, health and education policies figure into this equation. The academic content of the course will include: a brief history of the Republic of South Africa, with emphasis on pre- and post-Apartheid transitions, current challenges such as race, ethnicity immigration, gender and HIV/AIDS, and an in-depth examination of impact of policy initiatives in various arenas introduced since the end of Apartheid in 1994.

Faculty

  • Eimad Houry, professor and chair, Political Science Department
  • Mary Alice Morgan, professor, English and Women's Studies

Program Highlights

The MOM-South Africa cohort will collaborate on team projects that capitalize on their majors and areas of expertise as well as the needs of our community partners.  Thus, business students might work on a marketing and outreach plan for a non-profit or school.  Pre-health students might work on creating health information videos for township health clinics.  Education students might assist teachers in elementary or high schools.  Thus, the goal of MOM—South Africa is to give students hands-on, applied experience and resume building that also serves a critical community need.

Tentative Dates:  Late May through the third week of June.

Tentative Excursions: An animal preserve where you can see the “Big Five”: lions, Cape buffalo, elephants, rhinoceros, and leopards. We will also tour famous landmarks like Table Mountain, and Robben Island, where anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. There will be hiking opportunities as well.

Contact Information

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