South Africa

Academic Courses

  • INT 301.001 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 380.01/POL 392.01   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

  • Dr. Mary Alice Morgan
  • Dr. Eimad Houry

Program Highlights

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
 

The goal of MOM South Africa is to provide students with hands-on, applied experience and resume building that also serves a specific community need. Our stay for 2020 will coincide with the mid-year school holidays in Cape Town. We plan to work with high school students, drawn from multiple schools, to help them build important skills that are vital to a successful career later in life. Our work with them will target research, writing, public speaking, argumentation, negotiations and the art of compromise. With our guidance, they will work in teams to develop strategies and ideas in response to specific challenges. We plan to accomplish this by preparing them to compete in a multi-school Model United Nations style tournament. This should be a dynamic and exciting opportunity for majors from across the CLA.

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.

Tentative Travel Dates: Early June to early July.

Robben Island

 

Contact Information

 

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