Contemporary South African
Socio-Economic Realities

 

Learn about the transition from
apartheid from democracy in South Africa and the
contemporary South African socio-economic
challenges and realities

 

Credit value: 6 USA credits / 12 ECTS credits

 

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This course will focus on contemporary, post-apartheid South Africa. Students will explore South Africa’s history in order to understand the issues that led to apartheid and subsequently to the toppling of the apartheid regime in 1994.

 

This course will focus on contemporary, post-apartheid South Africa. Students will explore South Africa’s history in order to understand the issues that led to apartheid and subsequently to the toppling of the apartheid regime in 1994. Through lectures, discussions, readings, documentaries and excursions, students will have a chance to learn about human rights violations during apartheid, the roots of racialized poverty and inequality and the negotiated transition from apartheid to democracy.

Large part of the course will focus on the successes, failures and challenges in the post-apartheid period, including reconciliation, education, inequality and economic transformation (or the lack of), xenophobia, and other important topics. After completing this course, students are expected to have a good understanding of the contemporary South African socio-economic and political realities.

 

 

Lectures will be facilitated by Nelson Mandela University academics.
The course consists of theoretical and practical aspects that are interactive.


Learning outcomes

  • Basic understanding of the history of South Africa since colonisation.
  • Understanding of the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa.
  • Critical understanding of the contemporary South African socio-economic and political realities

 

Community Service Learning

Community service learning with the focus on socio-economic issues and challenges impacting communities in post-apartheid South Africa Learn about the issues impacting different communities in post-apartheid South Africa – and about the ethics and sustainability of volunteering – while engaging with the local communities and volunteering in community service projects.

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the current socio-economic issues and challenges impacting different communities in post-apartheid South Africa. Through volunteering on community projects, at schools and with NGOs in Port Elizabeth, students will experience and learn about social, economic, cultural and political dynamics.

Students will have an opportunity to visit different communities in Port Elizabeth and interact with the residents, community and NGO leaders. They will experience and witness first-hand the socio-economic inequalities that continue to be present in South Africa long after the formal end of apartheid.

The course is comprised of theoretical and practical components. As part of the community service learning experience, students will be mentored by a social worker. Students will also attend lectures and workshops where they will critically interrogate volunteering and community service in impoverished communities. Issues that will be covered include: how to assist communities but remain humble as a volunteer; how, as an international volunteer, to engage ethically with local communities; and whether volunteering can lead to sustainable development and progress in local communities.


CSL Learning outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of the socio-economic inequalities facing different communities in post-apartheid South Africa
  • Be able to critically interrogate the ethics and sustainability of volunteering
  • Have a basic understanding of how community service projects in South Africa operate and what challenges they face

 

 

Programme Cost US$ 3500 / EUR 3250
 
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