May 17 - June 10, 2017

Required Course: RELI 275/WMST 274/UNIV 274: Addressing the Legacy of Apartheid through Social Justice Initiatives Focused on Gender and Sexuality


Program Information

This program takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, focusing on efforts to address the legacy of apartheid through social justice initiatives focused on gender and sexuality.   Students will join various activists and community leaders that aim to promote various forms of social justice throughout Cape Town. In their service placements, students may support the work of peace and reconciliation initiatives, labor organization, social movements, cultural and artistic endeavors, and community-based organizations. As with the larger frame for the course, particular analytical and topical attention will be given to gender and sexuality in the service component.  
Students will study with Bucknell professors and and guest lecturers from the local universities in Cape Town.

Program Course

BU Cape Town

The course begins during the spring semester with three pre-trip classes studying the history of apartheid in South Africa and how that past is tied to current issues in the country.

In Cape Town, students spend their mornings engaged in classes about South Africa's post-apartheid economic, racial and ethnic challenges, social and cultural issues relevant to women, gender and sexuality. We also explore the ways these issues are being addressed by South Africans today. In the afternoon, students travel to their sites of practice (nonprofit, community, and activist organizations) throughout Cape Town. These sites of practice allow students to see how the subjects discussed in class are playing out within various communities across Cape Town, and to join with activists, artists, and community leaders in their work toward positive change.


The program includes group excursions to various historical and cultural sites throughout Cape Town and the region.  These will include a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of the 27 years he was imprisoned for his opposition to apartheid, as well as museums that offer a glimpse of South African history. We will also visit townships that show the lingering effects of apartheid, as well as Parliament, which is the legislative branch of the national government.  Other trips include Table Mountain, Cape Point, and the Cape Wine Country that showcase South Africa's breath-taking beauty.

Program Cost

$6,300  (estimate).  Please note that the program cost includes Bucknell University summer school tuition, flights to and from JFK to Cape Town, housing in Cape Town, in-country transportation, all group excursion fees, and almost all in-country meals.


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