Not available for summer 2015.

Required Course: Efforts to Overcome the Legacy of Apartheid Through Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development (MGMT 270 or WMST 275)

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Program Information

The program takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, focusing on efforts to overcome the legacy of apartheid through social entrepreneurship, social business, and community development, with particular analytical and topical attention paid to gender and sexuality.  Students study with Bucknell professors and local experts at the University of Cape Town, and intern through SHAWCO, a 70-year old student volunteer organization that ran health and welfare projects throughout South Africa's apartheid era and now has the mission to practice and promote responsible citizenship in the South African context through health, education and social entrepreneurship initiatives.

The Program Course

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, and use of social entrepreneurship, social business and community development to work toward a more just society. In the afternoon students travel to their SHAWCO internship sites of practice. The internship placements are in social entrepreneurial organizations, schools, or other community development sites within Cape Town's townships. The internships allow students to see how the subjects discussed in class are playing out within various communities across Cape Town, and to collaborate with stakeholders in their sites of practice to work toward positive change.


The program includes group excursions to various social business and community organizations around Cape Town, township and museum tours exploring Cape Town's unique history including a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of the 27 years he was imprisoned for acting out against apartheid, and trips to Table Mountain, Cape Point, and the Cape Wine Country to showcase South Africa's breath-taking beauty.

Program Cost

$6,000 (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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