Bucknell in Cape Town, South Africa
Program Course: Coping with the Legacy of Apartheid: Community Development and Social Entrepreneurship (ECON 270 or PSYC 270)
Program Dates: May 16 - June 9, 2013
Program Cost: $6,000 est.
The program will be based out of Cape Town, South Africa, focusing on the history of the apartheid system in South Africa and how various individuals, organizations, and community groups have been working to bridge the divide that remained from the legacy of apartheid.
Students will study and intern with a local community organization SHAWCO, seeing how local organizations are using community development projects and social entrepreneurship to stifle racism and fill the gap that still exists within South African communities.
The Program Course:
The course will begin during the spring 2012 semester with four pre-trip information sessions studying the history of apartheid in South Africa and how that past is tied to current issues in the country.
Once in country students will spend the mornings at the University of Cape Town attending lectures and discussing current issues with local experts on topics such as social entrepreneurship, poverty and community development. In the afternoon students will travel to their SHAWCO internship placements. The internship placements will be in one of SHAWCO's community development sites within the Townships of Cape Town. The internships will allow students to see how the subjects being discussed in lectures/discussions are being played out within various communities across Cape Town.
In addition to coursework, the program will included a number of excursions to various community organizations around Cape Town, city tours exploring the uniqueness of Cape Town as a city, a trip to Cape Wine Country, as well as a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for acting out against apartheid.