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South Africa & Rwanda: Political History & Contemporary Culture (Summer)
Cape Town, South Africa; Kigali, Rwanda; Lake Tanganyika, Burundi; Nairobi, Kenya (Outgoing Program)
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer||2017||03/01/2017 **||Rolling Admission||05/27/2017||07/11/2017|
|NOTE: Completed applications will be reviewed as soon as possible. Students will be notified of the status of their application as soon as possible and approximately no later than 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Students will leave the US on Saturday, May 27, 2017 and arrive in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday, May 28, 2017.|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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|Open to:||Students from any U.S. institution||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Minimum GPA:||2.5||Eligibility:||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and mature Freshmen|
|Area of Study:||African and African American Studies, Anthropology, Any, History, Political Science||Term:||Summer|
|Housing Options:||Off Campus||Program Advisor:||Olga Crombie|
|Global Pathway UB Areas:||Civilization and History, Humanities|
Political History & Contemporary Culture
The program first stops in Cape Town, South Africa, on the southwestern tip of the African continent, for two weeks. This vibrant port was one of the first places of encounter between Europe and Africa in the 17th century. It is described as the Mother City of South Africa and is also the birthplace of the new "rainbow nation" where Nelson Mandela became the country’s first African president in April 1994 after three centuries of apartheid and white domination, making it a truly revolutionary era for South Africa as it passes from its European past into an African future.
During this bright new dawn of hope in South Africa, one of Africa’s bloodiest chapters was written in tiny Rwanda where Hutu extremists attempted to eliminate the Tutsi population. Students will spend two weeks in Kigali, the capital of the "land of a thousand hills", to explore the history of the genocide and current efforts to create a post-ethnic future for the Rwandan people.
ACADEMIC PROGRAM This program provides participants with a comprehensive introduction to two distinct histories and cultures of sub-Saharan Africa and introduces some of the challenges facing the continent in the 21st century. The program runs for six weeks and offers two 300-level courses worth 3 credits each. These courses will satisfy the Humanities and Civilization and History UB Areas of the UB Curriculum (UBC) and Other World Civilization for General Education (non-UBC) students.
Political History of South Africa (3 credits)
Students are introduced to the violent history of South Africa from its origins to the establishment of black majority rule in 1995. Through a mix of history and literature, we chart the course of South African society from the first Dutch clashes with the Khoisan through the British imperial wars with Zulu, Xhosa and ‘Boer,’ the rise and fall of apartheid in the late 20th century, to the emergence of the Rainbow Nation in the 1990s. We will particularly focus on the landmark Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the post-apartheid era. Our history lessons are enriched by recent literary texts, the works of Nobel laureates, Nadine Gordimer and J M Coetzee among them. The course is complemented by several field trips.
RWANDA: Rebirth of a Nation (3 credits)
In April 1994, during peace negotiations with Tutsi rebels, Rwanda was abruptly plunged into a savage genocide that lasted 100 days and slaughtered close to one million Rwandan Tutsis and Hutu allies. By July, the country lay in ruins. Since then, the Rwandan nation has made astonishing strides in rebuilding the country from complete devastation, providing justice for victims of the genocide through village-based gacaca courts and striving for national reconciliation between the country’s alienated Hutu and Tutsi ethnicities. During this course we will read several works of history, memoir and literature about the genocide and examine recent films of this tragedy.
Both courses focus on countries victimized by ethnic and racial conflict and on the efforts to confront a violent past, restore justice and seek reconciliation in a post-traumatic society.
Around Kigali, Rwanda (2 weeks)
1. Gisozi Genocide Museum & Memorials
2. Hotel Mille Collines (Hotel Rwanda)
3. Week-end on Lake Kivu
Nairobi, Kenya (5 days)
1. Karen Blixen Museum
2. Giraffe Centre, Elephant Project, Bomas
3. Hell’s Gate & Lake Naivasha Hippo Safari
Around Cape Town, South Africa (2 weeks)
1. Cape Point Nature Reserve & Penguin colony
2. Robben Island Museum & Mandela’s Cell
3. Cape Winelands, 4. Mzoli’s, Townships
Johannesburg, South Africa (1 week)
1. Apartheid Museum, Soweto, Mandela’s House
2. Lion Safari
Students live in clean, secure and attractive youth hostel facilities in both locations. In South Africa, accommodation will be provided at the Ashanti Backpackers, Lodge and Guesthouse Accommodation, a central suburb lying at the foot of Table Mountain. In Rwanda, the group will stay at the MOUCECORE Guest House in Kigali.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer.
UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please visit the Program Director's website and/or contact the Faculty Program Director:
Dr. Shaun Irlam