Explore the socioeconomic, political, and cultural dynamics of South Africa—a diverse country in transition—and enjoy unparalleled engagement with renowned activists, intellectuals, and political leaders in South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique.
SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation.
In this program you will investigate issues of inequality; poverty; and racial, ethnic, and gender-based discrimination in South Africa. When Nelson Mandela cast his vote in Durban in 1994, South Africa’s system of legislated apartheid receded into history. However, the country continues to struggle with discrimination and poverty. You will explore reconciliation and development through lectures, discussion, field-based activities, and excursions to rural KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Town, and neighboring Mozambique, all of which combine to offer you comparative examples of profound social and political transformations.
The SIT study center of Durban is a fusion of African, Western, and Eastern influences. It is home to, among others, the Zulu nation, as well as descendants of British settlers, indentured Indian laborers, and traders. You will complete at least one week of service learning in Durban with affiliate grassroots nongovernmental organizations. Some students opt to extend this practical experience by completing an internship as part of their Independent Study Projects.
In addition to the Independent Study Projects and Internship opportunities, you also have the option on this program to do a Journalism track. Learn from award-winning Round Earth Media journalists and partner with young South African journalists with Times Media Group based in Cape Town to produce a feature for possible publication.
For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit SIT: Social and Political Transformation