NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs.
Explore the politics and culture of rapidly changing South Africa, as well as Swaziland and Mozambique, while engaging with renowned artists and intellectuals.
WHY STUDY TRANSFORMATION IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Close to three decades into democracy, South Africa continues to struggle with the legacy of apartheid. With the highest income inequality in the world, South Africa is still transforming its political, educational, economic, and health sectors. In the historic coastal city of Durban, you’ll explore the history and dismantling of apartheid and visions for the country’s future. Choose from one of three program tracks. On the journalism track, you’ll work with award-winning journalists at Times Media Group in Cape Town or Durban to carry out the full scope of story development, from identifying and researching story ideas, determining newsworthiness, finding sources, working with editors, and adhering to the highest standards of journalism. On the internship track, you’ll gain professional experience in an international setting. And, on the research track, you’ll conduct field research and produce a substantive academic paper. Travel to Mozambique, which played a central role in South Africa’s journey to liberate itself from apartheid. Visit the Luthuli Museum, former home of the first African Nobel Peace Prize winner. Tour the Mandela House in Johannesburg and the Phoenix Settlement in Durban, home of the late Mohandas Gandhi. You will also see a wide range of exotic animals on safari in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Travel to Cape Town at the tail end of the program to visit museums that tell the unique history of slaves from the Indonesian archipelago and the history of separate development in Cape Town. Adventure seekers will get to climb Table Mountain, a World Heitage Site, and get to see a picturesque view of Cape Town on a sunrise hike up Lions Head.
KEY TOPICS OF STUDY
- Apartheid and emerging visions for post-apartheid South Africa
- Individual vs popular memory; the role of memory in healing trauma
- Reconciliation through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- Roles of civil society, education, and media in nation-building
- The challenges of transition
- Gender and social change
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