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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/16/2018
Rolling Admission 06/14/2018 06/25/2018

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Program Description:
Schools and Society in South Africa

June 14-June 25, 2018


Program Description

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Learning in South Africa will be an active on-going process that takes place continuously within and outside of a “classroom” setting. Indeed, much of the learning by participants will take place in the daily observation of life in South Africa and of practice and process within the social (& economic, cultural, political) institutions (most particularly schools) which we will visit. This program will examine the relationship between education and society in a country that is undergoing changes in many ways.
We will explore in some detail the relationship between extant educational structure and practice and South African society--culture, social structure, political-economy. The current educational system in South Africa is a product of both the historical legacy of a particularly virulent form of racial colonialism, Apartheid, that helped shape the structure and practice of formal education in South Africa, and of the historically and socially situated actions, aspirations, values, and agenda of the majority African population. However, these important contributory factors were and are not static, but are dynamic. While official, state sanctioned racism and discrimination informed the creation of separate and extremely unequal educational systems for Africans (Asians, “Coloureds”) and Europeans during the colonial era, forms of inequality continue to impact schools in the post-apartheid era. We will examine how access to political power and economic resources differentially affect the educational opportunities and experiences across social economic class, gender, locale (urban/rural), ethnicity, and physical/mental ability.

Course offered:
EDF 3604: Schools & Society (3 credits)


Cape Town, South Africa

Who Can Participate

The program is open to students from any academic discipline who have met the pre-requisite requirements and/or received consent from the instructor.  All students with an interest in education, sociology, psychology, biomedical sciences, history, general studies, health sciences, or social work  are encouraged to apply.This class is designed for upper-level students.

How to Apply

Detailed information on How to Apply can be found here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.