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Change in Modern South Africa & Zambia

Overview

FACULTY LEADER

Ivan Evans
iavans@ucsd.edu 

EvansIvan Evans is a professor in the Department of Sociology at UC San Diego and provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College College. He is a native South African and graduate of University of the Western Cape, as well as University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of specialization include African studies, with special emphasis on South Africa, race and ethnicity, and social movements. He received the Eleanor Roosevelt College teaching award two years in a row.

ACADEMIC FOCUS

WHY YOU SHOULD GO

This is a two-for-one program that offers contrasting but authentic African experiences! Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, Cape Town became and remains one of the most popular tourist cities in the world. The city is famed for its natural beauty, a distinctively relaxed cosmopolitan milieu, and the storied role it played in the decades-long struggle against Apartheid. The Global Seminar offers an ideal environment for students to combine a deep acquaintance with South African history with a well-structured sojourn into the cultural life of a sophisticated African city.  Post-Apartheid policies have steadily chipped away at the legacies of the past, replacing the divisive core of Apartheid with a communal ethos that heralds a broad, inclusive nationalism. At the same time, the deeply-engrained urban legacies of Apartheid are everywhere apparent in this bustling city. For three weeks, the Global Seminar therefore presents the city as a living embodiment of complex post-Apartheid South Africa.

Much poorer and less developed than South Africa, Zambia—a two-hour flight from Cape Town-- will be a different and mostly rural experience. Based close to the easy-going town of Livingstone, students will have easy access to Mosi-Oa-Tunya (“The smoke that thunders”)-- the famous Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world. For two weeks, students will participate in an experiential learning environmental program as part of a four-credit course, planting hundreds of trees in nearby regions where forests are thinning. Students will participate in music and dance workshops, go on safari and reside in an upscale game lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. Just 8 miles from Victoria Falls, Livingstone offers a range of affordable restaurants, museums and other markers that chronicle the country’s colonial and post-colonial history.

Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, October 9, 3-4:30 pm, ERC Conference Room
  • Monday, Nov 4, 5-6:30 pm, ERC Conference Room

See the Info Session Calendar

DATES

Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 27, 2020
Arrival: Sun., June 28, 2020
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., June 29, 2020
First Day of Class: Tues., June 30, 2020
Last Day of Class: Fri., July 31, 2020
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 1, 2020

ARRIVAL INFORMATION

  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has been confirmed by reaching minimum enrollment. 
  • We strongly encourage you to take a flight that arrives at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) before 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 28 in order to take advantage of airport pick up. Students who arrive outside of these suggested times will be responsible for paying their own expenses for transportation and housing.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information. 

Program Details

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Fees and Funding

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Academic Excursions

House

Living Arrangements (coming soon)