Study Abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Service Learning in Stellenbosch: Courses

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Learning, Sustainability and Community Engagement Program

Course 1 (Mandatory)
SSA 202/302 (2)
Introduction to South Africa’s Political History

During this course, you will be introduced to South Africa’s unique 20th century history, and the interplay between the country’s political, social and economic issues. In particular, the focus is on South African identities, and how these were and continue to be shaped by the country’s past. At the root of the apartheid project was a sustained attempt to manipulate social identities. Almost 50 years of social engineering cannot be dismissed easily, and continues to influence the future of South Africa’s democracy. Understanding how the past impacts on the present allows us to better understand the issues and challenges currently facing the country. We therefore commence by exploring South Africa’s political history, focusing on the apartheid era and the transition to democracy. A field trip to Robben Island will contribute to making this history come alive. An assessment of the process of reconciliation following the 1994 elections provides the bridge to a discussion of the project of nation-building, including the debates around national identity construction.

Course 2 (Mandatory)
SSA 215/315 (6)
Learning, Sustainability and Community Engagement

The objective of this exciting module is to provide international students with the opportunity to demonstrate their global citizenship through a service learning experience. Students will develop an understanding of the historical background and current issues impacting community life and problems in South Africa and will experience it first hand through service to a South African community while earning academic credits. Community service learning is a term that describes the contact between the student and a community of choice where the service learning experience will take place. Past projects have involved working with children or adults who are affiliated to an organization within the community. Project themes include teaching of life skills, global awareness programs and art, sport and general learning skills. These are thus ideal learning and training sites for aspirant community development workers. It holds the potential to equip students with a wide range of skills, needed in a variety of different contexts, outside of the Learning Sustainability and Community Engagement program.