"Understanding Social Inequality in Post-Apartheid South Africa"
Following the legacy of luminaries such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, Eslanda Robeson and Martin Luther King Jr., this program builds on AASD's commitment to considering race and social inequality in international and, in particular, Black diasporic contexts. This exciting study abroad opportunity will expose students to the many dimensions of social inequality and the consequences for well-being in post-apartheid South Africa. Whatever the issue of interest- early childbearing or HIV infectio or achievement gaps in education or crime- a ggrounding in the multiple dimensions of social inequality is critical to understanding the what, why, and how in these social issues.
Goals of the program:
- Expose students to the varied and complex processes of social inequality in post-apartheid South Africa through formal lectures, experiential learning and service learning
- Enable students to better understand how social inequality constrains opportunities and increases risk in both urban and rural contexts
- Examine the influence of national and local level policies in South Africa that aim to improve outcomes
- Provide students the opportunity to learn about South African history and culture
- Enable students to examine social inequality in comparative perspective with the U.S.
Director: Dr. Sangeetha Madhavan
Co-Director: Mr. Vusi Dlamini
Dates of Program: July 19, 2016-August 24, 2016
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Eligibility: Junior/Senior (any major) but we can consider sophomores and also graduate students if space allows
Duration and Location: Summer 2016 (6 weeks), University of Maryland, College Park, Johannesburg and Limpopo Province, South Africa
Financial Assistance is available for students with demonstrated need. See the Education Abroad opportunity page for more information.
Contact Dr. Sangeetha Madhava, Associate Professor of African American Studies, for more details. smadhava [at] umd.edu ( )