Marquette's South Africa summer program is based in cosmopolitan Cape Town, at the southern tip of the African continent.
While living in Cape Town, you will become acquainted with South Africa's rich history and see firsthand how the country is rebuilding itself after decades of government-enforced apartheid. Cape Town's diverse socioeconomic communities will become your classroom and its leaders your techers.
The people of South Africa call their country the Rainbow Nation to demonstrate pride in their racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity. The country has 11 official languages. In the Cape Town area, you will predominantly hear Xhosa, Afrikaans and English.
You will have the opportunity to visit significant South African historical and cultural sites, such as Table Mountain, historic District 6 in the city's center, and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated during apartheid. In addition to a spectacular array of wildlife unique to South Africa, you will experience powerful literary and artistic voices, traditional music, delicious foods and diverse architecture.
With an emphasis on the complex context of colonialism, apartheid and global racism, this program will help students explore the exciting work on gender and sexuality being done in South Africa by both academics and activists through online, classroom and service learning experiences. The aim of this program is for students to develop understanding of the history and current status of issues of gender and sexuality in South Africa, to become sensitive both to differences and to common ground with US culture and politics on these fronts, to see the value of transnational and transcultural partnerships, free from domination and subordination, around gender and sexuality.
Students will participate in a comprehensive orientation prior to departure.
Students will complete six credits in Women's and Gender Studies. Classes will be taught by Dr. Amelia Zurcher, associate professor of English, director of the University Honors Program and director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program.
The first course is a three-credit, online course titled Gender Studies in Transnational and African Contexts. Students will take this course online for two weeks in May and June while still in the United States. The course will continue for one week after the students return from South Africa.
The second course will be taken in South Africa. This three-credit course is titled Gender Studies in Cape Town and includes classroom lectures, service learning, and field trips throughout Cape Town.Additionally, students will participate in service learning programs 8 - 10 hours a week, visit the Cape Town Rape Crisis Centre, Molo Songololo, and meet with guest speakers throughout the summer.
Students will live with fellow program participants in the Kimberely House in the Observatory neighborhood of Cape Town. Known locally as "Obs," the neighborhood is an intimate community with great energy an funky vibe. It is a popular community with students and lecturers because of its proximity to the University of Cape Town. Everything you need from restaurants to coffee shops to grocery stores are within blocks from the house.
Students share double rooms, a full kitchen and dining room, multiple bathrooms, a living room, computers and Internet access. Students are responsible for cooking their own meals and often share the responsibilities as a group.
VISA AND TRAVEL
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