This program allows students the opportunity to learn about South Africa’s social and political history and the constructed, intersectional nature of race, sexuality and gender as categories of analysis and as lived realities. Students will learn about the importance of Cape Town in the context of gender and sexuality by participating in group service-learning projects and visiting historic and cultural sites such as Robben Island and District Six. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to concepts such as gender, sex, sexualities, feminism, Black feminism, and womanism, while also exploring the unique sociocultural issues impacting Blacks in South Africa and the United States. Through service learning experiences students will gain a better cultural understanding of how gender and sexualities impact the experiences of people in Cape Town.
Students will participate in a comprehensive orientation prior to departure.
Students will earn six (6) credits; three (3) credits in WGST 4951: Gender and Sexualities Studies in South Africa, and three (3) credits in SOWJ 4951: Upper Division SOWJ Elective. No prerequisite course is required.
The course is taught by Dr. Angelique Harris, associate professor of sociology and women's and gender studies.
Through service learning, students will have the opportunity to apply much of the information that they have learned through course lectures and reading in a real world setting to serve the needs of a community based organization serving marginalized populations in Cape Town. Service learning promotes community engagement, civic responsibility, and activism. Students will spend two weeks working with a community based organization in Cape Town. While serving the community, serudents will aslo learn more about the unique issues and concerns facing the poeple being served by the service site. Depending on class size, students will be broken up into two to three groups and each group will work in one of three service sites for the duration of the trip. Potential sites may include: Christine Revell Children's Home, the Sinake Afterschool Programme, St. Anne's Homes, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, and the Saarjie Baartman Center.
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.
Short-term Program Tuition (Marquette rates) * $4,260.00
GeoBlue International Health Insurance * $38.00
Program Fee-billable * $550.00
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.