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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel, Other Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Area of Study: Communication, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, English, Integrative Studies Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
South Africa Social Movements

Social Movements in South Africa

This course will examine South Africa or the "Rainbow Nation", called so because of the many cultures and histories that have come together to create this vibrant democracy. However, South Africa did not always embrace the many colors of its rainbow. Social movements have played an important part in the country’s history and new and emerging political parties are using rhetoric in surprising and skillful ways to frame their arguments. It is not possible to truly understand the current arguments and struggles without looking at South Africa’s past and those who are still living with the repercussions. To help us achieve this understanding we will explore the monuments to the Afrikaans settlers in Pretoria, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and neighborhoods where residents were forcibly removed during Apartheid.  We will also visit current vibrant neighborhoods like Maboneng (place of light) in Johannesburg, where all of the businesses are locally owned and operated. We will tour Khayelitsha township in Cape Town with “Mama Africa” and attend church with local residents. Students will be able to ask questions and have local food throughout the program. Also, while in Cape Town we will experience some of the nature that South Africa has to offer and students can better understand why this part of Africa was sought after by first the Dutch and then the British. The program will offer the students a complex view of South Africa as not only the Rainbow Nation, but also a nation of extremes and complexities.

Program Details

Credits Offered:

  • English (ENGH) 488: Topics in Writing and Rhetoric* 
  • Conflict Analysis (CONF) 397: Study Abroad Special Topics
  • Honors (HNRS) 131: Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad
*Students seeking ENGH 488 credits must have complete the following prerequisites: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
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Social Movements Group


Double or triple occupancy in hotels and group house.

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $4473

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Guided tours
  • Cultural excursions
  • Some meals (breakfast daily and additional meals as outlined below)
  • Round-trip airfare from Johannesburg to Cape Town
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:


Day 1  Arrive in Johannesburg. Orientation and welcome dinner.
Day 2 Day trip to Pretoria: Visit Union Buildings, Voortrekker Monument, and Freedom Park.
Day 3 Johannesburg:Apartheid museum;Soweto Tour, Lunch locals in Soweto and Dinner at Wandies restaurant in Soweto
Day 4 Johannesburg: Inner City Tour (Lunch included, Maboneng Art precinct, Constitutional Hill
Day 5 Johannesburg: Church in Alexandra township tour; Movie: Miners Shot Down with special guest director Rehad Desai
Day 6 Johannesburg: Free morning/writing time; Liliesleaf Farm tour
Day 7 Johannesburg: Travel to Pilanesberg for afternoon safari
Day 8 Early morning safari and then Fly to Cape Town from Johannesburg/Orientation and check-in to Team House
Day 9 Cape Town: Robben Island Tour and V&A Waterfront for souvenir shopping; dinner and talk with artist and activist Lionel Davis (former inmate at Robben Island)
Day 10 Cape Town: Tour of Parliament, District 6 Museum and lunch at Eastern Food Bazaar (included); Company Gardens, Slave Lodge Tour
Day 11 Cape Town: Cape Point, Boulders Penguin Colony, Dinner at Team House and private concert by Jennifer Eaves
Day 12 Cape Town: Table Mountain, BoKaap neighborhood walking tour, Cape Malay cooking class (dinner included)
Day 13 Cape Town: Solms Delta Heritage vineyard tour, Music Van de Caab picnic lunch, Huguenot Memorial, dinner and guest lecture at Team House
Day 14 Cape Town: free day/optional Muizenberg Beach; Farewell dinner and drumming at Gold restaurant (a taste of Africa)
Day 15 Fly back to Johannesburg in the morning and return to U.S.
 *Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed.  

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Director

Elizabeth Ferguson
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