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.
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. Application Checklist
Double or triple occupancy in hotels and group house.
Program Cost (Winter 2018): $4473
Tuition (3 credits)
Some meals (breakfast daily and additional meals as outlined below)
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.