With its miles of white, sandy beaches, kissed by the emerald waters of the surrounding Indian Ocean, Zanzibar evokes images of an idyllic and alluring tropical paradise. The unique cobble stone streets and alleyways of UNESCO World Heritage designated Stone Town coupled with the open, embracing Swahili culture of the Zanzibari people hint at the island's historic position as a major crossroads where Africa, the Middle East and Asia converge. However, belying this idyllic and historic setting is the the darker, more haunting role that Zanzibar played in the Trans-Indian Ocean slave trade that ultimately and profoundly changed the region. It is against this amazing backdrop and paradox that we will examine the very difficult and still highly relevant problem of slavery and trafficking in human beings.
Using a highly interactive and experiential format, this course will introduce students to the history of buying, selling, and bondage of human beings. Following in the footsteps of Arab, Indian, Chinese and European traders and traffickers who have been drawn to Zanzibar for centuries, students in this course will go on the island’s unique spice tours and visit plantations that have historically fueled the demand for cheap human labor. A number of classes will be built around field activities that will bring students into contact with the Zanzibari people, and especially their cuisine, so that students will experience first-hand the unique fusion that is Swahili culture. The course will especially explore the contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking and will examine some of the major philosophical, legal, economic, public policy, social and practical law enforcement issues involved in the struggle against such practices. The course will close with an invitation to students to engage themselves in suggested ways to advance that struggle and to think about new ways to achieve an effective and enduring abolition.
- Study in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth with amazing beaches and lush tropical rainforests
- Experience the unique Swahili culture, a fusion of Africa, the Middle East and Asia
- Receive lectures from Dr. Bernard Freamon, one of the foremost experts on slavery and Human Trafficking
- Opportunity to explore Tanzania and the African mainland.
This program is open to all undergraduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.
Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.
- Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad
- Honors - HNRS 131: Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives
- Honors - HNRS 230: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
- History - HIST 387: Topics in Global History
- Government - GOVT 398: Study Abroad
- Sociology - SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology
January 4 - January 18, 2019
More details coming soon!
||Arrival in Tanzania. Course Introduction.
||Lecture: Understanding the Scope and Dimensions of Human Trafficking
||Lecture: Understanding the Context of the History of Slavery
||Stone Town Tour
||Lecture: Definitions of Slavery and Human Trafficking
||Lecture: Slavery in the 20th Century
||Lecture: Palermo Protocol, Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report
||Lecture: Understanding Terms, Definitions and Intersectionality
||Lecture: The Economics of Human Trafficking
||Lecture: Sex Trafficking
||Lecture: Feminism and Human Trafficking
||Lecture: Forced Labor and Organ Trafficking
||Lecture: Taking Action to Stamp Out Slavery and Human Trafficking
||Students depart for the U.S.
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Winter 2019: coming soon!
Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, some meals, guided tours and excursions as described in itinerary, international emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, daily transportation, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by October 21, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by November 11, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."
All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.
Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.