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Southern Africa

Nation Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind

Available in spring and fall semesters.

Namibia and South Africa provide a rich context in which to explore the theme of nation-building as these two countries demonstrate that the transition to independence is both a beautiful and painful process. Students learn about historical and present-day challenges in creating national identity, an inclusive multi-party democracy, and a model for development.  Studying Namibia and South Africa’s model and approach to such issues provides a useful context for understanding globalization and nation-building struggles throughout the world.

Highlights

  • Academic discussions centered on building a nation and identity amidst challenges such as underdevelopment, extreme inequality, and painful racial and colonial legacies
  • Impact of gender, race, culture, and identity on democratic processes, human rights issues, and social and economic advancement today
  • Homestays with both rural and urban host families to add to the in-depth cultural experience. When not with host families, students stay in the CGEE house, a 10-minute walk from downtown Windhoek
  • Internships (for credit; unpaid) are also available
  • In-country excursions (included with program costs). Experience Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa; as well as Etosha National Park and Walvis Bay in Namibia

Reviews and Blogs

Check out what our former students say at Abroad101.com reviews and GoAbroad.com reviews. Our Southern Africa blog posts (including a student academic blog) give an on-the-ground look at life and study with our programs. We are also happy to connect you directly with program alumni, upon request.