South Africa Maymester
PSY 240: Cross Cultural Comparison of Race, Social Class, and Intergroup Relations (Matt Weeks)
BUS 284/484: The Social Impact of Business in South Africa (Kelly Weeks)
Students will be required to take both classes (8 credit hours) offered, and F9 and F11 will be awarded
Locations and Dates:
Students will have class on campus from May 12-14.
Johannesburg, South Africa: May 19-31
Cape Town, South Africa: May 31-June 6
Students will earn two 4-credit courses while experiencing the culture of South Africa. Students will experience two distinct urban environments and consider the impacts that businesses have in each. They will interact with people from the variety of cultures living within the country. They will also get an in-depth cultural experience while living with a host family in SOWETO, the township where the uprisings against the Apartheid regime began. In addition to in-depth classwork and examination of the historical, social and cultural challenges facing individuals and businesses in the country, students will also get the chance to explore the country, visiting a game reserve, wine farms, and other areas of cultural interest. We will hike up Table Mountain, visit the habitats of penguins, lions, and giraffes, along with the vast beauty of the vineyards in the South. We will explore the caves where some of the oldest remains of humans were discovered, visit museums outlining the vast history of the country, and hold our classes on the campuses of several South African colleges and universities. We will enjoy the unique cuisine of several cultures and get to know people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
Students will consider their own perspectives and past experiences within a new context, but one that has both key similarities and differences with their familiar culture. SA has a growing and resource-rich economy, but the social hierarchy has left disproportionate numbers at the bottom. As in the USA, SA has a history filled with racial strife and a culture for which race plays an enduring role. Our students have relatable experiences, but we will provide a rich opportunity for them to consider these issues. This will involve helping them consider their own cultural views in comparison to a relatable, but quite different, culture. In the tradition of the liberal arts, this examination will be multifaceted and from multiple academic disciplines, rather than being rooted in a single discipline.
The PSYC course, overseen by Dr. Matt Weeks, will engage a cross-cultural comparison of the intersectionality of race and social class, as well as intergroup relations. After developing a background in culture and its influence, as well as research on contemporary racial and social class distinctions and theories of prejudice and discrimination, we will use this understanding to consider the similarities and differences in the race and class dynamics in the USA and SA. Students can receive credit for Psychology, Africana Studies, and F9 for this course.
The BUSN course, overseen by Dr. Kelly Weeks, will include an exploration of the impacts (both positive and negative) that for-profit companies can have on a developing country. Specifically, students will explore the lingering effects of Apartheid regimes on businesses and culture in two specific cities in South Africa. They will examine diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as how businesses are striving to affect the vast divide between the rich and the poor within the country. Students will meet with social entrepreneurs and corporate leaders in Johannesburg and Cape Town and will discuss the positive impact that socially responsible businesses have made to date, what they are still hoping to accomplish and how the government has attempted to regulate corporate social responsibility. Students will also meet with community leaders and people in the cities to get their perspectives on the differences made by companies in the area. In addition, students will grapple with the negative outcomes of putting societal issues into the hands of corporate leaders to solve (negatives both for the corporations and for the community). Students can receive Business credit (at the 200 or 400 level), credit towards Urban Studies, and an F11 credit for this course.
Minimum GPA 2.5 and good academic and social standing.
Cost of Program:
$5,400, which includes: lodging, in-country ground transportation (but not flight between Johannesburg and Cape Town), all breakfasts, many other meals (not all), all museums, events, etc.
Group will fly to South Africa together. A discounted group flight will be arranged, however students will pay for their own flights.
Professor Kelly Weeks, email@example.com
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- Summer Scholarship Process:Students with need are urged to apply early, before the Summer Scholarship Application closes on December 15.
- Need based award amounts will vary, based on each student's individual FAFSA report. Some awards may cover as much as 100% of the program cost, though most applicants will receive less than that.
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