Renaissance palaces and the Ponte Vecchio aside, you'll find that Florence rivals most world-class cities in the matters of food, cultural events, fashion, and sheer academic opportunity. The city is nothing less than a joyous living museum where architectural and artistics masterpieces greet you at nearly every turn.
This course will be delivered in two formats, beginning with an online-supported module students will complete prior to traveling to South Africa. During the online module, students will explore techniques and methods for working collaboratively with communities and focus on topics such as participatory planning models, cultural competency, and empowerment. During part two, students will travel to a global community (Grahamstown, South Africa) where they will participate with local community partners to implement and evaluate a mutually-designed program. Students will also have the opportunity to visit local NGOs, local community clinics, attend lectures by SU and Rhodes University faculty and local community experts, and immerse themselves in the history, education, health, and culture of South Africa. During part three (another online module), students will complete final assignments and evaluate their learning and experiences.
In South Africa, students will work closely with Inkululeko, an educational non-profit organization headquartered in Grahamstown. As per their website: "Inkululeko’s mission is to provide South African township youth with the skills, support and guidance necessary to apply, attend and succeed in university; to challenge the bigotry of low expectations for township youth; and to provide sustainable, positive change; student-by-student, generation-by-generation."
This fall-only program based in Wroclaw, Poland offers you a special opportunity to live in an exciting Central European metropolis, to study with a close cohort of student interested in similar subjects, to learn from dynamic faculty, and to shape individual research projects.
Courses are offered in a variety of disciplines, and students can take course at the University of Lower Silesia, the University of Wroclaw, or the University of Economics, including foreign languages. The current listings of courses will be provided at your request and individual arrangements need to be made prior to your arrival in Wroclaw through the Program Director at the University of Lower Silesia.
Program leader Hana Cervinkova is a professor of cultural anthropology and the founding director of the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education, a dynamic center for practice and scholarship at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw.