Today, Italy is experiencing a new wave of immigration as well as the effects of a widespread downturn in the economy. Disability studies, as a field of inquiry, have also begun to emerge in Italy. At the same time, new ways of labeling students and new concerns about accountability and achievement are influencing educational policy and practice in Italy. Thus, the implementation and meanings of integration (or inclusion) take on new meanings in the midst of these changes, making this a very significant time to be studying and observing inclusion and literacy instruction in Italy.
From a foreign policy perspective, the program will examine the influence of global players and stakeholders in the region, including Turkey, Iran, and especially the role of the United States. Istanbul is an ideal setting for this course, providing an opportunity to debate the relevance of Turkey as a model for democracy in the Islamic world, given its status as the first Muslim country in the world to embrace a democratic, largely secular government, in 1950.
Grahamstown, South Africa
You will travel to Grahamstown, South Africa, where you will collaborate with local community partners to implement and evaluate a mutually-designed health education program. You will also have the opportunity to visit local NGOs and community clinics, attend lectures by SU and Rhodes University faculty and local community experts, and immerse yourself in the history, education, health, and culture of South Africa.