Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
In this SIT program, through coursework and community engagement, you will focus on issues of memory, reconciliation, development and nation building as they relate to South Africa's social and political transformations in the more than 20 years after apartheid. You will choose between three different program tracks: Journalism, Internship, or Independent Research.
Journalism: Learn from award-winning Round Earth Media journalists and partner with young South African journalists with Times Media Group to produce a feature for possible publication; engage in ongoing reporting assignments in the media format in which you have the most experience (print, video, audio, photography and/or multimedia); collaborate with early-career South African journalists working at Cape Town's Daily Dispatch and Johannesburg's Sunday Times on a major feature story
Internship: Gain work experience and develop professional skills during a four-week internship with a local South African organization; the scope of the internship depends greatly on the nature of the organization and may deal with local, national or international issues, on topics as diverse as civil society, conflict resolution, urban planning, gender equity, racial discrimination, education and public policy; in addition, you will submit a paper that describes, assesses and analyzes your learning, outlining the tasks you completed through the internship, the knowledge you acquired, the professional relationships you developed, and challenges you encountered and how you overcame them.
Independent Research: Conduct field research and write a substantial academic paper
You will receive isiZulu language instruction. As a language with many clicks, isiZulu is a fascinating and challenging language for English speakers to study. Develop speaking and comprehension skills through classroom and field instruction, with additional practice during the homestay. You will also learn about Zulu history and culture.
You will have many opportunities to explore the bustling and historic city of Durban, South Africa's third-largest city. Discover Durban's great diversity, including the Zulu people, South Africa's largest ethnic group; English-speaking whites; the largest population of South Asians outside of India and Pakistan; tens of thousands of African refugees; and African and Asian migrants from a range of countries. You will experience three very different homestays in urban and rural settings. You will also go on an eight-day excursion to neighboring Mozambique, focusing on its role in South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle. On your way back, you will spend a few hours in Swaziland, which has pursued a different path in its own recent history of independence. You will visit Johannesburg, seeing the Apartheid Museum, the Constitutional Court, and the Mandela House. You will go on a photo safari in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.
Key topics of study include:
The Independent Study Project (ISP) provides you with an opportunity to pursue a research-based project of original research on a situation or topic of particular interest to you or a practicum-based project developed with an affiliate organization working in social and/or political transformation. Projects are conducted in Durban or, with program approval, in another location appropriate to your topic. Sample ISP topics include:
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Credit: 4.5 for the fall or spring semester
Advisor: Professor Emre Sencer
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