Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Please contact your campus coordinator for information about Cape Town, South Africa 2013.
Program Dates: Monday, September 23 (Leave United States) – Friday, November 30, 2013
Orientation: Saturday, August 24 at Bellevue College from 10-3 PM
Cape Town, South Africa is still, in the words of Seamus Heaney, a place where “hope and history rhyme.” Cape Town takes its name from the term “Cape of Good Hope”, rounded for the first time in 1482 by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz. Steeped in a rich history, the city is a cultural melting pot influenced by Xhosa, Zulu, and other African tribes from the north as well as Indonesian, French, Dutch, British, and German settlers. The fast pace and bright lights of the urban center juxtaposed with the pristine coastlines and magnificent countryside creates an exhilarating locale.
Dr. Katherine Sadler earned an undergraduate degree in International Studies (emphasis Africa) and Women’s Studies from Portland State University; a Master’s Degree in African Area Studies from the University of California, Los Angele; and a Doctorate in History, also from UCLA. She has done field research in South Africa on the topic of women’s resistance to colonialism. She currently teaches at Clark College in Vancouver and offers classes in African History, World Civilizations, U.S. Women’s History, and the History of Genocide. She has received Clark College’s highest faculty honor, the Exceptional Faculty Award, for significant contribution to educational excellence.
History of Africa (5 credits)
This course will explore the history of the African continent beginning in the 16th century, while filling in some critical context from previous eras as needed. The 16th-19th centuries hosted a wide variety of economies and political systems, and featured many powerful and sizeable kingdoms and chieftaincies in all corners of the continent, vying with each other for wealth and resources. By the late 19th century most of these kingdoms had disappeared, although some of their memories were later resurrected to strengthen 20th century independence movements.
Employing some southern African kingdoms as models – the Herero, Tswana, and Zulu, among others – we will examine the various reasons why African societies rose and fell, and what led to the continent’s current state of underdevelopment. We will take advantage of local historical sites and resources to analyze and evaluate institutions of slavery, resistance to imperialism and/or colonialism, and the role of women in Africa’s history. This writing-intensive course will be conducted seminar-style and utilize both content-delivery and group discussion formats.
History of World Civilizations (5 credits)
This course will survey world powers from the time of the European Enlightenment, a starting point chosen for its worldwide impact on philosophy and politics. This was an age of empire-building that would permanently link the globe. No area of the world was left untouched, including Africa and the largest powers of the 18th-20th centuries would lay claim to those of less power or differing ambitions. Southern Africa played a tremendous role in this as the Cape of Good Hope, occupied by Europeans as early as 1652, became a pivotal location in a power struggle involving many countries, as well as becoming the location of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, Cape Town.
We will examine the many historical relationships and events of this complex era, paying particular attention to how they were played out on the African continent. This writing-intensive course will be conducted primarily in a seminar-style, group discussion format, and will utilize a variety of local historical resources when appropriate.
South African Life and Culture – (5 credits)
This class will be taught by local guest speakers, focusing on historical, political, economic and cultural aspects of South Africa. The course includes four related field trips such as Robben Island, a township tour, and the District Six Museum.
DATES & DEADLINES
Monday, September 23 (Leave United States) – Friday, November 30, 2013
6,195.00 (excludes airfaire and tuition). Please check with the study abroad coordinator at your campus for full details.d
- - Travel-pass for use on the train system.
- - Orientation program including a half-day guided sightseeing tour of Cape Town by private coach and welcome meal.
- - On-site AIFS Program Coordinator for information, personal advising/counseling and 24-hour emergency contact service.
- - Group volunteer project (at least one 1/2 day per week).
- - Self-Catered Housing with a fully equipped kitchen
- - Full-day guided excursion to the Cape of Good Hope, including entrance to the nature reserve and a visit to Boulder’s Beach to see the penguin colony
- - 3-day, 2-night excursion along the Garden Route including a visit to a game reserve to see the Big –Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros) on a game reserve. Accommodations, breakfasts, and two group meals are included
- - Cultural program of subsidized events
- - $50 non-refundable application fee.
The best deal have found for students is on British Airways via London is $2,150 (includes taxes and fees) with ground transportation to and from the Cape Town Airport. No overnight stay is necessary for this flight plan. The group flight would depart Seattle on September 22nd, fly to London and then fly from London to Cape Town arriving on September 24. Students who opt for a cheaper airfare might be forced to stay overnight in London which could cost an extra $300.
Students wishing to book their own flight can find comparable/cheaper flights ($1,700) on Emirates and United, but would need to get from the airport to student housing on their own. d
Students will live in shared rooms in a student lodge in Cape Town.
- - Airfare
- - College Tuition and Fees
- - Some Meals
- - Passport Fees
- - Wire Transfer Fees
- - Optional weekend trips and excursions guided by an AIP leaderd
When: Saturday, August 24
Where: Bellevue College, Building TBD
What to bring: Students need to bring (a) a signed copy of the Student Guidelines, (b) a copy of your passport, (c) flight itineraries for students not on the group flight, (d) a notepad to take notes, and (e) questions. Student participants should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever they feel should attend with them.
Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be served. The faculty will be available to discuss their courses and expectations.