South Africa 2024: Global Perspectives - History and Biology
South Africa is often called the "Rainbow Nation" because of its diverse people groups, religions, and cultures. It is also a geographically diverse and rich nation, comprised of eight different biomes across the country. The 2024 Study Abroad program to Cape Town, South Africa will be an interdisciplinary experience for students in Biology and World History classes.
The History cohort will learn about key aspects of South Africa's history, its effects on society today, and the ways in which individuals and communities are working towards healing, reconciliation, and equity. Through a combination of guest speakers, interactive learning experiences, and ethical service learning in Cape Town's vulnerable areas, students will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in local communities and gain insight into the culture, customs and history of South Africa. This program encourages students to understand the value of diversity, with particular focus on multidisciplinary and multicultural collaboration.
The Biology cohort will investigate the intersections between humanity and science in Cape Town, South Africa. Students will learn about the social climate of Cape Town and the impact of politics and economics on human experiences and behavior, which in turn impact the environment. Student will also learn about the impact of nature on society. Students will work closely with marine biologists at Cape RADD through service-learning activities and research that promotes marine biodiversity and ocean conservation. This program encourages students to develop a sense of agency to address vital social and environmental issues.