This course offers students the opportunity to learn about the complexities of race relations in South Africa, the struggle agains Apartheid, and the problems plaguing the New South Africa. The four-week tour includes visits to townships, rural communities, and urban development centers. Students meet and learn from South African activists working on social justice issues such as the problems of streeet children, gender inequity, HIV/AIDS, and environmental conservation. Offered every summer.
Zambia, which derives its name from the Zambezi River is home of the Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), and lies in a region with the highest AIDS prevalence in the world. The service learning course in Zambia will explore the strength of a community pulling together (ubuntu) to get beyond the AIDS impasse. This 4 credit USF Study Abroad Summer Program, will achieve the best outcome through a synthesis of pre-travel service learning and a post travel reflection paper.
For two weeks, you will live in the heart of the Basque Region of northern Spain, an area rich with Roman, Jewish, Arab and Basque cultures, a diverse geography, and a complex social, political and economic environment. Bilbao is a historic and a modern city where you can discover history, art and gain insight into the current social, political and economic issues facing Spain. Some of the important landmarks include the Guggenheim Museum-Bilbao and the Peace Museum in Gernika close by Bilbao. You will also travel to Madrid, the heart and capital of Spain, and to historic cities of Toledo and Segovia. You will be immersed in the language and culture of Spain with a unique opportunity to experience some of the most complex cultures in all of Europe. Offered in collaboration with Universidad de Deusto and USF's Latin American Studies Program.
The course will explore the imaginative responses to Islam by sub-Saharan African writers. The full gamut of literary responses to Islam will be examined, ranging from those by outright Islamic promoters, such as Cheikh Hamidou Kane and Tahir Ibrahim, to those of Ayi Kwei Armah, who portrays Islam as violent and colonial in nature. Offered intermittently.
Course is taught in China.
This course helps students to integrate their fieldwork with the pedagogical approaches/methods which can address the needs of culturally diverse students in California classrooms.
Permission of Instructor, Program Director, and Dean required.
This seminar is the culmination of a course of study in public service and community engagement. Its purpose is to guide students in analysis of concepts of service, social justice, and community engagement through the lens of academic scholarship and personal experience.