Dispatch 47: South Africa 2018: Identity in Context

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Saybrook University is proud to be partnering with TCS Education System and our sister institutions in what will prove to be an amazing journey this coming December 2018. For our community, especially students and alumni, I encourage you to consider being a part of this life-changing event. Below is the information.

Program Launch: South Africa 2018: Identity in Context


Promoting cross-affiliate collaboration, Colleges of Law, Dallas Nursing Institute, Pacific Oaks College, Saybrook University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology launch a study abroad course fostering a cross-disciplinary approach to a global issue. An 8-week online course consists of modules approaching the topic of identity from different disciplines – culminating in a 10-day international immersion experience.

Our Topic for 2018 is identity and our destination is South Africa.

  • Why South Africa? With a population of 55 million, South Africa is home to 4 major population groups, with 11 official languages, and many more tribal languages. Now in its 24th year of democracy after the end of Apartheid, with millions of immigrants who have arrived from north of its borders; people are talking about identity and heritage. They talk openly and are proud of their often-mixed heritages.

  • What about the drought in Cape Town? Due to severe drought conditions in Cape Town is experiencing a serious water crisis. The city has implemented a “Day Zero” contingency plan, which means the city plans to cut regular water flow on a projected date. If citizens in the area follow conservation measures, it is possible that “Day Zero” will be altogether avoided. To ensure your health and safety, TCS Education System has implemented a risk assessment plan, which closely monitors and evaluates the status of this current crisis.

  • What is the political climate? There is a new wave of positive energy over the country as President Jacob Zuma resigned on February 15, 2018. Ramaphosa has been sworn in as the new president, with overwhelming popular support.

Logistical Information

  • Course Title: IS600C Identity in Context: Examination of South Africa (3 credits)

  • Program Fee: Students enrolled in course: $2600 USD / all other: $ 3420 USD

  • Participants: eligible students, alumni, and employees upon approval of VP of Global & Campus President

  • Application: Education Beyond Borders Application

  • Travel dates: December 2 – December 11, 2018, in the country: Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

For more information, please go to https://international.tcsedsystem.edu/study-abroad/education-beyond-borders/south-africa/