Cape Town is famous not only for hosting the World Cup, but for it’s fascinating history, vibrant culture, colorful fishing villages, pearly white beaches, penguin colonies, game preserves, and much more. Table Rock Mountain, rising high above the city, creates a beautiful backdrop, and the beaches and harbor below the city complete the beautiful landscape. You will never be bored here! Students typically visit the botanic gardens, go shark cage diving, travel to the coast for surfing, go sandboarding and kloofing (a combination of hiking, swimming, and jumping off cliffs!) For those preferring less strenuous activities, there are museums and galleries, markets, boat trips, the waterfront and many more interesting and historic places to visit in your free time.
FACUTY INSTRUCTOR 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 Angeles 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 - HIST 280 (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 HIST 103 (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. d 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.
South African Life and Culture HUMAN 205 (5 credits): This course consists of lectures taught by qualified local guest speakers focusing on historical, political, economic, and cultural aspects of contemporary South Africa and facilitated by a local instructor of record who will give assignments, tests, and assign final grades. Related field trips such as Robben Island, a township tour, the District Museum, are included and required. Suggested reading is The Making of Modern South Africa: Conquest, Apartheid, Democracy by Nigel Worden.
Excursions: Included in the program are two excursions. The first is a full day excursion by private coach to the Cape of Good Hope with the services of a professional guide. This day trip includes entrance to the nature reserve and a visit to Boulder’s Beach to see the penguin colony. The second is a 3-day 2-night excursion along the Garden Route to Mossel Bay with 2 nights’ dorm style accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in the Santo Express Train Lodge, which is located by the beach. This exciursion will include a guided “Big Five” game drive at a private game reserve with lunch. One further group meal will be provided.
Housing: Housing will be at Freeland Lodge in in Observatory in the southern suburbs of Cape Town- three train stops from the city center. Observatory is a Victorian styled suburb which loks up at Devil’s Peak. wo prominent buildings dominate Observatory. One is the famous Groote Schuur Hospital, where Dr. Chris Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant and the other is the SA Astronomical Observatory for which the suburb is named.
Estimated Program Fees: $6,195 (based on 15-19 students)
Dates: September 24- Novemebr 30, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013 AIFS flight departs U.S. for London
Sunday, September 22, 2013 Arrive London and transfer to hotel for overnight stay
Monday, September 23, 2013 Depart London for Cape Town
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Arrive in Cape Town
Saturday, November 30, 2013 AIFS flight departs CapeTown for U.S.
Enrollment deposit $450.00 due June 18 , 2013
Balance of fees $5,745.00 due July TBA, 2013
Refundable damage deposit $ 250.00 due July TBA, 2013
Total: $6445.00 due July TBA, 2013
AIFS Airfare $ TBA due July TBA, 2013
- $10,000 accidental medical expense, $10,000 accidental death payment, 24-hour emergency care assistance during the program, and repatriation in cases of verified emergency beyond the students’ control.
- One day excursion and one 3-day excursion (see description above)
- Accommodation in multi-bedded rooms on a self –catering basis in a student lodge in cape Town with no more than 4 students per bedroom.
- A travel pas for use on the train system between Cape Town city center and Plumstead in the southern suburbs.
- A pre-departure and on site orientation consisting of an orientation meeting with the AIFS staff, workshops on cultural differences, safety/security and travel, a student information packet including a student handbook, local area information, etc. and sightseeing tour of cape Town by private coach with the services of a professional guide.
$250 refundable damage deposit
Meals (except those included on excursions)
When: August TBA