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Summer School in South Africa, Amsterdam and London: Religion, Ecology and Development
Amsterdam, Netherlands; London, United Kingdom; Various, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: May Programs
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: Concordia College applicants only
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Region: Africa/Middle East, Europe Term: May
Duration: 30 Days Language of Instruction: English
Program Leader: Elna Solvang, Hilda Koster, Jan Pranger, Nick Ellig Program Type: Summer School Abroad
Course: Religion 339JG, Religion 393J or Sociology / Business / Envr 312GS Study Away Adviser: Darin Stromstad
Cost: $5,350 plus $2,920 Tuition
Program Description:

The Summer School in South Africa offers students the opportunity to take one of three classes while traveling in South Africa and to Amsterdam and London.

The course SOC 312 S/G “Global Development Issues” will introduce students to the social scientific study of social-economic development by using South Africa as a case for exploring global development issues and their outcomes. We will explore how issues like migration, crime, poverty, democracy-building, environmental degradation and others must be understood as global development issues.

The course REL 339 J/G “World Christianity” will introduce students to Christianity in the non-Western world by focusing on diverse Christian movements in South Africa and studying them in relation to their historical, cultural, and socio-political contexts. We will explore how Christianity in South Africa’s history has related to the once official policy of racial segregation, and has struggled to overcome this apartheid through resistance and reconciliation. We will also take a close look at how Christianity in contemporary South Africa is involved in issues such as HIV/AIDS, continuing social and racial inequality, migration, the aspirations of young South Africans, traditional African religions, and ecological concerns. If you are a junior by May 2017 this course can count as your Religion J course, and can also count towards several tracks in the Global Studies Major.
The course REL 393 J “Religion and Ecology” will study the connection between religion and ecology within the context of South Africa. Like many countries on the African continent, South Africa is experiencing the effects of climate change, struggles with pollution and destruction of valuable eco-systems and immense economic inequality. This course introduces you to these large and complicated issues and asks about the role of religion.  Religion has played a historical role in both supporting and overthrowing the Apartheid system in South Africa. Can religion also help to survive, resist, and transform the ongoing unequal realities of the new South Africa, especially as they are intertwined with environmental deterioration?  What can we learn from the present religious situation in South Africa that might be helpful for understanding the role of religion in addressing ecocide and environmental injustice in our own context? Students will visit with churches, synagogues, mosques and interfaith groups.  We will learn from grassroots movements working towards sustainability in the townships and visit with religion scholars and activists. This course will also spend time at the Sustainability Institute at Lynedoch EcoVillage, a sustainably designed, intentionally socially and racially mixed community.  Finally, during the safari in Pilanesberg Park the course will explore the challenges of wilderness conservation. If you are a junior by May 2017 this course can count as your Religion J course, and can also count towards an Environmental Studies Major/Minor.

Students enrolled in any of these courses will usually travel and live together while meeting in different classes. Besides classroom discussions we will also learn through site visits, meetings, and service learning projects. Finally the courses will include a safari in Pilanesberg National Park where we will explore the breathtaking and unique natural beauty and resources of South Africa. We plan to visit the following locations during the 2017 South Africa Summer School:
  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Cape Town & Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Johannesburg & Soweto, South Africa
  • Rustenburg, South Africa
  • Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
  • London, UK
Interest Meeting: October 9th in Old Main 232 at 6:00pm


This program is currently not accepting applications.