Critical Histories, Identities and Literacies: Exploring The Urban Educational Terrain Of South Africa
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The power and purpose of literacy and the impact it has on educational transformation across communities that have been historically marginalized—particularly in the U.S. and South Africa. Students will examine theories of literacy and educational research. Course will focus on sociohistorical and sociopolitical perspectives of literacy and education and are designed to explore multiple theoretical conceptualizations of literacy and the ways literacy praxis is applied to classrooms. Students will also be introduced to the history, cultural identities and literacies of South African people and the ways in which literacy was used as a sociopolitical tool in South Africa to bring forth social transformation from the late 1940s onward. In addition, the course will examine the multifaceted ways literacy was used to spark social change across the world through historic literacy campaigns, policy reform and sociopolitical writings. This will be compared to literacy enactments across the history of the U.S..
Participants will stay in similar housing to that of University of Johannesburg student dorms.
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
· Travel to South Africa cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town,
· Visit local K-12 Schools
· Learn from with the University of Johannesburg faculty and students
· Meet with the Ministry of Education officials
· Visit the Mandela House, Apartheif Museum, Table top Mountain, Robben Island, Botanical Gardens, Wits Art Museum and more
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
Credits & Courses
Participants who successfully complete the program’s EDUC 3333 / EDUC 7777 courses will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for EDUC 3333 and graduate students should register for EDUC 7777. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Students interested in applying should click the "Apply Now" button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews will be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3550
, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes
• Round-trip airfare
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Some meals
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Non program related transportation
• Transportation to and from the Atlanta airport
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
February 15, 2017:
$500 deposit due
March 15, 2017:
April 2, 2018
: Program cost charged to student account
Early May 2018
: $1000 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Funding & Scholarship Info
Georgia State University students may eligible for the IEF Scholarship
or the Global Experience Scholarship
. Visit http://mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/funding-study-abroad
or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 to learn more about scholarships & financial aid for study abroad.
Program Director Contact Info
Dr. Gholnecsar Muhammad
Office address: 30 Pryor Street, College of Education & Human Development-Suite 637