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South Africa—From City to Safari

Cape Town and Edeni Game Reserve, South Africa

Arrive Date: 6/22/2013    End Date: 7/19/2013

Program Overview

This program introduces students to the literature, history, cinema and ecology of South Africa. We will study the phases of the country’s past: its pre-European history, colonial settlement, the apartheid and post-apartheid eras. The literature examines the themes of place, dislocation and change and includes works by Nobel prize winners Nadine Gordimer, J. M. Coetzee and Nelson Mandela. The last decade has witnessed a flowering of South African cinema, and we’ll watch a selection of films that address recent political and cultural changes. The course includes field trips to museums, places of historical interest, and botanical and zoological parks in and around Cape Town. The last week takes place at Edeni Bush Lodge, a private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park, where we will observe plants, birds and mammals in their natural habitats, including South Africa’s Big Five—lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo.

Program Highlights

  • Mammal List [PDF]
  • Study South African history and nature in the amazing waterfront city of Cape Town and on safari at Edeni and Kruger National Park
  • Experience Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world
  • Private tours from local ecologist and South African expert in Cape Town and Edeni
  • See elephants, rhinoceros, buffalos, giraffes, lions, and leopards!
  • Take a tramway to the top of Table Mountain
  • Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner for 18 years
  • Optional weekend trip to see great white sharks
  • Optional weekend trip to Stellenbosch for winetasting

InstructorEric Schroeder

Taught in: English

Max Enrollment: 24

Program Coordinator: Christina Siracusa


English 139: Topics in Global Literatures and Cultures (4 units)

Historically or thematically organized study of Anglophone literature at the global scale. Possible emphases: globalization of English and its literatures; the history of “world literature”; literatures of British imperialism; questions of translation. May be repeated two times for credit when content differs. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.  Prerequisite: course 3 or University Writing Program 1 or equivalent


Humanities 198 - Directed Group Study (4 units)

P/NP option only

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