This program will take place in and around the Cape Town, South Africa area, and will include everything from the somber (visits to Robben Island political prison and the Langa township) to the adventurous (a day safari and shark cage diving), from the banal (grocery shopping) to the wonderful (a picnic atop Table Mountain and swimming with penguins). Every assigned reading, required writing, and touristic excursion, though, will be an opportunity for us to think about how the people of South Africa present themselves to the world (to outsiders, tourists), how their current and former racial and socioeconomic tumult is framed, and how the hopefulness of youth factors into this narrative. We will study and employ a variety of analytical and theoretical lenses in order to see the ideological underpinnings that are always at play when considering such charged ideas as identity and citizenship, both others' and our own.
ENGL 400: Youth Culture within a Tourist Narrative of Post-Apartheid South Africa:
This course is dedicated to the study of citizenship and place. In particular, we will study how the tourist narrative that emerged post-apartheid in South Africa functions as a presentation of self, especially as it creates a sense of national cohesion, that South Africa is a wondrous and accommodating tourist destination, in which all formerly segregated groups are equally invested. How this deliberate rhetorical strategy worked (and didn't), made especially clear in the children's culture of the region, will be our focus. While we will engage specifically in a place-based study South Africa, our goal is to take what we learn and let it inform our awareness of our own identities as active citizens.
This an Honors section of ENGL 400, however, non-honors students may apply.
Fulfillment of General Education Goals 2 and 3; 75 credit hours or permission of the Chair of the General Education Committee.
We will stay in three different locations, two different hostels in Cape Town (the first and last days of the study abroad) and in a bed and breakfast in Simons Town in the middle. All three locations have free wi-fi.
February 27th at 7pm in Grainger 201
December 8, 2018 - December 23, 2018
*Note: Itinerary is subject to change*
Program fees (which include airfare, lodging and most meals) are expected to be about $3,400. Longwood tuition is billed separately.
The Office of International Affairs offers three scholarships:
- Lancers Abroad Scholarship: up to $500 for short-term programs or $900 for semester programs
- Presidential Scholarship: up to $2,000 for semester-long programs in which participants are studying in non-Anglophone countries (generally reserved for foreign language majors, but students taking courses in the host language are also encouraged to apply).
- Global Engagement Scholarship: up to $1,200 for those participating in a faculty-led program; applicants must be Pell Grant recipients to be eligible (including Honors)
Honors students are eligible for separate funding through the Cormier Honors College. Contact Jessi Znosko to get started.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page
- Participation in any credit-bearing study abroad program through Longwood will waive General Education Goal 9.
- This course satisfies Goal 13.
- Questions about academic content? Contact Dr. Jenifer Miskec.
- Questions about the study abroad process for this program? Contact Dr. Emily Kane