Aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa

Courses - Study Abroad in South Africa

Week 1
(July 9-12, 2018)

South Africa: From Apartheid to Democracy (1 Credit)
Instructor: Sarah Gerwig-Moore, Mercer

This course tracks South Africa’s political transition from the Apartheid Era to a modern democracy. Students will learn about the legal institutions structures supporting apartheid (including forced removals, travel restrictions, prohibition of interracial marriage) and suppression of resistance to race-based policies. They will also learn about the movements and pressures (internal and external) that led to the fall of apartheid. Finally, the course will explore the South Africa’s transition to the Government of National Unity and its current form of government, including the structures of the new parliamentary representative democratic republic and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.

Week 2 
(July 16-19, 2018)

Health Law Issues and Human Rights in Africa (1 Credit)
Instructor: Florence Shu-Acquaye, Nova

This course will explore Health Law and Human Rights issues that make the African continent unique and will highlight, in particular, the dilemma and predicament of the African Women and the current strategies and interventions to address these. It will increase the understanding of the role and application of International Treaties dealing with the Human Rights in Africa, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the International Bill of Rights, local and regional laws like The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as well as the role of WHO, UNAIDS and other international organizations. The course will highlight the relationship between certain socio cultural acceptances, practices and the African woman’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, like Ebola and Zika viruses, and the impact of societal and government policies that may exacerbate or institutionalize the marginalization of the African woman. The roles of custom and the law. The course will further explore the pros and cons of the health choices of the African woman in the light of their social and cultural environment and its implications for a better understanding of both the Western and African cultures.

Week 3
(July 23-26, 2018)

Nelson Mandela and International Human Rights (1 credit)
Instructor: Ellen Podgor, Stetson

This course will examine some of the legal international human rights related documents, looking at them through the lens of Nelson Mandela. Starting with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that has been stated to have given him inspiration during his incarceration, to the adoption and later ratification by South Africa of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Students will consider the substantive terms of these covenants as well as their procedural application. In studying these documents a focus will be on their role in the life of South African activist and former president Nelson Mandela.

Week 4
(July 30-Aug. 2, 2018)

Climate Justice: U.S. and International Dimensions (1 credit)
Instructor: Randall Abate, FAMU

The regulation of climate change has taken center stage internationally and regionally as the world braces for increasingly more severe impacts from the carbon-intensive global economy. In recent years, adaptation to these impacts has become a primary focus of global efforts to ensure the health and safety of the most vulnerable communities of the world such as the urban and rural poor, low lying island nations, indigenous peoples, and future generations in the face of climate change impacts. Climate justice emerged as part of the global response to these impacts. Climate justice focuses on the disproportionate burden of climate change impacts on the poor and marginalized and seeks to secure a more equitable allocation of the burdens of these impacts at the local, national, and global levels through proactive regulatory initiatives and reactive judicial remedies that draw on international human rights and domestic environmental justice theories. This course addresses climate justice from U.S. and international law perspectives and considers legal responses to promote climate justice in several regions of the world. It also evaluates regulatory obstacles under international law, U.S. law, and foreign domestic law in seeking to promote climate justice on a global scale. Topics will include atmospheric trust litigation, climate change and indigenous peoples, climate refugees and international human rights law, efforts to incorporate climate justice principles into the international climate change treaty negotiations, engaging the private sector to promote climate justice, and climate justice case studies in Florida.