Aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa

Courses - Study Abroad in South Africa

Week 1
(July 13-16, 2020)

The New Human Rights of the 21st Century (1 Credit)
Instructor: Steve Friedland, Elon

The course first will introduce students to human rights protection, providing several definitions over time. The course will then provide a brief historical review, including the United States, South Africa, and Europe. Subjects of this review include: Apartheid; the United States Constitution and slavery; the Japanese-American Internment Camps in the U.S. during WWII (including a video about Gordon Hirabayashi, who challenged the exclusion law); Nuremburg and the Hague Conventions; suffrage and the right to vote; and the United Nations. Then, the course will turn its focus to “new” human rights topics, including data privacy, censorship and Internet free speech; sex slavery; refugees and more. This will occur through various contexts, such as international treaties, and the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment Freedom of Speech guarantee, and Equal Protection.

Week 2 
(July 20-23, 2020)

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, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Week 3
(July 27-30, 2020)

Diversity 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 the dilemma of African Women and the current strategies and interventions to address these. The course will increase the understanding of the role and application of International Treaties dealing with Human Rights in Africa, and their application within that context. The course will examine for example, 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.

Week 4
(Aug. 3-6, 2020)

The Origin and Development of Common Law Rights and Liberties (1 credit)
Instructor: Miller Shealy, Charleston

This course will focus on the origins and development of basic rights and liberties in the common law and how they impact the legal system in modern Britain and the U.S. We will find that centuries of legal, political, and historical development provide the foundation for our basic liberties and rights as individuals. Basic legal and moral rights were hard fought and hard won. Going back to the Anglo-Saxon period right up until today we can trace the ancestry of fundamental human and legal rights through the evolution and growth of the common law. The common law is not a relic of the past, it is a very vibrant, growing, and organic reality that provides the foundation for everything from basic criminal and civil procedure to modern democracy. Students will be asked to engage in participatory and small group activities and assignments as part of the course.