Aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa

Courses - Study Abroad in South Africa

Week 1
(July 8-11, 2019)

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 institution's 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 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 15-18, 2019)

Technology and International Human Rights  (1 Credit)
Instructor: Steven Friedland, Elon

This course examines how advances in technology have disrupted conceptions of human rights in Africa and elsewhere. The course first traces some of the major laws protecting human rights and then explores how new technologies have profoundly impacted those protections. The explorations include the role of remote GPS tracking and face recognition in facilitating mass surveillance systems; the role of the Internet in creating opportunities as well as challenges regarding the freedom of speech and elections; the development of the Internet of Things and its transformation of privacy rights; and changes effected by Artificial Intelligence, automation, and Big Data.

Week 3
(July 22-25, 2019)

Diversity Issues in Client Counseling/South Africa  (1 credit)
Instructor: Roberta Flowers, Stetson

This one-hour skills course will look at diversity issues in the creation of the client/attorney relationship. An attorney must recognize that he/she has innate biases and expectations. These biases can cause difficulties in determining the client’s needs and objectives because clients have diverse backgrounds and cultures. A skilled attorney must be culturally competent in order to represent a diverse population. This class would combine both the ethics, strategies and skills required in the initial interview and creation of the client/attorney relationship.

The course will combine readings and discussion on cultural behaviors which can cause difficulties and misunderstandings at the beginning of the client/attorney relationship. The students will also learn/review the ethical rules that apply to the initial consultation and creation of the attorney relationship. Finally, the course will introduce the interviewing skills required of attorneys. Day One we will discuss cultural competency and the need to understand biases and how those biases might affect the client/attorney relationship. Day Two will be the ethics day, the students will learn/review the Rules of Professional Conduct involved in the creation of the client/attorney relationship, using a hypothetical interview and responder questions. Day Three we will discuss the skills necessary for the initial interview. Day Four all students will perform the initial interview with a new client.

Week 4
(July 29-Aug. 1, 2019)

Gender and Human Rights in the International System (1 credit)
Instructor: Paige Carlos, FAMU

This course will address the history and legal context of women’s human rights; the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its impact; women’s rights and human rights in the international system; specific topics such as property and other economic rights, reproductive rights, and violence against women; and the role of nongovernmental organizations in making CEDAW work for women.