Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
City: Various
When Offered: May 2011

Faculty Leader: Professor Janet Shope

Goucher College offers an intensive three-week January program in South Africa that examines inequality and social policy through the lens of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Two-thirds of the persons living with HIV/AIDS are in sub-Saharan Africa, and South Africa has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world. The HIV/AIDS epidemic mirrors the social fault lines of deprivation, disempowerment, and dependency. South Africa offers an interesting context for exploring how differential access to resources influences risk.

This interdisciplinary intensive course is designed for students interested in exploring the rich and complex social and political history of South Africa and the social patterns and arrangements influencing the AIDS crisis.  Students participate in lectures, field excursions, and conduct field research in the areas of health care, education policy, domestic violence, housing and urban development.  


Eligibility and Prerequisites:

Applicants should have sophomore standing and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Additionally, students should have taken at least SOC106 or ANT107 or ED101 or ED103.

Program Costs:

The tentative cost of the program is $4,100-4,300 (the specific fee will be determined once more logistics have been arranged).  This fee includes lodging, most meals, transportation within South Africa, seminars, entrance fees, insurance, and round-trip airfare from the Baltimore area.

Financial Aid:

All students are eligible to apply for OIS scholarships.  There is a scholarship section on the main application form in each program application packet.  Loans are also available to eligible students through the Financial Aid Office in SAS.