|Program Type||Global Seminar|
|Program Level||3000 level coursework|
|Courseload||One 3-credit course|
Global Seminars are 3-week study abroad programs led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff that feature:
- Intensive learning in a location that illuminates the topic
- Small groups of 15–25 students
- No prerequisites or language requirements
- Included excursions and cultural activities
- Instruction in English
In this course, explore the dynamics of power, privilege, and repression through social justice advocacy and scholarly analysis of the “oppressive savior complex.” We will ask:
- How do we take responsibility for global poverty and commit to abolishing the structures and paradigms that oppress others?
- What are the rules of engagement to avoid the “oppressive savior complex,” “white savior industrial complex,” or the reproduction of oppressive discourses?
- Using South African paradigms, how do we begin to transform our understanding of “community,” and the essence of what it means to be human, and attempt to heal ourselves from past wrongs in our own lives to become stronger agents of change?
Engage in a social community education project with Building Bridges in South Africa. Building Bridges is an after-school non-profit organization (NPO) that provides psychosocial, educational, and skills-based support to youth facing extreme poverty and a lack of community programming in Bellville South, South Africa. Work under the direction of community leaders (youth and adults) in the development of Building Bridges, creating endeavors that tackle community and program needs.
In this Global Seminar, you will participate in both scholastic and communal learning. Academic content includes pre-departure work to orient you to South Africa’s complexities; in-country student-led discussion on scholarly subject matter, including reflective writing assignments; and required attendance to program excursions. The community-learning aspects of the course include a three-day experiential learning wilderness retreat with the NGO, Educo Africa; community-led projects with Building Bridges; and talking circles.
Receive credit for: SW 3601
Liberal Education Fulfillment: Civic Life & Ethics Theme, Global Perspectives Theme
Syllabus: 2018-19 Syllabus