Solidarity & Community-Led Transformation in South Africa

Solidarity & Community-Led Transformation in South Africa — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type Global Seminar
Program Level 3000 level coursework
Courseload One 3-credit course

Academic Structure

Global Seminars are 3-week study abroad programs led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff that feature:


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:

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

This program now has a waiting list.