|Program Type||Global Seminar|
|Program Level||3000 level coursework|
|Courseload||One 3-credit course|
In this course, we will 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 in order to become stronger agents of change moving forward?
Students will be engaged in a social community education project with Building Bridges, 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. Students will 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, students participate in both scholastic and communal learning. Academic content includes: pre-departure work to orientate students 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
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