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Through coursework and community engagement, students on this program focus on issues of memory, reconciliation, development, and nation building as they relate to South Africa’s social and political transformations in the 20 years after apartheid. The program includes multiple excursions, including a comparative visit to neighboring Mozambique, which played a significant role in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle and has pursued a different path in its own recent history of independence.
The historical background of South Africa's apartheid system, the dismantling of that system, and emerging visions for post-apartheid South Africa Re-membering the past through individual and popular memory and the role of memory in healing the trauma of the past Reconciliation through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) The evolution from the Reconstruction and Development Program (RDP) to a developmental state The role of civil society, education, and media in the goal of nation building The challenges of transition Gender and social change