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Summer School on NMMU

Its time for you to explore… let your mind run free and allow your eyes and ears to soak up the beauty of a new land… this land is South Africa!

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University gives you the opportunity to experience the wildlife, history and culture of South Africa through a set of short programmes from over the months of June and July

You are able to choose from one of three single programmes or the choice of pairing up of two combo programmes.

Single Programmes– Choose 1

Environmental

The course is largely field-trip based with visits to ancient caves, overnight stays and visits to modern National Parks. It also includes a longer overnight field trip to a rural area where students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the history and local culture with knowledgeable hosts.

Lectures are taught by NMMU academics and are scheduled daily from Monday – Thursday. Friday’s are reserved for self-study or programme related activities.

This programme is open to students with a GPA of 2.5 (and above) who are in good standing at their home university.

On completion of this, programme students will:

Understand how the Eastern Cape region is a unique human and environmental habitat in South Africa

Understand the diverse past and present environmental challenges in the Karoo

Witness first-hand the principles of reserve management, commercial and communal land use

Understand the underlying ecology to manage and conserve both national parks and private game reserves

Assessment:

Visual presentation (30% of overall mark)

5-6 page paper on a topic or issue covered in class (60% of overall mark)

Students are required to do research on the topic chosen for the paper

Attendance (10% of overall mark)

Community Holiday Club

The aim of this programme is to provide students from abroad with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their global citizenship through volunteer work. They will develop an understanding of current issues impacting communities in South Africa and experience this first hand through service whilst assisting running Holiday Clubs.

On completion of this programme students will have:

A theoretical understanding of, as well as practical exposure to, the face and impact of poverty in South Africa.

A broad understanding of the process and principles of community development.

The ability to apply the principles of community development while volunteering at community-based projects.

Knowledge of and experience in building relationships to participate in the development of people.

Reflected on their theoretical and practical experiences in order to ensure that students learn while providing service

Assessments:

A capstone portfolio will be required to be handed in on the last day of the programme including a daily journal/learning diary which reflects on the volunteering experience.

A visual presentation.

Business in Africa

This programme aims to equip international delegates with the knowledge, skills and competencies to understand and respond to the unique business management challenges faced within the South African context

The four week programme will commence with a three day standard orientation focused around “South African Culture and Language”. The programme content thereafter will have three distinct focus areas:

Managing Business in Africa

Tensions between Business and Labour

The Sustainability Imperative (Social and Environmental)

This programme is open to students with a GPA of 2.5 (and above) who are in good standing at their home university.

Recommended readings:

Prior to the programme students are expected to familiarise themselves with important recommended documents which will be provided prior to arrival.

Assessment:

1 x test of 2 hour duration

1 x community based assignment

1 x 3 hour assessment examination

Combo Programmes Choose 2

Conflict Management and Transformation

Single Mid-Year Programme | 3 USA Credits / 6 ECTS Credits

The value of the programme is enhanced by practical visits and field trips to places of interest that complement the programme.

Lectures are taught by NMMU academics and are scheduled daily from Monday – Thursday. Friday’s are reserved for self-study or programme related activities.

This programme is open to students with a GPA of 2.5 (and above) who are in good standing at their home university.

The programme will enable students to:

Understand main conflict management approaches

Gain an understanding of the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa

Understand the complexities related to negotiations of a deep-rooted conflict

Become familiar with the challenges facing South Africa since 1994 and their potential impact on conflict escalation.

Recommended readings:

A list of recommended readings will be provided once applications have been accepted.

Assessment:

Visual presentation (30% of overall mark)

Portfolio – this will include material that provides evidence of the learning and meets the assessment criteria (60% of overall mark)

Attendance (10% of overall mark)

Human Rights

Single Mid-Year Programme | 3 USA Credits / 6 ECTS Credits

This programme introduces students to human rights related discourses in a social science context. Students will learn to apply various human rights perspectives to selected human rights issues.

Lectures are taught by NMMU academics and are scheduled daily from Monday – Thursday. Friday’s are reserved for self-study or programme related activities.

This programme is open to students with a GPA of 2.5 (and above) who are in good standing at their home university.

On completion of this programme students will have:

An understanding that human rights practices and institutions are the result of historical processes of social transformation

A critical insight into the theoretical grounding of human rights and the human rights discourse in the 20th century

An critical understanding of how the theoretical underpinnings of human rights translate into practice

The ability to identify and critically analyse key human right issues and debates and clarify fundamental human rights debates through critical thinking and reasoning.

Enable students to contribute to the development of a human rights culture and make justifiable decisions in ambiguous situations

The value of the programme is enhanced by practical visits and field trips to places of interest that complement the programme. It also includes a longer overnight field trip to a rural area where students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the history and local culture with knowledgeable hosts.

Recommended readings:

Prior to the programme students are expected to familiarise themselves with important human rights documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human Rights.

Assessment:

Visual presentation (30% of overall mark)

5-6 page paper on a topic or issue covered in class. Students are required to do research on the topic chosen for the paper (60% of overall mark)

Attendance (10% of overall mark)

Community Service Learning

Single Mid-Year Programme | 3 USA Credits / 6 ECTS Credits

While giving of your time and skills, you also gain an understanding of the development challenges facing South Africa.

Lectures are taught by NMMU academics and are scheduled daily from Monday – Thursday.
Friday’s are reserved for self-study or programme related activities.

This programme is open to students with a GPA of 2.5 (and above) who are in good standing at their home university.

On completion of this programme students will have:

A theoretical understanding of, as well as practical exposure to, the face and impact of poverty in South Africa.

A broad understanding of the process and principles of community development.

The ability to apply the principles of community development while volunteering at community-based projects.

Knowledge of and experience in building relationships to participate in the development of people.

Reflected on their theoretical and practical experiences in order to ensure that students learn while providing service.

Assessment:

Visual presentation (30% of overall mark)

A capstone portfolio will be required to be handed in on the last day of the programme including a daily journal / learning diary which reflects on the volunteering experience. (60% of overall mark)

Attendance (10% of overall mark)

South African History, Culture & Language

Single Mid-Year Programme | 3 USA Credits / 6 ECTS Credits

The short program will consist of a series of lectures exploring South African History, since the Eastern Cape Frontier’s earliest inhabitation by the Khoi and the San to the present day history.

Lectures are taught by NMMU academics and are scheduled daily from Monday-Thursday. Fridays are reserved for self-study or programme related activities.

The programme will enable students to:

Become familiar with South African history

Gain an understanding about anti-apartheid struggle and transition to democracy

Explore South Africa’s various cultures and languages, with specific focus on isiXhosa

Learn about South Africa’s history and cultures through field trips to museums, heritage sites and immersion into the communities

Recommended readings:

A list of recommended readings and websites will be provided once applications have been accepted.

Assessment:

Visual presentation (30% of overall mark)

5-6 page paper on a topic or issue covered in class. Students are required to do research on the topic chosen for the paper (60% of overall mark)

Attendance (10% of overall mark)

For more information: http://summerschoolsouthafrica.com

 

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