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Wheelock - South Africa: Early Childhood Development and Family Support
Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Port Elizabeth, South Africa (COF Programs (Outgoing) Program)
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
On-Campus Semester/Summer Course with Short-term Travel Off-campus
Program Description:
South Africa
Dates: May, 2018
Price: $3,900
Course: SWK 621
Credits: 3 graduate, 4 undergraduate
Professors: Lenette Azzi-Lessing and Susan X Jane

 South Africa: Early Childhood Development and Family Support provides students with opportunities for in-depth, transdisciplinary learning about the history and cultures of South Africa, as well as how social and educational services are delivered, especially to vulnerable young children and their families.  Pre-trip readings and classroom discussion will augment students’ experiences in traveling to various parts of the country, visiting South African organizations, engaging in dialogue, and performing service.
Program Highlights: 
1. An International Service Learning component allowing participants to engage with local social service agencies and schools
2. Travel to various locations throughout the country, with opportunities to dialogue with South African leaders in social work, education, and early childhood development
3. Visits to Constitutional Hill, the Apartheid Museum and Robben Island
4. Half-day safari game drive

The learning outcomes for this transdisciplinary course include:
1. Gain knowledge about the history, culture, and current affairs of South Africa.
2. Develop an understanding of the impact of Apartheid and post-Apartheid policies on the people of South Africa, and vulnerable populations in particular.
3. Develop an understanding of some of the opportunities as well as challenges faced by South Africa’s government and NGO’s in delivering social and educational services; especially to disadvantaged children, youths, and families.
4. Develop an understanding of the strengths of the Early Childhood Development and Family Support Work underway and the challenges practitioners and families face.
5. Develop an understanding of some of the opportunities and challenges in South Africa, in building infrastructure to support quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Family Support services.
6. Begin to develop an understanding of the importance and value of transdisciplinary practice. 
1. Increase one’s capacity to engage in cross-cultural and trans-global dialogue and mutual learning, regarding the strengths of and challenges faced by various population groups, as well as relevant organizational and policy issues.
2. Expand one’s abilities to work across disciplines to engage in mutually beneficial cross-cultural, trans-global learning that conveys respect for and sensitivity to cultural differences.
3. Begin to develop skills in working with young children, teachers, and families in an unfamiliar context in ways that demonstrate respect for and support of local norms, values, and traditions.
4. Increase one’s capacity to engage in respectful dialogue with peers and instructors, especially on challenging topics such as racial and religious differences and conflicts. 

1. Increase one’s understanding of him/herself and one’s work in the context of a broader, increasingly globalized perspective.
2. Increase one’s awareness of the strengths and effectiveness of various “ways of knowing” and “ways of intervening” that may differ from those that are familiar.
3. Deepen one’s understanding of the harmful, long-term effects of oppression and discrimination in South Africa and identify parallels in the U.S. and other countries.
4. Increase one’s appreciation for the resilience, resourcefulness, and rich cultural traditions of South Africa’s people.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.