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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Pretoria, South Africa; Soweto, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Undergraduate
Living Arrangements: Hotel Prerequisite: LSP 112
Liberal Studies Domain: EL, Seminar on Multiculturalism in the U.S. Study Abroad Contact: Erica Rideaux
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

South Africa

South Africa is a study in contrast: affluence and poverty, and splendid beauty and squalor. This course examines the historical and contemporary socioeconomic factors governing the residential patterns of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and South Africa, and the impact of these residential patterns on life chances and opportunity in American and South African societies.

Part I of the course examines the historical experiences of minority groups; current socio-economic characteristics of the population; and some historical legal and economic antecedents that provide a context for understanding the seemingly intractable socio-economic disparities that exist between whites, and racial and ethnic minorities in both nations.

Parts II examines the quest for a democratic society in the U.S. and South African context, and critiques the concept of cultural neutrality (the melting pot concept); the chief attributes of a multicultural society, and the dominant principles guiding American and South African society, i.e., democracy, equality, and justice.

The final part of the course, Part III, examines the impact of housing policies, mortgage lending practices, and resulting residential segregation on the life chances of racial and ethnic minorities. Of particular importance, will be an examination of the impediments that racial and ethnic minorities continue to face in their attempt to realize equal residential, employment, health care, and educational opportunities.

The South Africa portion of the program will include travel to Johannesburg, Soweto, and Cape Town, South Africa. Students will visit sites that are associated with South African apartheid and pre and post-apartheid periods; reflect on the current social justice challenges facing South Africans on a daily basis; and promote comparisons of social justice and reconciliation challenges and successes between South Africa and the U.S.

Valerie C. Johnson Dr. Valerie C. Johnson received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department at DePaul University in Chicago. She is the author of Black Power in the Suburbs: The Myth or Reality of African American Suburban Political Incorporation) (2002), and co-editor of Power in the City (2008). Her current book project is entitled, At the Water’s Edge: The Unfinished Business of Black Equality. Her research and teaching interests include African American politics, urban politics, and education policy.

Dr. Johnson is the former national education spokesperson for Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., and has served as a consultant for elected officials and community organizations nationwide.

All students will be enrolled in the following courses:
Course LSP 200/SAP 200: American and South African Apartheid
***(SAP 200 is for students who have already completed LSP 200)***
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2021
Class meeting times Mondays 6-9:15 PM, LPC
Liberal Studies domain Fulfills the Experiential Learning domain for students taking SAP 200
Taught by Valerie Johnson
Course description This course examines the socio-economic and political factors governing the residential patterns of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and South Africa, and the impact of these residential patterns on life chances and opportunity in American and South African societies.
Course SAP 200: Travel/Study
Credits 2 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2021
Class meeting times N/A
Liberal Studies domain Experiential Learning
Taught by Valerie Johnson
Course description The travel portion of your course—ANT 397—is an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the topics that you studied in LSP 200. Throughout your travel to Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria and Cape Town, you will come face to face with policies, practices, and issues that will be familiar to you from your class lectures, readings, and films.
    Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in fall quarter, but coursework is due in winter quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Students accommodations will include: Garden Place Guest House in Johannesburg, and Sweet Ocean View in Cape Town.

Some extracurriculars and excursions in South Africa will include the following:
  • The Apartheid Museum
  • The Mandela House
  • Freedom Square
  • The Penguin Colony
  • The Hector Pietersen Memorial
  • Union Buildings, Pretoria
  • Voortrekker Monument
  • Green Market Square
  • Iziko Slave Lodge
  • Bokaap Museum
  • Robben Island
  • Langa Township
  • District Six Museum
  • University of Cape Town
  • The Parliament

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

All students of color, first-generation students, and students with high financial need who are accepted to an Identities Abroad program will automatically be awarded a $1,500 scholarship, which covers a substantial portion of the program fee. All students who apply to an Identities Abroad program will also be considered for additional DePaul Study Abroad scholarships to further reduce the cost of participation. DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward in the Summer 2021 term. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the IA@South Africa: American and South African Apartheid program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA