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Afropolitanism, Social Justice and Entrepreneurship

Established in 1829, the University of Cape Town is located in one of the world’s most beautiful geographical landscapes. Its vibrant campus reflects the diversity of South Africa, with a dynamic, international community committed to being the best in Africa. The Global Academy programme is designed to inspire students to be global citizens by exposing them to new cultures, building connections across borders, challenging their perspectives and enabling them to develop a rich understanding of the world.


Course Code


Course Title

Afropolitanism, Social Justice and Entrepreneurship


15 June – 10 July 2020


Designed to inspire students to be global citizens, this course presents comprehensive insights into South African history, politics, culture, social justice and social entrepreneurship. The course connects the past to the present, discussing opportunities and challenges of transformation facing the country, the African continent and the world today. Through engagement and immersion in the local Cape Town context, students will reflect on values of social justice and responsibility, gaining insights into the interconnectivity between their own societies and the rest of the world. Visits to historical, heritage and entrepreneurial community sites will allow students to experience the vibrant and diverse cultures that influence and shape the character of Cape Town and South Africa, as well as expose students to innovative initiatives communities are undertaking to seek solutions to social issues.

Field Trip


Robben Island; The Slave Lodge; District Six Museum; Community Social Entrepreneurship site visits


Target Audience

Bachelor students from 2nd year,

Master students,

PhD students

Further specifications: This is a multi-level course accessible to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in learning about the political history, contemporary culture, social entrepreneurship and social justice initiatives in Cape Town and South Africa.




The course is open to students from diverse educational backgrounds, however students should have an interest in the following disciplines: History, Political Science, Sociology and Development

Delivery Method & Learning Outcomes

The course will be delivered in the format of 12 3-hour interactive lectures, documentary screenings followed by discussion, and excursions. After the course, students should be able to gain an understanding of:

  • The significant social and political processes that have shaped the making of modern South African politics and society
  • The central political questions facing post-apartheid South African society



Students will be assessed according to 4 criteria: their class participation, group discussions, an essay, and a presentation


Credits equivalent at host university & contact hours


6 USA or 12 ECTS credits

Equates to 180 learning hours:

60 hours class time,

42 hours on field trip site visits and excursions

78 hours for self-study


The course will be delivered over a 20-day period (Monday through Friday week) with free weekends on Saturday and Sunday.

The morning sessions will mostly be class-time, with field trip excursions scheduled for the afternoon sessions.

Name of Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)


Dr Zwelethu Jolobe, Mr Philip Broster, Ms Mabel Sithole, Ms Nurishaam Boolay




Check-in date: Students must arrive by the weekend (Sunday) prior to the Start of the Programme.

Students will be able to check in from 2 pm.

Check-out date: Students must depart by the weekend (Saturday) after the end of the Programme.

Students have the option to stay longer, at their own cost, and provided the accommodation facility is alerted in good time to ensure availability of rooms.






Tuition fees: $ 1243 including Programme Coordination & Academic Component

Accommodation, including any deposits: $ 1617

Field trip: $ 539 including excursions (transport & entry fees) to local attraction sites

Textbook fees: None

Miscellaneous fees: $ 385 Group Facilitation & Administrative

Living expenses: $ 176 including Programme meals (welcome lunch & closing dinner)


 TOTAL COST: $ 3960

Visa Requirements

Visa requirements are country specific & each student must ensure they check the RSA entry requirements that apply to their particular passports. Visa fees are for students’ own costs.


Required and/or Recommended Insurance(s)

All students must secure a comprehensive insurance policy from their home country, covering all aspects of their visit to RSA (including travel insurance, medical care, accident & emergency cover, repatriation etc.)



Application Instructions

Please email to request for application form.

Application Closing Date

17 April 2020