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South Africa: Cape Town - Globalization

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Globalization, the Environment & Society Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Environmental and geographical science, oceanography, botany, zoology, archaeology, history, philosophy and anthropology.

Host Institution
University of Cape Town

House with program participants

Program Dates
Spring semester only:  early January to late June

Faculty Liaison
Rick Hazlett

The Macalester-Pomona-Swarthmore Consortium Program offers its students a unique opportunity for focused study on the theme of "Globalization, the Environment and Society: South Africa."  The program has been designed by environmental studies faculty of these three liberal arts colleges in consultation with the University of Cape Town (UCT).  The program's overall educational purpose is to enable participants to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world and its interconnections with human activity.  To do so, students will grapple with the philosophical , scientific, social, aesthetic and ethical dimensions of the program theme.  The academic program provides high-quality teaching, discussion, reading, educational excursions, and includes an optional directed study project. 

The program is based on two key concepts.  Globalization is the dynamic and complex process involving the universal laws of science across diverse environments and the particular challenges confronted by local populations as they engage with the natural world.  Environment investigates the physical and biological systems of the planet and its connection with the human condition.  Students will investigate how this has been expressed over time and across cultures, with a specific focus on South Africa.

Academic Program

The program begins with the core seminar, Globalization and the Environment.  This course is required of all participants and is taught in two parts:  Part 1 by the Consortium Visiting Professor, and Part 2 by the program's Academic Affairs Coordinator.  The seminar includes field trips, films and other educational activities related to the seminar theme (1.0 Pomona course credit.)  When the UCT semester begins in mid-February, students enroll in at least two regular university courses, one of which must support the theme of the program. Music or dance performance courses earn 0.25 Pomona course credits. These should be at the 300 or 400 level (1.0 Pomona credit each). The program also offers participants an opportunity to do a Directed Study Project either individually or in small groups. A list of project topics from previous semesters is available in the Office of Study Abroad (1.0 Pomona credit.)

Students may not take the core seminar on a P/NC basis.

Living Arrangements

Students will live with international students from many other parts of the world in self-catered houses in the general vicinity of UCT.

Number of Students

3 to 5 Pomona students. Total group 12.


Applicants should meet UCT’s and the program’s 3.0 GPA eligibility requirement, have junior status, and in the application essay demonstrate interest and purpose in the program. 

Internet Links

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