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This course looks at the potential for corporations and governments to embrace the U.S. model of market-led approaches to spur greater economic development in apartheid-created, majority Black townships near Cape Town, South Africa.

Students survey South Africa's history and urban economic development landscape and explore the similarities and differences between South Africa and the U.S. In addition to classroom learning, students engage in service learning experiences with organizations in low-income communities. By volunteering with these organizations, students gain first-hand knowledge of how corporations and governments can work together to build new economic centers and address the poverty in the townships of South Africa. Students participate in course-related program activities and excursions in and around Cape Town.


Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts


  • HIS 317L - Maymester: Urban Economic Development and
    L A 119 - Urban Economic Development

Academic Information

Students earn 4 hours of in-residence credit. LA 119 meets on campus during spring term. HIS 317L starts at the end of May in Cape Town and is part of spring registration. Grades are factored into GPA. Meets core curriculum requirements in history and carries the Global Cultures and Ethics/Leadership flags.


Dr. Leonard Moore and Dr. Darren Kelly, senior staff in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, co-direct the program. Dr. Moore teaches HIS 317L. Dr. Kelly teaches classes on leadership and success in the global world.

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Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - Yes
  • Internship - No


Students live in local hotels. A shared room and bathroom are standard. Students are required to live in program housing.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2020 Program Fee: $3550. Program fee includes housing, some meals, excursion administrative and instructional costs, cell phone, and on-site orientation. Program fee does not include airfare, books, insurance, local transportation and personal expenses.

Program Dates:

- Maymester
  • June 3, 2020 to July 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline: November 15, 2019

Application Code


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Next Step

2020 application is now open! Learn more by attending an information session (11/6/ from 5-6pm @ RLP 1.106), meeting with the professor, program coordinator, or a peer adviser. For more info contact Chelsea Cowan at

Program information above is subject to change