Study and work with youth around the world and stay on track to graduate. The Learning Abroad Centeroffers programs around the world to enhance your undergraduate experience.
Though the magnificence of South Africa’s people and landscapes is vast, it is often said that visitors “ignore the view” by overlooking the juxtaposition between acute poverty in the townships and immensely affluent neighborhoods (built for-and-by the white minority during Apartheid). Mindful visitors often put into question the “free market” and recognize that Apartheid’s history of racism and classism still exists in all fabrics of life; and, many “westerners” try to assist through service or volunteerism without fostering real change. In Africa, “service” is a billion-dollar industry. Abuse by western volunteer organizations and other programs has included half-finished work, time and resources drained from communities, and unchanged “volunteers.” But, do we do nothing?
In this course, we will explore the dynamics of power, privilege, and repression through social justice advocacy and scholarly analysis of the “oppressive savior complex.” We will ask:
Youth involvement in civic and political activities is both celebrated and feared. In this course we will explore the different efforts and effects of youth involvement in civic and political activities throughout Croatia's history and how young people have both supported fascist regimes and peace and justice movements. Through exploring the Croatian history of youth involvement in civic and political activity, we also introduce civic youth work as a form of community-based youth work, to locate it in two frames –community-building for healthy youth development and youth civic engagement (citizenship), and show the relations among the two. We will visit both historical sites and meet with current youth workers and youth programs to learn more about the challenges and controversies of youth involvement in social change in Croatia.
This course will explore the following questions:
In this course, we will visit three communities in Croatia: Osijek, Zagreb, and Rijeka (along with a two-day visit to the island of Krk).
The course is co-taught with colleagues in Croatia whose work is based in each of these communities. In addition to daily visits to youth organizations, we will also visit cultural and environmental sites to better understand the history and culture of Croatia, including Plitvice National Park, the Museum of Slavonia, the Jesanovac memorial, and the Museum of Broken Relationships. Students will have time to also explore these regions on their own.