Race, Class, and Community Development in South Africa

During the apartheid era, black South Africans were systematically denied access to basic economic resources and political representation. This changed dramatically in 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected as the first democratic president of a non-racial ‘New’ South Africa, marking the end of 500 years of colonial rule on the African continent and ushering in an era of new hope and opportunity for historically disadvantaged populations in the country. Since that time, South Africa has undergone a dramatic period of economic and political restructuring, with dynamic new development processes being pursued at all scales, from the community to the nation and beyond.

Developed in collaboration with the Durban University of Technology, the course is very hands-on. Working closely with local non-governmental organizations and government development initiatives, students will have the opportunity to engage first-hand in development initiatives and residents of historically disadvantaged communities. The course also includes extended field visits to development projects in and around Johannesburg, and to the Somkhanda Game Reserve near the Swaziland Border.

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Voices of Rural Women

Carrots & Peas

Kenneth Gardens Senzokuhle Clinic


Kwadabeka, Durban

Somkhanda, South Africa


Community Building

Final Report