Humans and Nature in South Africa
Conducted in English
This course explores the interface between humans and the natural world, with a specific focus on South Africa. Through readings, discussion, field trips, and written assignments, we will exam the ways in which humans view animals, historically and today, in a variety of contexts: animals as food, as pets, as pests, and as study subjects. We also will discuss wildlife conservation principles and challenges, including the causes and consequences of human-wildlife conflict. Finally, we will investigate and discuss real-life conservation challenges in South Africa, including big-game hunting, ivory poaching, wild cats as agricultural pests, and conflict between humans and nonhuman primates, such as baboons and vervet monkeys. The course will include field trips around the Cape Town area, including the Castle of Good Hope, the IZIKO and District Six museums, Robben Island, the Christiaan Barnard museum, Monkey Town, the Boulders Penguin Colony, Cape Point, and the Cape of Good Hope, and various baboon-frequented areas of the Cape Peninsula.
Watch a documentary made by the students who traveled to South Africa during the January 2012 Intersession
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
NY departure and return dates: January 2-24, 2018
Arrive in Cape Town: January 3rd
Course: 3 credits- ANTH 279
Faculty: Dr. Larissa Swedell
Housing: University of Cape Town residence halls
Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $3500
CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $855
Travel insurance: $47
Consolidated Fee (includes housing, tuition differential, field trips and excursions) : $2598
Not included in the above cost:
Airfare: $1500 (estimate)
Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $25 to $30 per day.
Application Deadline: October 27, 2017
Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.
Education Abroad Office
King Hall, Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367-1597
Email: Education Abroad
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