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Humans and Nature in South Africa

Conducted in English

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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

Program Costs:

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 
718-997-5055 (FAX)  
Email: Education Abroad​

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