Geography of Health and Development

South Africa, Swaziland
Multi-city
Geography of Health and Development
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25late Juneearly AugustBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.8
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
    UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Varies
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

This field based course in South Africa and Swaziland deals with the interconnection of the global economy, local social structures, development, and health. It aims to examine and uncover what structural conditions lead to the varying levels of health and development we find in our communities and in our world.  During this five-week program, students have the opportunity to work on individual research projects, studying both urban and rural communities.

Academics

Students can choose two courses from Geography 446 (Geography of Health and the Global Economy), Geography 370 (Geography of Development), or Geography 455 (Advanced Regional Study). Students will also get 2 units of independent study for a total of 8 units.  In addition, credit towards Africana Studies major and minor credit can be arranged.

This is a field based course in South Africa and Swaziland which deals with the interconnection of the global economy, local social structures, development, and health. It has long been understood that certain places are healthier than others and that levels of health are correlated to economic and community development. This course aims to examine and uncover what structural conditions lead to the varying levels of health and development we find in our communities and in our world.

The course will take place over a 5 week period in two countries in Southern Africa. This region of South Africa and Swaziland has the world's highest rates of HIV infection, therefore much of the course focuses on this pandemic and the implications it is having on the population. This region also has numerous local development projects which aim to increase local incomes and livelihoods as well as to slow the spread of disease. Students will interact with community leaders, health care professionals, government officials, and local educators to better understand the health and economic issues South Africa and Swaziland face.

Students should have a desire to study in an underdeveloped region and must be able to follow rules put forth by the program director.

 

Location

The course will take place in two countries in Southern Africa: South Africa and Swaziland.  Students will fly into Johannesburg, South Africa and begin the program in Pretoria, a 45 minute drive from Johannesburg.  After spending time in Pretoria, the program moves to a rural part of South Africa, and finally to a game reserve in Swaziland.  Students will spend four weeks in South Africa and one week in Swaziland.   

It's important to remember that this is winter in South Africa, so temperatures will be similar to winter in Tucson!

 

Housing

Accommodations vary and will include hotels, dorms and cabins in rural areas

Faculty

Dr. Kristina Bishop has spent the past 15 years working in South Africa and Swaziland on issues of health and development, including serving as a Peace Corp volunteer in South Africa. Her research projects include how use of traditional medicine impacts HIV/AIDS policy in South Africa, the history of afforestation projects in South Africa and human impacts on national parks in the US Southwest.

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