DUT SHORT STAY STUDY ABROAD INTERNATIONAL SUMMSERSCHOOL

The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the United Nations member states in 2015

June – July 2022

 

THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS FOR AFRICA

The programme will focus specifically on the African context, giving students first-hand experience through the lens of the South African attempt at achieving these goals. 

 

Introduction

South Africa has been ranked as the most unequal society by the World Bank.  This programme will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations member states in 2015. The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better, and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The SDGs include 17 goals that are interconnected and aimed at achieving them by 2030. The programme will focus specifically on the African context, giving students first-hand experience through the lens of the South African attempt at achieving these goals.

 

 

Programme

Through lectures, dialogues, readings, documentaries and excursions, students will have a chance to learn about the SDGs, and implementation in South Africa. In order to understand the goals within the South African and, students must first understand contemporary South Africa, its challenges and its history.

Students will be exposed to the different challenges faced by African countries and in particular, South Africa. Students will explore the history of South Africa including the history of apartheid and the racial and class divides that resulted in order to understand the economic inequality of the country. The economic inequality, poverty and hunger as a result of conflict in other African countries will be Included in this programme as well.

Lectures are facilitated by Durban University of Technology academics / faculty members. The programme consists of theoretical and practical aspects, with clear focus on the links between theory and practice. that are interactive. Thorough lecture preparation and active participation will ensure an optimum learning experience.

The programme will be structured thematically with lectures and practical aspects matched to specific themes.

 

Learning Outcomes: On completion of this programme students should:

  • Understand the SDGs in full global context.
  • Understand the context of South Africa in relation to the SDGs.
  • Have a highly developed understanding of the social dynamics and inequalities of South Africa – and the challenges they pose for achieving the goals.
  • Be familiar with conflict across Africa, and how these may impact achievement of the goals.
  • Understand, fully, the social and political economic impact of apartheid, and the struggle against it.
  • Understand the post-94 national drive for alleviating poverty in South Africa.
  • Have critical insight into contemporary South African socio-economic and political realities.
  • Have a fuller appreciation of the challenges facing South Africa.