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LBJ Students Offered 'Maymester' Course on Governance Challenges in Southern Africa

AUSTIN, Texas-- Oct. 14, 2009-- LBJ School Associate Professor Eugene Gholz and LBJ School Assistant Professor Josh Busby will be teaching a "Maymester" course in Cape Town, South Africa, starting May 17, 2010 and ending June 4. The class is titled "Governance Challenges in Southern Africa."

Professor Gholz will be holding an information session Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Bass Lecture Hall from 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. Interested students should register for the course, which is a regular three-hour seminar, for  the spring semester with registration opening Oct. 26.
This course will survey governance challenges in southern Africa, focusing on political and economic development, private security as both a challenge and a solution to crime and instability, public health, especially HIV/AIDS, and environmental protection. By traveling to South Africa, the course aims to augment students' classroom experiences through a number of field trips and service opportunities.
For example, faculty and students will participate in a service project with SHAWCO, a community service organization active in townships, which are all underdeveloped despite the end of apartheid. The class will also visit Robben Island, where the apartheid regime held political prisoners including Nelson Mandela and where former political prisoners now lead tours. In addition, the group will visit Mothers2Mothers, a major recipient of U.S. aid for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
By providing an overarching view of the region's trajectory mostly from decolonization onward, the course aims to help students understand the complex governance challenges facing the region since independence and the end of minority rule in countries like South Africa and Zimbabwe.