Academics

At-a-Glace

  • Trinity in Barcelona is a “hybrid” study abroad program, meaning that students enroll in a combination of Trinity-taught and local university courses.  Students will enroll in at least two direct enrollment classes alongside local students.
  • All students enroll in the program core course, "Imagining South Africa" (CPTN 279) taught by Trinity College faculty based on-site in Cape Town. Whenever possible, this course makes use of the city and its environs as a classroom through walking tours, academic excursions and other immersion techniques
  • Featuring an unique community-engagement requirement, all students enroll in an academic internship and accompanying seminar worth 1.0 Trinity credit. Past placements have included local NGOs, schools, hospitals, museums, non-profits and other organizations.
  • Students enroll directly in 2-3 courses at one of two prestigious and historic universities alongside local students: University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
  • Broad spectrum of courses available in nearly every discipline. Recommended majors/possible areas of study: biological sciences, natural and life sciences, economics, engineering, African studies, international studies, music, theater and dance, neuroscience, political science, psychology, environmental studies, human rights, urban studies, public policy and law, international studies, political science, anthropology, sociology, history and more.


Curriculum

Trinity Core Course: Imagining South Africa (CPTN 279)
(Required for all students).............................................................................................................1.0 Trinity credit (4 semester hours)

Trinity Elective: Cape Town Internship Seminar (CPTN 199)
(Required Trinity-taught course ).............................................................................................1.0 Trinity credits (4 semester hours)

2-3 Direct Enrollment Courses: UCT or UWC
(Required; courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted)......................1.0-2.0 Trinity credit (4-8 semester hours)


Trinity Course Descriptions

Imagining South Africa (CPTN 279)

Instructor: Dr. Subithra ("Sibs") Moodley-Moore (1.0 Trinity credit = 4 semester hours)
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: None
Fulfills following requirements: Global Engagement


This course is intended to provide an interdisciplinary context for your experience in South Africa.The goal is to systematically relate your personal experience in South Africa with your experiences in the United States in general and at Trinity College in particular. The focus will therefore be comparative. Readings will expose you to South Africa from various angles,  from that of an Afrikaaner soul-searching liberal (Rian Malan); the autobiography of the daughter of a white liberationist communist couple (Gillian Slovo); a black consciousness  leader  (Steve Biko); and a political commentator on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Antjie Krog). The course will conclude with an analysis of a post modern, post-apartheid novel (J.M. Coetzee).

Internship Seminar (CPTN 199)

Instructor: Dr. Subithra ("Sibs") Moodley-Moore (1.0 Trinity credit = 4 semester hours)
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: None

Internships in Trinidad give the student the opportunity to explore personal and academic interests while working with organizations and people at the top of the field. This seminar is intended to complement the student’s internship experience in Cape Town and the project that they must complete as part of the internship. Students are required to discuss readings and to share cultural experiences from daily life as a bridge between the intern’s experience and South African life and culture. Placements include, but are not limited to, human rights, Aids/HIV education and prevention, medical/clinical, women’s rights, education, radio broadcasting, public policy research, fundraising and law. Students must work a minimum of 8 hours a week for a period of 13 weeks, plus periodic meetings with the academic director in Cape Town. They submit a research paper at the end of the term.

Academic Policies

Students will automatically be enrolled in the two Trinity courses and will receive in-house credit for both.  If students want major or minor credit for the Trinity courses, they must get approval from the respective department chairs at Trinity.  This core course gives students a solid understanding of pre and post-apartheid South Africa and you should familiarize yourself with the syllabus so that you do not enroll in a similar course at the university.