NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7

Second semester course, 3 lectures per week

Convener: Associate Professor A Mendelsohn

Entrance requirements: At least 2 courses at 1000-level and 2 courses at 2000-level in historical, cultural studies or social science offered by the Faculty of Humanities, or by permission of the Head of Department.

Course Outline: This course will explore the often troubled, sometimes torturous, and occasionally extraordinary experience of ethnic and religious minorities in South Africa over the past 200 years. Comparative case studies will examine the origins of different immigrant countries, the cultural baggage that they carried to these shores, their reception in South Africa, their adaptation to their new environment, their encounter with South Africa's racial dynamics, their economic, social, and political trajectories, and their place in South Africa today. The course will also examine questions of identity within these transnational communities, particularly their notions of homeland and diaspora.

Lecture times: 6th period

DP requirement100% of required coursework; course evaluation is to be completed.

Assessment: Course work counts for 50% of the final mark and a two hour examination at the end of the semester counts for the remaining 50%.