In this course you will accomplish the following:
- Have firsthand exposure to the uniqueness of Uganda’s education and culture
- Gain cross-cultural insight into the impact of economy, governance and healthcare on education
- Observe, listen and speak with various leaders in education and other sectors
- Interact cross-culturally with Ugandan students and visit cutting-edge educational programs including the Wildlife Education Center
- Discover Ugandan culture (languages, food, dance, wildlife safari) and its impact on education
- Prerequisites: None
- Fulfills: EDLD 869; elective requirements in M.A. and Ed.D programs
- Information Session: Monday, March 1 at 5:30pm. Zoom details forthcoming.
This course provides a unique, first-hand view of a country which is incomparable to any other Global South nation. A country rich with history, culture, and rapid development, Uganda is a key player in leadership, trade and economic activity due to its abundance of natural resources. The ability to study Uganda's educational path out of underdevelopment, along with the health care, education, political, and economic infrastructures that are in place today will be an invaluable experience to aspiring international leaders. This course begins with seminars in Minneapolis, then takes you to Uganda for a two-week immersion, and ends with closure presentations in Minneapolis. In Uganda, you will explore the past, present, and future educational challenges of this African nation, and how Uganda serves as a regional leader.
Course readings and lectures focused on international and educational leadership theories and practice, will provide the backdrop for synthesis of lecture, dialogue and immersion in Uganda. You will examine and journal about the changing worldview, leadership theories and general psychosocial and learning theories in this cross-cultural exposure. Through immersion in Ugandan culture, you will examine the contradictions between great wealth and abject poverty that have resulted in global, national and community challenges, and will hopefully meet those instrumental in advocating sustainable change in those arenas. The focus is to assist you as you achieve cross-cultural success, address serious issues in culturally relevant ways, and to gain a peak learning experience that will propel you toward relevant action.
The pre-onsite and the onsite schedules are designed to allow you to engage cross-culturally with Ugandan community leaders. For example, during pre-departure sessions, native Ugandans will be invited to address various aspects of the culture of their country including but not limited to the impact of colonization on education, native cultures, status of communities of direct-descendants of African slaves, the life of the ordinary Ugandan, and the dos and don'ts.
Once in Uganda, in addition to attending some daily Luganda lessons (native language of Kampala region), students will observe, listen to and speak with various leaders and members of selected Ugandan communities. The schedule allows engagement in informal conversations with and accompanied visits to remote communities and refugee settlements. In the remote areas, you will learn about the discrepancies between rich and poor in Uganda as you study and mingle with unique socio-cultural contradictions that the country offers. When meeting with university and school students, you will have the opportunity to understand their values and exchange questions and responses.
About the Instructor
Dr. Jean-Pierre Bongila is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. For the last 12 years, he has conducted global leadership courses in South Africa, Tanzania, Cuba, Brazil and Ghana. This unique program allows Bongila and his students to critically engage global inequalities between the global South and the Global North and position themselves as global educators and learners.
Module I (Seminar) & Onsite Participation 20%
Uganda Pre-onsite Paper 10%
Book Summary and Reflection 15%
Topical research & presentation 10%
Post-onsite Portfolio 15%
Post-onsite Comprehensive Essay & Presentation 30%
Locations and Tentative Dates
Kampala, Gulu, and Masaka - Uganda
Pre-departure meetings: TBA
Travel dates: July 6 - 18, 2021
Housing and Meals
Accommodations will be in hotels.
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Total Cost Includes: Tuition, in-country transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals. Students purchase their own international airfare to and from Uganda.
Application Procedures & Deadline
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Final Application Deadline: April 8, 2021
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For more information
On course content, contact:
Dr. Jean Pierre Bongila (JPBongila@stthomas.edu)
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