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South Africa: Educational and Social Reform

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The course will use South Africa’s post-apartheid social and educational reforms as a case study to explore access and equity issues in education. What are the policies in place, challenges in implementing policies, and successes? There will be a comparison made with the US education context while drawing lessons from other countries in Africa. The course covers policies in K-12, higher education, and informal education systems that provide support for success in education. You will learn from people who are grappling with reform issues on a daily basis, explore the country’s diverse cultures, and gain an understanding of the challenges faced by its leaders and policymakers. Researchers, government officials, and other experts will share their own experiences in lectures and discussions.

Teboho Moja

Department Chair: Administration, Leadership, and Technology Department, Professor of Higher Education

South Africa (specific locations to be announced)

Program Dates:

Summer 2022 (exact dates to be announced)

Application Deadline:

Summer 2022 application deadlines will be announced soon.

Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate students who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals with a bachelor's degree who are not enrolled at an academic institution
Related Areas of Study:
  • Educational Leadership
  • Higher Education
  • International Education

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


The following courses are offered:

  • AMLT-GE-2073.099 (Class # XXXX) - International Perspectives: Education and Social Reform in South Africa - 3 points
  • AMLT-GE-2063.099 (Class # XXXX) - Field-Based Projects on South Africa's Reforms - 3 points

Offered through the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how these courses may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Sample Syllabus


Estimated Direct Cost Total - TBD

View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Summer 2022 term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

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