Assignments

1) Active Student Participation: Students will be expected to actively engage in a shared learning experience with the faculty and their fellow students. Students will have the opportunity to interact with South African artists and cultural heritage professionals. The depth and quality of this participation is central to the program and to the evaluation of student performance in the course.

2) Thematic Reflection Papers: Complete four one‐page reflection papers connected to course themes. Entries should be descriptive, reflective, and analytical about the topics and issues covered in the class. The reflection papers will be submitted to and reviewed by faculty weekly. (See as excellent model the blog by University of Illinois doctoral student Martha Webber of her experiences in Durban)

Reflection Papers due:
– end of East Lansing section, 6/14
– end of Johannesburg section, 6/21
– end of Cape Town section, 6/28
– middle of internship, 7/19

3) Documentation Project: As a group we will develop a strategy to document and reflect on our experience that includes photography, video, writing, interviewing, art‐making, and various social media tools. We will collectively determine various roles and responsibilities for this project with each student taking an active role. The documentation project will continue throughout the internship experience with weekly contributions to be discussed with the group.

5) Internship Requirements: See the description of the Internship Program in the Museum Studies Program at Michigan State University. The structure and responsibilities for the intern and the host museum—and mentor—are available at http://museumstudies.msu.edu/about/internships.php

6) Final Examination: Complete a take‐home final consisting of five short essay questions of which you will be required to answer three questions. Additional information will be provided. The exam will be distributed at the beginning of the final week of the session and will be due no more than two weeks after return from South Africa.

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