South Africa Courses

Students and Classes

The student population of Temple South Africa is small in number as the program is specialized. Our typical student is a  junior or senior from a college in the United States with an academic background in journalism, media, communications, film, theater as well as students majoring in the College of Liberal Arts, among others, and will have no trouble taking the journalism courses we offer in South Africa during the summer.  Temple students who successfully complete (with a C- or better) the courses on this program will satisfy the Global/World Society requirement. Please note that you do not earn an additional three credits, but the requirement is waived as completed.

The School of Media and Communication is offering a new International Communication Concentration to SMC majors and most of the courses on the South Africa program can be used to fulfill requirements for this concentration.  More information on the International Communication Concentration can be found on the undergraduate bulletin here.  If you are interested in declaring this concentration, you must have already declared a major within the School of Media and Communication, be in good academic standing and complete this form (PDF) and return it to the Advising Center in Room 9 in Annenberg Hall.  You should also consider making an appointment with an academic advisor prior to declaring the concentration to go over your academic progress.

Journalism 3751: Foreign Study in Journalism (6 s.h.)

This program will have a journalistic focus with the prime purpose of producing ‘news content.’ This production will be multi-media inclusive of audio, photographs, text and video. The production/equipment format will focus on use of mobile media. The program can accommodate students who do not have a journalism/production background such, as students interested in conducting term-paper-style research. However, that research must have a journalism-media focused topic.

Students will choose between either a production track or a research track.  Students who select the production option will research, produce, and edit stories in formats – written text, audio, video, multimedia web or photography. Students who select the research option will research and write weekly research papers on topics ranging from mass media, social media, and the rapidly changing political, social, cultural and economic issues in post-Apartheid South Africa. Weekly guest speakers will include journalists, media professionals, business people, civil society activists, and academics.

Seven Week Program Layout:

Week One: You will spend the first week on Temple’s campus attending orientation sessions which will include presentations on South African culture, history, and politics and instruction on multi-media production and reporting/research techniques and social media for reporters.

Week Two: During the second week students will engage in educational field trips to locations around Johannesburg where organizations and/or individuals will provide instructional, contextual or informational presentations.  More information and details can be found on the South Africa student life page.

Week Three: Students will work on producing their own news content and will have the opportunity to hear from media experts during evening presentations.

Week Four: During the fourth week students will engage in educational field trips to locations around Cape Town where organizations and/or individuals will provide instructional, contextual or informational presentations. More information and details can be found on the student life page.

Week Five: The fifth week of the program and final week in South Africa students will work to finalize their production of assignments. This week will include a few presentations from experts in the evening along with program-end activities.

Weeks Six and Seven: Students will complete post-production and research projects at Temple University.

Application deadline: March 1, 2015

The 2015 Faculty Director

Since 2004, Professor Karen M. Turner has made three trips to South Africa. During her first visit to Cape Town she kept thinking the contrasts and similarities of post-apartheid South Africa would be a perfect study away experience for Temple students. In 2013 she had the opportunity to co-direct the program in Johannesburg. Those students produced content that won a professional EPPY for their Tumblr site. In addition to South Africa, Professor Turner has directed the SMC Study Away London program.

She is the director of the broadcast journalism concentration in the Department of Journalism and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in broadcast journalism, performance, race studies, and media law and ethics. Professor Turner is a 2013 Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching awardee. She was the inaugural recipient (2004) of the School’s Innovative Teaching award.

Professor Turner is looking forward to sharing her love for this very unique country with students interested in producing content using all forms of journalistic storytelling and conducting in-depth research.