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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: May Intensive
  • Restrictions: Bentley applicants only
  • COST (click here): May Intensive
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Intensive 2020 01/29/2020 01/29/2020 05/09/2020 05/24/2020
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Eligibility: Undergraduate Faculty Leader: Berdrow, Iris
Credits/Typical Courseload: 3 Prerequisite: Instructor permission required
Program Advisor: Lauren Schuller Earle and Sloan Travel Fellowship Available: Yes
Global Social Responsibility Travel Fund Available: Yes International Citizens Group Study Abroad Scholarship Available: Yes
Herbert J. and Susan P. Maletz Study Abroad Scholarship Available: Yes Priority Given to: MG Majors in Global concentration, MG Majors in the HR concentration
Program Description:

Sustainable Development is defined as “development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The interest in, and practice of, sustainable development has embraced the understanding that it is not about how companies spend their profits, but rather how they generate their revenue.  In particular, how their revenue generating activities impact people (employees and society), place (locale and the environment) and profits (organizational and stockholder financial benefits) – the triple bottom line.  The notion of responsible leadership has risen as the guiding star for achieving sustainable development. This faculty-led course will focus on how culturally conditioned values, attitudes, beliefs and norms of behavior influence the development of responsible leaders, and their ability to achieve sustainable development in South Africa, an area of significant change and rapidly adapting management practices.  The course offers students the opportunity to be part of the positive changes in South Africa by engaging in a team work project with a local organization.  In addition, students will visit other businesses – from large corporations to small local entrepreneurial ventures; cultural sites such as the Mandala Museum and Robben Island; a Fairtrade farming cooperative; and a big five game park for a sunset and sunrise game drive.  Students will attend two pre-travel sessions focused on Culture and Sustainable Development, spend 14 days in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, and complete two papers post trip.  Students will earn three credits for the combined formal classroom, in-country program and written assignments.   Students will only be accepted into the course if they have submitted a satisfactory application and have met faculty expectations.  Preference will be given first to students in the Human Resource Management Concentration or the Global Leadership Concentration.  If space is still available, all other majors/minors/concentrations will be considered.

This course counts as an "International Service Learning" opportunity. 

First presession: Saturday March 28th, 2020 9am – 1pm
Second presession: Friday April 18th, 2020 9am – 1pm
Travel Dates: Departing Late May 8, In country May 9 – May 24, 2020.

Sample syllabus and itinerary:
MG3900 Sus Dev in SA 2020 Syllabus.pdf

Please email Professor Iris Berdrow for additional information.