UW Oshkosh

Seminar on Sustainability and Globalization: Africa's Experience in Uganda

Location: Iganga District - Uganda
Dates: May 16 - June 1, 2015 (Dates are tentative)
Courses: Human Services 325, 375, 420; Liberal Studies 331; Ed Leadership 719
Accommodation: student housing; hotel
Program Model: Faculty-led
Contact: Dr. Alfred Kisubi, N/E 509, 424-7236


Seminar on Globalization: Africa’s Experience in Uganda

This two-week multidisciplinary study abroad course held at Busoga University, Iganga, Uganda. Busoga University is a private (non-profit making) institution founded by the Church of Uganda under the Busoga Diocese. It is located 35km along Jinja-Iganga/Mbale Tororo highway and is situated in the Iganga Christian Missionary Society (CMS) Educational Village. Topics of study include Ugandan history and culture; the impact of globalization on East Africa; economic, social and political issues in contemporary Ugandan society; issues in sustainable agricultural, natural resource, wildlife and environmental management; development through government, faith-based or Non-Government Organizations; and introductory Kisoga language.

Busoga University is in the town of Iganga, about 24 miles east of from well-known source of the Nile and lake Victoria in Jinja. Students will stay at Mums Resort Hotel near Busoga  campus, living and studying amongst East African students and professors. Daytime excursions will expose students to schools, social service agencies, farms, businesses, wildlife and various Ugandan institutions.

An on campus introductory session prepares students for the Africa Experience in Uganda. Topics include Ugandan and East African history, culture, geography, politics, literature, wildlife, as well as logistical preparation for study abroad (passport, visa, inoculations, etc…).

Students taking the seminar will earn 3 credits either HSL 325, or HSL 420 or LIBST 331 or EDLD 719 and an attendance certificate for the seminar.
Lecturers, who teach the seminar, are drawn from Iganga University as well as local practitioners. Daily educational excursions to local historical, cultural, and development sites complement students' class work. Sites to be visited may include: Primary and Secondary Schools, an HIV/AIDS Project, a Street Children’s Program in the city of Jinja, the Source of the Nile, Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, water and health clinic programs, Sugar and Tea Plantations and other tourist attractions. 

Above all students will learn much in the trip about African hospitality, globalization and the differences in resource utilization and cuisine between their host and home countries. Those who went before admitted the trip had given them an opportunity to learn the lesson of a lifetime, particularly about the things they had taken for granted in the U.S.



Program Application & Guide
June 10, 2013