Mandela’s Legacy: South Africa’s Search for Truth and Reconciliation
In 1994, Nelson Mandela completed his ‘long walk to freedom’ when he was inaugurated as the first truly democratic president of South Africa. Mandela’s remarkable journey from prison to presidency mirrors the country’s journey from apartheid to democracy. Yet, South Africa’s journey was not without conflict and in many ways remains incomplete.
This course will examine Mandela’s life and legacy in South Africa, concentrating on the nation’s transition from apartheid to democracy and the challenges faced by Mandela in trying to create a new South Africa. This course will draw heavily on modern sources, including films, documentaries, and Mandela’s own words. A focal point of the course will the student’s participation in a mock South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Trial as a way to understand South Africa’s attempt to find forgiveness in a land with a tortured past.
- History course