African Sustainable Communities
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The 21st century is an era of immense transformations throughout Africa. Economic, political, and social developments are rapidly changing local communities, providing new opportunities and creating new uncertainties. African Sustainable Communities is an MA program that brings together students from around the world, creating a unique learning environment to tackle the complex issue of sustainability in community development. We are preparing you for the rapid changes we are seeing across Africa, through a multidisciplinary approach. You will take part in a vibrant conversation examining the complex circumstances influencing lasting change.
Rational and Goals:
The program of study places African communities at the center, and analyzes the political, economic, cultural, and social factors impacting their initiatives over the long term. Our aim is to provide students with the theoretical background, analytical skills and practical perspectives that are needed for realizing individual and communal endeavors across a broad spectrum of fields. We believe that community interventions, whether they are in the social, cultural, or more applied fields of science, agricultural or economics, should reflect knowledge of history, politics, economics, social and cultural studies. Students spend a year of intensive learning together at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where the African Studies program has already earned an international reputation of excellence. Following this, all students draw upon the knowledge and skills they acquired in the academic setting and apply them to an initiative in a local community in Africa.
Program Duration and Structure:
The MA in African Sustainable Communities is a year and a half long program (three semesters plus additional write up time for Thesis Track). The first year is dedicated to formal study and course work at the BGU campus in Beer Sheva. The program is made up of mandatory core classes, a project workshop, research methods, and electives that students choose according to their interests. Students must finish their required and electives classes over the course of two semesters at BGU. During the third semester, students spend a minimum of three months in a local project in Africa, planned with the support of the program staff. There is an Applied Track, suited to most students in the program, and also a Thesis Track, for those interested in conducting an in-depth research project. For a detailed overview of the program structure, click here.
A Sampling of Classes:
– Development in Africa: Theory, Practice and Critique
– Politics and Society in Africa of the 20th Century
– Measuring Sustainable Change
– Social Analysis of Environmental Issues
– The Politics of Global Health
– Gender and Development
– Liberation Theology and Religious Movements in Africa
– Sports and Development in Africa
Applicants should hold a B.A. degree from an accredited university with a grade point average equivalent of 80/100 and above. Along with other application materials, candidates must submit a written assignment. Final selection will be based on an online interview.
- Submitting mandatory application documents (as listed below).
- Paying registration fee (unless exempted).
- Application is processed.
- Personal interview via Zoom.
- Announcement of acceptance/rejection.
- If accepted – paying the deposit.
- Arranging for a student visa and health insurance.
Mandatory application documents to be sent to [email protected]:
- Online registration form
- An official copy of the applicant's academic transcripts and diploma.
- A copy of the first page of your passport.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV).
- Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work and skills.
- Two essays in accordance with the instructions here: Essay 1, Essay 2.
*Please note: upon arrival in Israel, original documents must be presented.
**Information about Visa:
Information about Health Insurance:
**Visa will be arranged with the assistance of the program.
Submission of admission documents no later than May 31st, 2021.
October 17th, 2021 – June 24th, 2022
Tuition and Scholarships:
Tuition is approximately $10,000.
Scholarships (Full and partial) are available for qualifying candidates.
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The Marcus Campus dormitories are home to a vibrant student community and are offered
based on availability.
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You are also invited to a webinar to hear more about the MA in African Sustainable Communities:
April 28, 2021, 18:00 Israel time (GMT+3) – Join Zoom Meeting
May 5, 2021, 18:00 Israel time (GMT+3) – Join Zoom Meeting