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South Africa: Apartheid to Inclusion

The Summer 2024 South Africa program will examine workforce and economic consequences of the nation’s evolution from slavery to apartheid to a culture seeking to be more ethnically inclusive in its journey toward becoming a global economic power.  The program will visit Johannesburg and Cape Town, two cities where students will interact with people, neighborhoods, cultures, movements, and museums that help them viscerally and intellectually grasp this evolution. Each class will examine contemporary initiatives supporting economic growth and inclusion.

The itinerary includes exploring humankind’s impact on the natural environment and wildlife; visiting townships and neighborhoods created to house those displaced by apartheid; visiting a local university; visiting key landmarks of the struggle against apartheid; understanding the resilience and beauty of the people and their cultures; and, experiencing the natural beauty of the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and engaging in a two-day instructional safari.


Program Dates

Malibu: May 31, 2024 - June 7, 2024

South Africa: June 7, 2024 - June 29, 2024


Tuition: $2,070 per unit (same as Malibu tuition per unit)

Room & Board: $2,696

Program Specific Costs:

  • Global Health Fee: $75


Course Requirements

6 unit minimum requirement


Course Offerings

Students will enroll in two classes during the program: Organizational Behavior (BA 366)  and Principles of Microeconomics (BA/Econ210), for a total of six units. BA 366 (prerequisite, English 101) is required for all majors in the business administration division and satisfies the cultural awareness GE requirement for all Seaver students. The course will be led by Dr. J. Goosby Smith, Vice President for Community Belonging & Chief Diversity Officer.  The BA/ECON 210 course is required of all economics and business administration division majors and satisfies a GE requirement for all Seaver students. This course will be led by Dr. Dean Baim, Professor of Economics and Finance.  


BA 366 Organizational Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: English 101

GE: Cultural Competence

An integrated and interdisciplinary study of behavioral science for management. The course attempts to integrate the psychological and sociological aspects of human behavior as they relate to management. Focus is on individual, group, and organizational behavior. Topics include communication, motivation, group dynamics, leadership, power, reward systems, organizational structure, and managing conflict and change.


BA/ECON 210 Introduction to Microeconomics (3)

GE: Human Institutions and Behavior

A study of the factors underlying the economic decisions of households and business units. Analysis of the determinants of demand, supply, utility, and costs of production. Price and output determination under various market structures is also studied, as well as pricing and employment of resources. (BA 210 is equivalent to ECON 210.)



Program Faculty Directors

Dr. Dean Baim

Dean Baim

Professor of Economics and Finance
Business Administration Division, Seaver College

Dr. Dean Baim is a professor of economics and finance at Pepperdine University. He is the recognized authority in the economic impact of sports stadiums and arenas on local communities and the financing of sports stadiums. He is the author of Sports Stadiums as a Municipal Investment. He, and co-author Marilyn Misch, wrote Beijing Olympics 2008: What Kind of Games to You Want to Play? which appeared in Review of Business Research. 

Dr. J. Goosby Smith

J. Goosby Smith

Vice President for Community Belonging
Chief Diversity Officer

J. Goosby Smith serves as the University’s inaugural vice president for community belonging and chief diversity officer. Guided by God's call to unite God's people, Smith approaches her specialty areas of human diversity, inclusion, and belonging with intellectual rigor, methodological soundness, patience, a healing spirit, a love for humanity, and a good-natured sense of humor.

Updated 08.08.23