Program in African Studies

African Studies Seminar

AFS 305T: Ideology, Nationalism and Development: An Experiential Study in Tanzania's (R)evolution From Colonialism to Socialism and Back to Capitalism
June 11 - July 20, 2018 (6-weeks) 
Directed by Mahiri Mwita, Lecturer, PIIRS

The United Republic of Tanzania is one of the best examples of how African states have struggled to reinvent themselves from a colonial experience and pursue a nationalistic development agenda. Tanzania's initial postcolonial trajectory attempted to ignore the power of neo-colonial capitalism, but failed due to both local and global forces. This course will explore the political, cultural, linguistic and economic experience of Tanzania since its colonization (first by Germany, and then by Britain after World War II), its postcolonial experiment with African Socialism through the contemporary state of reinventing a new state and society. Class instruction and all coursework will be in English at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam Monday-Friday for six weeks. Students will be required to volunteer for a minimum three hours/week in community activities. There will also be local field trips to historic sites, museums and government offices within Dar es Salaam and weekend trips to Zanzibar and Ngorongoro National Park. The seminar begins on June 11, but students are expected to arrive on June 9th. 

The seminar is taught as part of the Princeton in Dar es Salaam program. Except for classroom instruction, students in this seminar live together with students in the Swahili course and both groups share all other aspects of the Princeton in Dar experience, including particicpating in the same community service/volunteer actvities and weekend cultural trips to Zanzibar and Arusha/Ngorongoro conservatory.

Program Costs and Financial Aid Information

The tuition for the African Studies Seminar is $4310, which includes:

  • Tuition and affiliated institutional fees are $1050
  • Hotel accommodations for 23 days are $920
  • Home stay for three weeks is $540
  • Cultural trip to Zanzibar Island  (3 days, 2 nights – transportation, lodging, entry permits, guided tours of cultural heritage sites) costs $600
  • Trip to Arusha/Ngorongoro Game Park (4 days, 3 nights - transportation, lodging, guided safari) costs $700
  • Local field trips within Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo etc (Transport, Museum entrance fees, local guides) costs $300
  • Shuttle transportation for 6 weeks (airport pick-up/drop-off, daily commute from hostel to class, and to Mwenge Youth Center, incidental local travel) $200.

ADDITIONAL COSTS: Students are responsible for round-trip airfare (approx. $1,900), their own personal expenses/meals (approx. $420), pre-travel vaccinations (approx. $500), travel visa fees (about $182).

Students may apply to the Dean's Fund for Summer Study Abroad. Students are also encouraged to search Princeton’s Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE), which connects students with University funding for activities, including summer study abroad. 

Students who require further funding should consider a Princeton Subsidized Student Loans, which are available from the Office of Financial Aid and are highly recommended over charging seminar costs to a credit card. Please consult Financing Options for Students and Parents 2017–18, specifically pages 1–2 and Table 3, and contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Students admitted to the program will be notified by email on or before March 10, 2018. Admitted students should confirm their participation by email by March 21, 2018. A non-refundable deposit payment of $500 (which will go towards the program fee) will be charged to their student account. Students who accept a place and then, before the program begins, withdraw or cannot participate because they are no longer enrolled at Princeton, will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable cost. There are no refunds after the start of the program. 


All students will stay in shared rooms at a local, secure hotel within the environs of the University of Dar es Salaam for the first three weeks of the program. In the second half, students live with Tanzanian host-families within and nearby campus.

Pre-Departure Information


For additional information, please contact Tim Waldron, the program administrator of the program.