NEW for May 2017: 21st Century Ghana: Culture, Institutions and Development In West Africa (SASS 575)

Program Dates: May 14 – 29, 2017

Pre-trip seminars February 18 and April 8; post-trip seminar TBD

Course Leaders:

Mark Joseph

Joy Bostic, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies

Approved for: Global and Cultural Diversity credit, Social Science credit for Engineering students, Social Work Minor credit, Elective Course credit

Course Description: This two-week, 3-credit study abroad course to Ghana, West Africa will introduce students to the history and culture of Ghana, its social, political and economic development, and current social issues and institutional responses. The immense potential and enduring challenges of sub-Saharan Africa will serve as a contextual backdrop to this course’s focus on Ghana, one of the continent’s most politically and economically stable countries. In 2011, Ghana had the world’s fastest growing economy but has since struggled to sustain this growth. The dynamics between developing countries and multinational aid organizations will also be examined. Two key tensions in modern day Ghana will be explored. First, the tension between the traditions of the past and the exigencies of the globalizing present. Second the tension between increased quality of life and access to opportunity for some, juxtaposed against deep enduring poverty and hardship for much of the population.

Site visits and activities may include (subject to change):

  • Accra: hospital visit, primary school visit, community development agency visit, international aid agency visit, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, WEB Dubois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture, walking tour of slum areas – Gamashie, Nima or Jamestown, Artist Alliance Art Gallery, University of Ghana – Legon, Ashesi University/Local village community Berekuso, Accra Mall, optional church service
  • Central Region: Cape Coast or Elmina Slave Castle, Kakum National Forest and Canopy Walk, beach visit, village visit: Atwia or Krofu, primary school visit
  • Kumasi: Manyhia Palace, National Cultural Center, Central Market, craft villages of Bonwire and Adowonmase, Glass and Adrinka village, Cocoa Farm
  • Homestay with a Ghanaian family
  • Work shadowing with a Ghanaian professional
  • Village community service project

Apply here. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Chupp, Director of International Education Programs, or Valerie Rambin, International Education Programs Manager about this or other Mandel School study abroad programs. Contact Nancy Issa for Financial Aid eligibility details and procedures.