Ghana, West Africa, although small in geographic area, has historically and culturally intersected with many parts of the African continent and the rest of the world. Its connection with America began with the TransAtlantic Trade in Human Beings that became popularized through Alex Haley’s book and television series, Roots, and the legacy of Kunta Kinte. Our study abroad program will provide opportunities for students to experience this rich heritage; interact with Gambian families, students and scholars; learn about the challenges of global development with a particular focus on the lives of Gambian women; and participate in a community-led development project. In the end, student’s global perspectives will be challenged and enhanced through this immersive experience on the African continent.
Ghana, West Africa, although small in geographic area, has historically and culturally intersected with many parts of the African continent and the rest of the world. Our study abroad program will provide opportunities for students to experience this rich heritage; interact with Ghanaian families, students, and scholars; learn about the challenges of global development with a particular focus on the lives of Ghanaian women, and participate in a community-led development project. In the end, student’s global perspectives will be challenged and enhanced through this immersive experience on the African continent.
The program will involve two 3 credit courses:
SW 495: International Learning Experience in Social Work: Culture and Social Justice in Ghana
This course provides the theoretical and experiential knowledge base related to difference, dominance (oppression and privilege), social justice, and global leadership and empowerment. We live in an increasingly global world. Through readings, interactive activities, interactions with Ghanaian students, educators, activists, practitioners, and a community-based service learning project with nongovernmental agencies in Ghana, during summer term II, students will deepen their understanding of global social justice issues. They will learn to work together across borders to come up with shared commitments to solve some of our most pressing social welfare social justice issues that include, but are certainly not limited to, world hunger, racial inequity, health disparities, and poverty. This course will encourage students to (a) critically examine their social identities embedded in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, class, ability status, religion and national origin in relationship to power, privilege, and oppression; (b) develop the knowledge and practice skills to address barriers that threaten progress in Ghana, the U.S. and beyond; (c) apply social justice approaches to influence assessment, planning, intervention, and research; and (d) analyze social justice, human and civil rights, and global interconnections as they pertain to policy and programs. This course aims to help students develop competencies in critical self-reflection, social justice equity values and ethics, knowledge, awareness, and skills in a variety of ways so that they can work against manifestations of social injustice. This course requires community-based service-learning in Accra, Ghana.
AFS 491 Globalization, Development, and Culture Change in Ghana
Sub-Saharan Africa is a region that is characterized by the diversity of people, cultures, and experiences but narratives about the region and its people tend to monolithic. Beneath the contemporary and conventional narratives of poverty, war and diseases are a narrative about a once “functioning” social, political, religious and economic institutions of traditional African societies. There is also an account of Sub-Saharan Africa encounters with the outside world, with specific reference to the Trans-Saharan trade, the Atlantic Slave Trade, and Colonialism. In post-colonial times, how Sub-Saharan African countries are responding to globalization, within the context of development and culture change, constitutes another of its significant narratives and is the primary focus of this study abroad course. This course is designed to engage students’ human experiences through cultural interpretation, using the case study of Ghana. Students will analyze the processes and impacts of globalization on development and culture change in non-western settings such as Ghana.
SW 440: International Learning Experience in Social Work: Culture and Social Justice in Ghana (3 cr)
AFS 491-501/ MLS 630-501 Globalization, Development and Culture Change in Ghana (3 cr)
Not on Academic Integrity Probation currently or during the prior semester
EXCURSIONS & EVENTS
Students will visit craft villages, local markets, slave castles, and other historic sites. The program also includes visits to local Universities, art centers, and galleries, as well as the Kakum Rain Forest.
Cost information is shown in the summer budget link above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students to meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial aid offices for information. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship from the Study Abroad Office.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance in 2 to 4 weeks.