This course is designed to introduce students to the West African country of Ghana. Ghana has a major impact on the economic and cultural development of societies in the “New World”: in “Turtle Island” (i.e., The United States), Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Ghana, and a number of other West African countries supplied Europeans with captured Africans for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
Historically, much of Sub-Saharan Africa history has been, at best been ignored, and at worst, covered up or distorted. This short-term faculty-led program will help students learn about Ghana before European contact (i.e., Kumbi Saleh: City of Gold), the consequences of European contact (i.e., the slave trade, and colonialism), post-colonial Ghana of 1957 (Black Star), through the coup of 1966 to the present Ghana in a Globalized World.
Students and faculty will be housed at the University of Ghana, Legon. We will tour the city of Accra, the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, Kwame Nkruham Memorial Park, Makola Market, Old Accra, Cape Coast Castles, the city of Kumasi, Kumasi Cultural Center, and the Volta river. Students will have the opportunity for home visits with local people. We will interact with students and faculty at the University of Ghana, Legon. Faculty at the University of Ghana will conduct history and cultural sessions at the University and at off campus sites.
To be updated at a later date
(includes: lodging, most meals, ground transportation, etc.)
Total Program Cost Estimate: TBC