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Study In Ghana

As part of our collaboration with Sewanee and Rhodes our program in Ghana will begin in Memphis, TN (Rhodes College) on July 31 and  then moves on to Ghana for 12 weeks and ends on Nov 18. Students will be studying in Accra, Ghana and will have an amazing opportunity to be able to live and study in this vibrant city.

Dr. Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray is an associate professor of education at Centre.

Prior to joining Centre's faculty in 2006, Murray was support assistant to the Committee for Mathematics Achievement, a state-level committee. She has taught at the secondary and college levels for several years. She has worked with teachers and students as a K-12 mathematics resource coordinator, and with the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership.

She received her B.A. in mathematics from Western Kentucky University, an M.A. in mathematics education from Eastern Kentucky University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kentucky.

The same as studying in Danville, plus a $375 deposit (surcharge/emergency fund/carbon offset) and the $25 Travel Medicine Fee for a total of $400 due 29 March 2023. Flights to the abroad site are also the responsibility of the student. All pre-departure meetings, including the travel medicine meeting held each semester, are mandatory. If you have significant financial need, you may also qualify for additional funding from the Center for Global Citizenship.

Students are required to be in Homestays.

Global Ghana: history, Culture, And Development.

  1. Globalization and the Challenges of Development in Ghana taught by Dr. Akosua Darkwah of the University of Ghana. This course will include site visits to locations within Accra that highlight fashion, food, and gender and entrepreneurship. 
  2. Ghanaian Popular Music taught by Dr. Eric Doe of the University of Ghana. .
  3. Academic Internship and weekly seminar taught by Dr. Elsie Gaisie-Ahiabu, an international educator based in Accra. An unpaid academic internship would replace course #1 or #2 above. (Depends on major and pre-approval from Career Services is required).
  4. Ghana and West Africa’s Pasts in the Black Atlantic* taught by Dr. Kofi Baku of the University of Ghana. This course will be coupled with an overnight field trip to the north of the country, the origins for many people who were enslaved and then brought to the Ghanaian coast for transport to the Americas. Student will also visit Cape Coast, the site for two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the “slave castles” Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle. 
  5. Perspectives on Culture and Communication in the Ghanaian Context* taught by Dr. Sarah Murray, Centre College. Students will define culture and communication within a global context, identifying barriers to intercultural competency. 

Globalization and the Challenges of Development in Ghana:
This course will begin with a brief history of markets in Ghana as we begin to define "What is Globalization?" From various interpretations and meanings of globalisation, we will investigate globalisation’s influence on society including cultural implications. We will discuss topics such as transnationalism, agricultural developments, real estate, manufacturing, and even alternatives to globalisation. How does globalisation interface with social justice movements and women's rights? What part does Ghana play in international relations for the local region and continent of Africa? We will answer these and other questions as we explore our global Ghana.

Ghanaian Popular Music:
Highlife music has emerged as one of the most popular world music genres from West Africa in the last century. The music tradition's success on the world stage is closely associated with its Trans-Atlantic influences and the impact of African traditional and imported Western and Black Diasporic performance norms. The present proliferation and popularization of various musical styles marketed as 'highlife' or Ghanaian popular music point to the fact that Ghanaian musical expressions draw their musical characteristics from indigenous Ghanaian music heritage juxtaposed with ideas borrowed from the West. Styles are differentiated according to time, place, and cultural influences concerning embellishment, language choice, vocal timbres, and instrumental resources. This course analyses the musical varieties within genres marketed as Ghanaian 'popular' or "highlife" music. It offers broader political, economic, and socio-historical perspectives on various factors rooted in ethnicity, gender, identity, Pan-Africanism, and generational class relations that have contributed to contemporary understandings of Ghanaian ‘popular’ and highlife music. Our exploration of Highlife will range from the relationships between Ghanaian and West African music research to the marketing of highlife music today, from ethnographic approaches to Ghanaian performance to the philosophical and ethical considerations involved in studying it. Throughout the course, we will consider how Ghanaian 'popular' musicians and related groups have created a range of sound worlds under considerable social, political, and commercial pressure.

Academic Internship and weekly seminar:
Students will attend a weekly seminar in addition to 10+ hours of internship each week. Students will be placed in internship/service learning assignments at various non-governmental organizations (NGOs), healthcare providers, research institutes, and other local agencies, referred to as ‘attachments’ in Ghana, that are designed to complement the global health and development emphasis of the program, as well as to meet the individual interest of each student. The actual placement of each student will be based on his/her unique academic background, training, skills, and personal interests. The types of attachments available to students are numerous and include areas as diverse as health; environment; family planning; women’s empowerment; new information and communication technologies; agriculture; education; literacy; culture and arts; tourism; politics; economics and business; mass media, and others. Internship duties and responsibilities vary depending on the specific needs of the organization, however, they can include writing, researching, job shadowing, interviewing, advising, teaching, community organizing, mentoring, training, fundraising, photographing, and a variety of other alternatives. The weekly seminar is designed to assist students in working cross-culturally in Accra and to gain the fullest benefit from undertaking an international academic internship. Students will also be given information about ethics, safety, and professionalism in the context of their internship placements. The seminar may include a site visits, weekend field excursions, and day-long community service projects.

Ghana and West Africa’s Pasts in the Black Atlantic*:
The course provides an introduction to slavery in Ghana and West Africa and the Atlantic slave trade out of West Africa. The course uses Ghana as a window to explore the history and material culture of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade in West Africa. It combines lectures, class discussions, documentaries, and field trips to sites of enslavement, slave markets and resistance to slavery and student analysis of contemporary sources. Instead of presenting a comprehensive survey, covering every aspect of this vast subject, this course takes a topical approach by focusing on a selection of themes and issues that are crucial to developing an understanding of slavery in Ghana and West Africa and the slave trade across the Atlantic. Themes to be covered include slavery and nation building in West Africa, African and European agency in slavery and slave trade; slavery and slave trade in framing the social structure of Ghana and West Africa; the legacies of slavery in Ghana and West Africa and the ways in which slavery is remembered in Ghana and West Africa. Throughout the course, we will pay attention to the debilitating effects of slavery and the slave trade on West Africa and on its development.

Perspectives on Culture and Communication in the Ghanaian Context*:
This course will examine how global perspectives influence the way we communicate and collaborate across cultures.  Students will examine how we might define culture and communication within a global context.  As they navigate the Ghanaian landscape, students will identify perceived barriers to intercultural competency and examine how to become an effective communicator in the classroom and beyond.  Students will also analyze how global competency can promote a more diverse and inclusive community. Applying a community-based framework, students will observe and analyze another culture from the inside. In response to specifically framed questions, students will have the opportunity to enhance their critical thinking skills and written communication. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the culture as they interact with family members in their home-stays, network with Ghanaian college students and community members, practice social science research skills such as educational and anthropological fieldwork, and tour local/regional sites. Students’ culminating work will draw from course readings, community-based experiences, and research applications. 


*These two courses are mandatory for all participants. Students will select an additional two courses, or an additional course plus academic internship, for a total of 12 credits. 

Please contact Dr. Lori Hartmann before applying.

Students need a 2.5 GPA to participate 
• Applications open at midnight on November 17th, 2022 and are due no later than noon, February 16, 2023.
• Apply online at Centrenet
•Selected students should pay their non-refundable study abroad surcharge payment and Travel Medicine fee for a total of $400 at the Cashier’s office in Horky Hall by March 29, 2023 to reserve their spot.