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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. On 12 August (Depart for Ghana), 13 August (Students arrive in ACCRA, Ghana. November 17 (Final Day of Program. 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. Amy Patterson is Professor and Chair of Politics at Sewanee. She has led two semester-long study programs to Accra, Ghana, and she has conducted research on health policies and youth in the country. She is excited to return to Accra, where she has many connections. Dr. Patterson will teach the course, “Africa in World Politics: Ghanaian Perspectives.” The course examines challenges, successes, and failures of Ghana’s political development. It pays particular attention to the nationalist struggle, pan-Africanism, and the post 1992 democratic transition, as well as ethnic, religious, and class identities in politics, and it places Ghanaian politics in the context of regional and global political structures and power relations. It uses field trips and guest speakers to supplement course materials.



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 will stay in groups of two or three with local families in homestay accommodations. These accommodations provide meals, laundry, and Wi-Fi.  

      Students may choose two of the following three courses, and the last 2 courses are mandatory for ALL students. 

INGS 325 Globalization and the Challenges of Development in Ghana taught by Akosua Darkwah Globalization and the Challenges of Development in Ghana explores the multifaceted ways in which globalization manifests itself around the world and examines globalization's complex impacts on Ghanaian citizens and on society as a whole. 

Musc 223 The Emergence of "Highlife:" Ghanian Popular Music Highlife music has emerged as one of the most popular world music genres from West Africa in the last century due to the influence of indigenous Ghanaian music heritage juxtaposed with ideas borrowed from the West. This course analyzes the musical varieties within the highlife genre and explores the numerous factors rooted in ethnicity, gender, identity, Pan-Africanism, and generational class relations that have contributed to contemporary understandings of Ghanaian popular music. 

 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. this has an E2 Tag taught by Kofi Baku. This is a mandatory class for ALL students.

  • POLS: Africa in World Politics: A Ghanaian Perspective *(3 credits) - taught by Amy Patterson
    This course examines the challenges, successes, and failures of the continent’s political development, with a particular focus on Ghana. It begins by investigating how colonialism and nationalism affected politics, society, and economies. It then examines post-independence governments, democratic transitions, political institutions, and significant political actors. Using the Ghana case, it questions how ethnicity, gender, and religious identities play into these dynamics, and it questions how Ghana has been able to develop a stable democratic system, while many other African countries have experienced authoritarian rule. Expanding beyond domestic politics, the course pays particular attention to the ways that the African Union, ECOWAS, and donor nations shape politics in Ghana. In the process, it links Ghanaian politics and society to diasporic factors and populations. This is a mandatory class for ALL students.

*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.

Student support.

Comprehensive student support is offered through the Aya Centre. The Aya Centre is a "single-purpose, multi-service organization designed to enhance the learning experience and cultural awareness of persons traveling to Ghana." They provide the following support for our students: 

  • Airport pickup
  • On-site orientation upon arrival in Ghana
  • Cultural events
  • In-country Excursions
  • Farewell dinner
  • 24/7 Emergency support
  • Crisis-management preparedness
  • Fully trained on-site local staff
  • Classroom space
  • Internship and service-learning placements
  • Homestays