UC Davis Summer Abroad
Status: Confirmed and Open
Culture and Development in an African Nation
Arrive Date: July 9, 2017 End Date: August 6, 2017
Ghana was the first country in Africa to achieve an end to colonial rule and a transition to a majority African government. It has also been a prominent theater for trying out solutions intended to end poverty and improve the quality of life of Africans. During our time together, we will examine how these solutions, usually described as ‘development,’ have been envisioned in a specific African country from the mid-20th to the early 21st century. You will be given the opportunity to review and evaluate the impact of varied institutions (government, nonprofits, international agencies) and activities (eco-tourism, mining, farming) in a country like Ghana. We will explore answers to major questions about development while also experiencing Ghana’s popular culture, markets, rainforests, and beaches. Many hands-on activities are planned, as well as visits to development projects and sites of historical or cultural significance in Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Akosombo, and Mampong, among others.
Instructor: Moradewun Adejunmobi
Taught in: English
Max Enrollment: 16
Program Coordinator: Greg Gundersen
Info Session Presentation
African American and African Studies (AAS) 111. Cultural Politics in Contemporary Africa (4 units)
African American and African Studies (AAS) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)
- Experience African history and culture outside the classroom.
- Live in the heart of a major African city.
- More field trips and hands-on activities than you can imagine.
- Tour of slave forts in Elmina; Cape Coast; day of activity at an NGO; visits with Ghanaian families; visits to eco-tourism sites; and more.
- All meals, lodging, and activities are included in the fees.
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- Costa Rican Communities (Costa Rica)
- Sustainable Ecuador—From the Andes to the Amazon (Ecuador)
- The Politics of Global Inequality (Switzerland)