Accra, Ghana

Course Information

Accra, Ghana | 2017 Summer Session II

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.


Taught in English
You will enroll in three to five credits per session. At least one 3-credit course is required in each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and is subject to change.

Session I

Session II

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Service Learning

Service learning is a particular type of course offering that combines the classroom with the community and academics with action. Prepare to make yourself a part of the city where you study in a way that most visitors cannot experience. It will call for some initiative and a willingness to become involved. Service Learning is a course and counts as part of your credit load. It cannot be taken for audit. Note that non-credit volunteer opportunities may also be available.

You have the unique opportunity to experience Ghanaian culture and society through a service learning course and work in a variety of settings, which includes opportunities like teaching/tutoring at an elementary school, working at a local orphanage, assisting with advocacy and awareness programs at the West African Aids Foundation, training and fundraising opportunities at a community development NGO, working at the Accra Zoo or West African Primate Conservation Action, assisting at a local dance or theater company and others based on request. Some organizations may charge a one-time fee for the service learning or volunteering placement. You will learn more about the available opportunities during your on-site orientation and your placement will be confirmed at that time based on your interests and organizations' needs.

Cultural Enrichment Workshops

Enhance your studies through non-credit workshops designed to provide opportunities for deeper engagement with unique aspects of Ghanaian life and culture.

  • Ghanaian Traditional Arts & Cuisine Workshop (non-credit opportunity) This workshop has an additional fee.

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I:

Dr. Jean L. Henry | University of Arkansas

Course offered:

Dr. Henry is a passionate advocate of the personal and professional growth potential of study abroad. The passion has guided her to serving as USAC Visiting Professor in seven different programs. Dr. Henry is an extraordinary educator, having received outstanding faculty awards for excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship. She strives to live her life as a positive example of life-long learning to her students.

Session II:

Dr. Horacio Ferriz | California State University, Stanislaus

Course offered:

Dr. Ferriz, from California State University, Stanislaus, is a professional geologist with experience in the application of environmental science to the management of water, mineral, and energy resources. Dr. Ferriz holds Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Earth Science from Stanford University, and has traveled extensively through Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

Course Descriptions

African Literature

Summer Session II (English; 400-level; 3 credits)

This is an overview course on African literature (African classical literary traditions and modern African literature), with texts written in English or good translations into English of works by writers who are descendants of peoples indigenous to the African continent. The course will give students the opportunity to study selected works of African literature, and to analyze and interpret them in their historical, socio-cultural and political contexts.

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African Music and Dance

Summer Session I (Dance, Music; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Dance, Music; 100-level; 1 credit)

This course is to introduce level 100 students to Traditional Dances from Upper East Region, Eastern Region, Volta Region, Ashanti Region and Greater Accra Region in Ghana. The course would give students the opportunity to understand the role of dance in the Ghanaian Society since the dance is part and parcel of our life cycle. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between dance and music, while increasing strength, flexibility, and developing rhythmic sensitivity. Students would learn the cultural and historical context of the various dances taught. By the end of the eight weeks, the student should be able to dance at least three Traditional dances to the drum language.

Dance was, and continues to be, a very important aspect of who we are as Africans. It encompasses all four areas, which make up our living beings. Dance is spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical and dances should be appreciated and accepted as they are presented. Dance in the context of African Tradition is very patent to the life of Africans. To the African, Life with its rhythms and cycle is Dance. We dance to celebrate life, to show appreciation for all the gifts bestowed upon us by the Creator God, in our lives today, and all the generations past since the beginning of time. The dances reflected our daily lives but were represented as bigger, greater and more wonderful.

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Contemporary Issues in Africa - Developing Countries

Summer Session I (Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course takes a critical view of the disappointing social, economic and political situations, especially in relation to peace, security and development that persist in developing countries. Our basic premise is that most of Africa and the rest of the developing world share certain predicaments that have persisted and appear to defy any simple explanation and solution. Among which the serious challenges are extreme poverty, political instability and national and human insecurity.

Today, nations the world over have realized the need for bridging the yawning gap between rich and poor nations. They have recognized that problems of the poor nations have significant effects on developments in rich nations as well. However, tracking and identifying the root causes of the precarious situations in these countries has often proven a daunting task. Several theoretical assumptions have always been postulated as explanatory factors for the crises of development in the developing world, some liberal, others, radical.

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Contemporary Issues in Africa - Sustainable Economic Development

Summer Session II (Economics, Environmental Science, Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Development and Management of Water Resources

Summer Session II (Environmental Science; 300-level; 3 credits)

Addresses the growing challenges related to water supply, sustainable solutions to these challenges, strategies for development of water resources, watershed management, and drought management.

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Service Learning

Summer Session I (Service Learning, Social Work, Sociology; 400-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Service Learning, Social Work, Sociology; 400-level; 1 credit)

Service learning combines community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility. Service learning programs involve students in activities that address community-identified needs, while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community.

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Social Service Delivery Systems in Ghana

Summer Session I (Social Work, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course provides a critical review of formal and informal social service delivery systems in Ghana. Students will develop an understanding of major economic, cultural, and social welfare issues impacting individuals and families in Ghana such as poverty, aging, child abuse, street children, and teen pregnancy. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the prevention, intervention and treatment models utilized by Ghanaian social service workers and service planners. They will observe and participate in a service learning project with local community-based agencies and engage with governmental and/or Non Government Organizations’ service providers to deepen their understanding of social service systems. There will be an additional charge of $75 to cover transportation costs.

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The African Storyteller

Summer Session I (English; 300-level; 3 credits)

An introductory course on traditional story-telling in Africa. The story-tellers do not merely narrate stories; there is performance. The course will examine the art of the African storyteller including image, narrative, rhythm and symbolism. African storytelling from oral to written form will also be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to study the performance and aesthetics of African oral narratives, and interpret them within their socio-cultural relevance. This course includes a $50 surcharge for field trips.

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Twi - African Language I

Summer Session I (Twi; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Twi; 100-level; 1 credit)

This is a language course designed to provide basic communicative competence in oral and written Twi for beginners. It will focus on the structure of the language as well as the culture of the people. The areas covered include:

• oral

• orthography

• written exercises

• translation (from English to Twi and from Twi to English)

• conversation and narration (dialogues, greetings, description of day – to – day activities, bargaining, giving directions)

• Grammar (parts of speech, nouns, e.g., verbs pronouns, particles, determiners; tense, aspect, negation, and questions; and ix ) and the culture.

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Twi - African Language II

Summer Session II (Twi; 100-level; 1 credit)

The course will seek to introduce the students to the main features of Akan vowels – classification, description, distribution, vowel sequence, vowel harmony, nasalization. It will also deal with tones, their descriptions and functions – grammatical and lexical.

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Women's Health and Well-being

Summer Session I (Community Health Sciences, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will include an analysis of health issues which concern women throughout life. The physiological, psychological, and cultural impacts upon women's well-being will be discussed, including comparison of the nature and influence of these factors in the US and the host country of Ghana. We will also consider economic, social, political, and human rights factors, globally, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles. Content and activities will focus on growth and development throughout the life cycle and increasing competency for healthy adaptation to biological, cultural, and social stressors.

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