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Accra Courses - 2020 Summer Session I

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.

Courses

Taught in English
You will enroll in three to six credits in Session I and three to four credits in Session II. 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

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

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 (Session I | 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. Nandi S. Crosby-Jordan | California State University, Chico

Course offered:

Dr. Nandi S. Crosby-Jordan is a seasoned and celebrated professor, known for the extensive range of courses she has taught and her dynamic presentation style. A native of Baltimore, MD, Dr. Crosby-Jordan is an advocate of social justice, namely prisoner rights, equity for women and people of color, and visibility/representation of the poor.

Session II:

Dr. Daniel Asamoah | Wright State University

Course offered:

Dr. Asamoah, Ph.D., is passionate about teaching and research in ICT, business analytics, big data, social media and healthcare. He focuses on the use of decision support systems in areas such as politics, finance, commerce, healthcare, and sports. His research has been published in multiple journals and conference proceedings, including the Decision Support Systems journal, and the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) proceedings. He has also won or been nominated for multiple awards for both teaching and research.

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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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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Global Health

Summer Session I (Community Health Sciences; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course is directed towards the student who wants to deepen his/her knowledge of global health and how preventive and promotive work can be carried on from an international perspective. This course also provides an introduction to problems involved in assessing international health needs and designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating public health programs in international settings. Topics include: issues in global health; major health problems and concerns of developing vs. developed countries; international health organizations; international health care systems and health development assistance; development of population/demographic transition; the global economy and health; access to medical care; cultural differences; emerging crises in global health.

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Information and Communication Technology for Community Development

Summer Session II (General Business, Information Systems; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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International Social Work and Development

Summer Session II (Social Work, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Service Learning

Summer Session I (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)

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 commitments to their community.

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Society, Government and Politics in Ghana and Africa

Summer Session II (Political Science, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course will analyze the social, cultural, political and economic issues in Ghana, which have originated from historical circumstances but have impacted the current status of the country and its people. We will examine how Ghana and its people were shaped by their history, as well as how their status both on the African continent and globally is affected by their culture, politics, and continued economic stability. This course will provide an opportunity to explore Ghana’s culture and prosperity through contact with members of its business and political community.

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Sociology of Gender

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

Description not available at this time.

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The African Storyteller

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

This course introduces students to traditional story-telling in Africa. The storytellers 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.

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Traditional Ghanaian Dance

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

Description not available at this time.

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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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West African Dance Repertoire

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

Description not available at this time.

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