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Accra Courses – 2021 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

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.

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Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Community Health Sciences 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Service Learning Social Work Sociology 400-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Social Work Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    English 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Twi World Languages and Literatures 100-level 1 credit Taught in Twi
    Summer Session II
    Twi World Languages and Literatures 100-level 1 credit Taught in Twi

    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.

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    English 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course focuses on African literature, namely African classical literary traditions, and modern African literature. These texts are written in English by descendants of indigenous African writers. Students will have the opportunity to study selected works of African literature in its historical, socio-cultural, and political contexts.

    Prerequisites:

  • Summer Session II
    Social Work 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

    Students will be expected to apply their professional knowledge in social work to global practice. The course will cover topics including, global social problems, human rights issues, globalization, social work, and social development strategies. Students will critically examine the factors that influence government social development policies/strategies related to poverty and inequality.

  • Summer Session II
    Political Science Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will explore social, cultural, political, and economic issues in Ghana. Students will analyze how historical circumstances influenced the development of the Ghanaian political system, economy, and culture. Students will also evaluate the role Ghana currently plays in the international community and how Ghana’s national and international policymaking impacts economic and social prosperity. The schedule includes lectures, discussions, and guest speakers from the Ghanaian business and political community.

    Prerequisites: one semester of college-level political science

  • Summer Session I
    Twi World Languages and Literatures 100-level 1 credit Taught in Twi
    Summer Session II
    Twi World Languages and Literatures 100-level 1 credit Taught in Twi

    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.

  • Summer Session II
    Twi World Languages and Literatures 100-level 1 credit Taught in Twi

    This class builds upon basic knowledge and communication skills in the Akan language, the pattern of the pronunciation of Akan words, how to produce and recognize tonal contrasts, forming and using different kinds of complex sentences, complex tense/aspect/mood combinations. Students will learn more about the social contexts of greetings, how to talk about time and ask questions about family, food, games, and travel. Lessons include the exploration of cultural nuances and ways to behave appropriately in various social situations.

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.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Suspended

Spring: Open

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Minimum 2.5 GPA and sophomore standing or higher

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

Summer:

US credit

Semester:

USAC Courses:
US Credit

Host Univ. Courses: Overseas Credit

Program Capacity

40 students

Instruction

English

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