The semester program "African Diasporas in Global Perspective" examines the global dispersions of peoples and cultures of African ancestry, including their growing impact on world economies, politics of ethnicity and belonging, aesthetic and material cultures, and ideologies. The program offers a unique opportunity to learn about numerous distinct cultures as well as an in-depth history of Ghanaian leadership roles in Africa and the world at large. Students will live in the vibrant community of Cape Coast for their semester stay.
This three-week course is your opportunity to experience firsthand the enduring and changing West African culture through intensive interdisciplinary study of Ghana’ and Benin’s customs, social institutions, and arts. This course involves extensive travel throughout West Africa, including lectures on West African religion, history, and art. You’ll go on field excursions to meet artists, see theatrical and dance performances, visit cultural museums, and take intensive classes in West African drumming, dance, and more.
"Social Transformation and Cultural Expression" examines Ghana's social, economic, and political features. Topic areas considered in southern Ghana range from education and religious traditions unique to Africa, to the impact of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, to the role of Queenmothers in Krobo. Thematic seminars in northern Ghana examine topics such as the contrast between Western and traditionally trained midwives to the role of local markets in the global economy.