Interdisciplinary Study Away in Ghana
This program will not take place in 2020.
For more information about 2021, please contact the program director.
Ghana is a developing country, working to improve self-sufficiency in food, improve health and education, carry out urban redevelopment and historic preservation, stabilize their currency, and reform the legal code. This program will introduce you to how they are doing these things, and provide an opportunity for you to learn through hands-on involvement. Ghana is well-known for its traditional production of kente and other fabrics.
This interdisciplinary program places students at the intersection of Ghana’s social service infrastructure and fashion industry, within the context of Ghana’s history, culture, and contemporary society. We partner with social workers, nonprofits, community leaders, fashion entrepreneurs, creatives, and university faculty to facilitate a unique learning experience for students in social work, nonprofit, fashion, textiles and merchandising, and other disciplines. For example, City of Refuge Ministries (CORM) in the Greater Accra Region empowers single mothers of children at risk for child slavery through psychosocial support and vocational training to enter the fashion industry. During our visit at CORM, social work students may receive lectures from the social work staff about the psychosocial support provided to the children; meanwhile, the fashion students may observe the fashion entrepreneurs provide skills training to the single mothers.
SOWK 5909/7909 – Cross-Cultural Awareness in Ghana
This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the historical, cultural, and contemporary society in Ghana. It is designed as an integrative learning experience that incorporates assigned readings, field experiences, cultural activities, and service learning opportunity to engage all of their senses to enhance students’ cross-cultural awareness.
SOWK 5778/7778 – Children and Family Service Systems in Ghana
This course provides a critical overview of children and family social service practices in Ghana. Students will develop an understanding of major social welfare and health issues impacting children and families and learn intervention strategies employed in by Ghanaian social workers, community organizers, educators, and service planners. They will observe and/or participate in a service learning project with a local community-based agency and/or engage with governmental and non-governmental agencies to develop a deeper understanding of the social service network, cross-cultural services, and policy practice.
City of Accra Tour
Kwame Nkruma Memorial
W.E.B. DuBois Center
City of Refuge
Cedi Bead Workshop and Market
Torgorme Village – traditional West African Village
City of Kumasi Tour
Manhiya Palace Museum
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) (lecture series)
Kumasi Children’s Home
Bonwire – Kente-Weaving Center
Kumasi Cultural Art Center
Ancestral River Park
Cape Coast Region/City of Elmina
Cape Coast & Emina Slave Castles
Kakum National Park
Univ. of Cape Coast (Lecture Series)
Lifeline Program/Street Girls Project
Ginatu Fashion Fittings
Ethical Apparel Africa factory visit
University of Ghana lecture
Closing Cultural Celebration!
The application deadline for Spring 2020 is October 1, 2019. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Begin your application HERE.
A $500 deposit is due at the time of application. Total costs varies depending on factors like program duration and number of students participating. The cost of the 2018 program (excluding things like visas, personal expenses, and airfare) was $4,270.00.
Tiffany Washington, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Ghana Program Coordinator
School of Social Work
Tel: (706) 542-5471
Clair McClure, Ph.D.
Lecturer of Fashion Merchandising
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Tel: (706) 542-8447