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Ghana

 

Program Overview

About Ghana

About Accra

Courses

Program Director

Field Trips

Accommodations

Cost

Calendar

General Summer Program Information

Eligibility and Application Procedures

Application Deadline

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The program is intended to investigate aspects of the historical, literary and artistic bases of West African civilization. It offers a special opportunity for all students interested in classical and contemporary African history, politics, literature, music, dance and theater to learn about these subjects through academic study and personal cultural experiences. The program is based at the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra.

The courses are taught by Dr. Niambi M. Carter, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Iyelli Ichile, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Study of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, and coordinated by local faculty at the University of Ghana. Courses are supplemented by lectures given by faculty members from the University of Ghana in Legon, one of the most reputable higher education institutions in the region.

 

ABOUT GHANA

The Republic of Ghana, roughly equivalent to Oregon in size, lies almost in the center of the countries bordering the Gulf of Guinea. To the east lies Togo, beyond which are Benin and Nigeria. On the west is Cote d’Ivoire, and to the north, Burkina Faso. Ghana’s coastline on the south stretches for a distance of about 560 kilometers. Mountains are few, but there are several hills that rise to a maximum of 900 meters. These include the Akwapim-Togo ranges that extend from Pokoasi, a few kilometers north of Accra. Formerly a British colony, Ghana attained independence on March 6, 1957 and became a republic within the British Commonwealth on July 1, 1960. Although English is the official and commercial language, several African languages and dialects are spoken in Ghana, including Twi, Fanti, Ga, Ewe, Dagbani, Hausa, Gonja and Nzima.

Since the attainment of its independence, when the Gold Coast became Ghana, efforts have always been made to preserve the country’s rich cultural history and traditional institutions, which can be traced to the ancient Ghana Empire. For this reason, the institutions of chieftaincy and the ceremonies attached to it are kept very much alive. Various ethnic groups hold traditional festivals periodically that include drumming, singing and dancing. Traditional crafts include kente and adinkra, wood carving, brass and bronze carving, and pottery. In addition to a rich oral literary tradition which features tales, legends, proverbs and songs, Ghana has a corps of talented novelists, poets and dramatists such as Kofi Awoonor (formerly Ghana’s Ambassador to the United Nations), Ayi Kwei Armah, Attuwei Okai, Kofi Aniyidoho, Ama Ata Aidoo, Efua Sutherland and Mohamed Ben Abdallah, who have made significant contributions to world literature.

 

ABOUT ACCRA

Accra is Ghana’s capital and largest city. Originally a small fishing village, Accra became the capital of the Gold Coast in 1877. Probably because of its 300-year contact with the European world, the city was the first to develop foreign business offices, hospitals and schools. Luxury items arrived at Accra’s docksides before being transported on to other colonial towns. Modern Accra, with a population of about one million, is the key city for all of the nation’s governmental and business activities. Major roads, airlines, railways, buses and ocean liners serve the capital, connecting it to most other large cities in Ghana, such as Cape Coast, Takoradi, Kumasi, Keta, Wenchi and Tamale. Merging with several other coastal towns, Accra has developed into the Accra-Tema metropolis, forming the country’s chief commercial, industrial and transportation center. The indigenes of this area and their language are called Ga.

 

COURSES

Undergraduates enroll in two courses, African American Studies 4115: African Aesthetics (3 credits) and African American Studies 2201: African Civilizations (3 credits), for a total of six credits.

Graduate students enroll in two courses, African American Studies 8007: African Aesthetics (3 credits) and African American Studies 8002: African Civilizations (3 credits), for a total of six credits.

Students who have already taken these courses or have special needs due to their major/disciplinary requirements may discuss the possibility of an independent study with the program director prior to applying to the program.

The first course, African Aesthetics, seeks to explore the philosophical, cultural and aesthetic expressions of African peoples on the continent, and their impact on the communities and artistic expressions of Africans in the United States and the Caribbean. Readings from textbooks are augmented with lectures, observation and participation in traditional and contemporary theater and other artistic performances such as oratory, singing, music and dance, as well as the arts and crafts of kente cloth weaving, carving and batik.

The second course, African Civilizations, provides an intensive investigation of the origins of several major African civilizations in West Africa from ancient to contemporary times. Emphasis is placed on the medieval empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhai. Because of the program location in Ghana, topics to be addressed include the transatlantic slave trade, the impact of colonialism, independence and contemporary issues in Ghana.

Weekly field visits to important historical monuments, cultural sites and commercial enterprises in Ghana enrich the academic program.

Students have access to the University of Ghana’s Balme Library, the special library of the Institute of African Studies, the DuBois Center and the Padmore Research Library, as well as the United States Information Services and the British Council Libraries.

Temple undergraduate students who successfully complete this program automatically satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement of GenEd.

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Dr. Niambi M. Carter is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies. She received her BA in African American Studies from Temple University and her MA and PhD degrees from Duke University where she focused on African American politics and political thought of the African diaspora. She is also an alumnus of the Temple University Ghana summer abroad program.

Dr. Iyelli Ichile earned her doctorate degree in History from Howard University, with a concentration on the African Diaspora. Her research interests include: spiritual traditions of Africa and the African Diaspora; black musical traditions; black folk cultures; African and African Diaspora history; and gender and womanhood in the African Diaspora.

 


FIELD TRIPS

Students have the opportunity to visit such historic and cultural sites as the ancient slave castles at Cape Coast and Elmina; Kakum National Park, a wildlife and fauna preserve; various sites around Accra, such as the W.E.B. DuBois and Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleums; The National Theater, which is home to three companies; local beaches; Aburi Botanical Gardens; and traditional markets.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS AND STUDENT LIFE

Housing and meals are arranged in comfortable university facilities at Legon and in
comparable places for trips outside of Accra. Students share double rooms; bathroom and shower facilities are shared by other students on the same floor.

Although the University of Ghana is not normally in session during the summer, the university often hosts a number of special summer programs for both local and international participants, and many campus recreational facilities are available to summer program students.

 

ESTIMATED 2014 PROGRAM COSTS

 

 
Undergraduate (6 credits)
Graduate (6 credits)
Budget Item

Pennsylvania

Resident

Non-
Resident

Pennsylvania

Resident

Non-

Resident

Billable Item
 
 
 
 
Tuition
$3,102*
$5,004*
$4,470
$6,258
Ghana Fee**
$1,400
$1,400
$1,400
$1,400
University Services Fee
$132
$132
$132
$132
Required Health Insurance
$51
$51
$51
$51
Non-Billable Item
  
  
 
  
Personal Expenses
$900
$900
$900
$900
Meals
$1,000
$1,000
$1,000
$1,000
Books
$100
$100
$100
$100
Round-Trip Airfare
$2,200
$2,200
$2,200
$2,200
Required and Recommended Immunizations
$500
$500
$500
$500
Visa-related Expenses
$140
$140
$140
$140

 

Notes:


All estimated costs are subject to change. They should be used as a guideline only. Accepted students will receive updated, detailed cost information as soon as it is available after the application deadline.


*Per university policy, Temple students who are considered “upper division” are charged additional tuition ($21 per credit) in the summer. “Upper division” is defined as an undergraduate student with a minimum of 60 earned credits, regardless of how obtained. This policy does not affect non-Temple students.

**The Ghana Fee includes housing, program excursions, and a few group meals. Please note that this fee is an estimate and will be updated.


In addition to the items above, students should budget money for personal travel and any other personal expenses.


 

2014 CALENDAR (Summer II)

Dates are tentative and subject to change

 

Departure July 6
Arrival in Ghana July 7
Program Ends August 13

 

 

GENERAL SUMMER PROGRAM INFORMATION

Please see General Summer Information to read about pre-departure information and orientation; passports and visas; scholarships; costs and payment policies; accreditation; and transfer of credits.


PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Please see Eligibility and Application Procedures for program eligibility, application requirements, and application procedures that apply to all summer programs. In addition, for the Ghana program, the following is required:


  • A typed statement (recommended length of 750 words) describing your expectations and interests regarding the Ghana program and specifying what you ultimately hope to gain from the study abroad experience. Applicants are asked to complete this statement within the online application system.
  • Some experience or working knowledge of West-African-related subject matter is desirable.
  • All candidates are interviewed either personally, by telephone or virtually (such as by Skype).


Application Deadline: MARCH 1

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For additional information, please contact Dr. Niambi M. Carter (niambi.carter@temple.edu) or Dr. Iyelli Ichile (iyelli.ichile@temple.edu), Department of African American Studies, Temple University, 215-204-8491.

or

Education Abroad; 215-204-0720; study.abroad@temple.edu