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Program Description

Students on this program examine the role of colonialism, cultural history and social policy in influencing the prevailing societal issues in Ghana.  Students explore various agency programs, non-governmental organizations and indigenous projects that are actively responding to Ghana’s major social service needs. The course focuses on community and social development across areas such as poverty, child welfare, women and family services, health and disability services, housing and migration concerns, employment and technology development, environmental protection in rural and urban communities.

The program involves both experiential and classroom learning with a significant international academic service learning component. Students develop and implement small-scale volunteer projects as a major course assignment.  The course content intertwines with community service to ensure that student learning is enhanced, small-scale community needs are met, and students are able to critically reflect upon their community service experience.  Students live in Accra but take part in educational excursions to the Cape Coast slave fortresses and rural villages in the country’s Ashanti region.

Courses

  • SW 360K / SW 395K / AFR 374C / ANT 324L / WGS 340 | Community & Social Development
  • UGS 119 | Maymester Seminar: Ghana. Course taken during the spring semester before the start of the program.

Faculty Director

Dorie Gilbert

dorie gilbert

Dr. Dorie Gilbert is a professor of Social Work and African and African Diaspora Studies and faculty fellow in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.  Dr. Gilbert is the Director of the Institute for Community Development, an organization that joins interdisciplinary scholars, students and community members to implement projects abroad and locally using the service learning academic model.

Since 2009, Gilbert has led this Maymester abroad course. In 2012, the course was recognized for its innovative approach to international service learning and earned the Tower Award for Outstanding Service.

Program and Application Details

For full program details and information on how to apply, go to the Program Page.

Questions? Email: Arelis Palacios

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