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Study Abroad: Accra, Ghana

Fall 2019: Introduction to Africana Studies (AFCS 1000/POLT 1000)

Program Description 
Based in the capital city, Accra, the seat of government and 4 million people,we will visit cultural centers, heritage sites, markets, malls, and beachfront attractions, enjoying the remarkable history, rich culture, and social activism of
Ghana. Students will experience first had the social, political, and economic linkages and connections of black life in Africa and in the African Diaspora. In addition, the program will emphasize the significance of cultural creativity of African
peoples as a foundation of black life. Satisfying the Roots of Culture and Intercultural competence GCP requirements, students will interact with bothurban life in the Greater Accra area as well as traditional life in areas such as the Eastern Region and the Ashanti Region and experience firsthand the origins and development of black and pan-African identities.

Program Highlights

  • Explore the vibrant sites and sounds of Accra, while connecting its social, economic, and political history with your own history, experience first-hand the hopes and aspirations of life in a 21st century African state.
  • Learn about the interconnectedness of Slavery in North America, Europe, and Africa by visiting the Elmina and Cape Coast Slave Castles.
  • Experience traditional life in small towns and rural villages to learn about the enduring power of ethnic allegiances and traditional practices.

Dates
Course dates: 8/26/2019–12/20/2019
Travel dates: 10/18/2019-10/26/2019

Academics
AFCS 1000/POLT 1000: Introduction to Africana Studies - 3 credits 
Faculty Leader: Emmanuel Balogun
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the field of Africana studies. Its main focus will center on the substantive content of the field, a critical study of Africa and peoples of African origin in Africa and abroad. This focus will include examining the major theoretical, methodological, and epistemological questions defining the continued evolution of Africana studies. Both classic and modern studies and texts in the field of Africana studies will be covered in order to give students a grounding in the intellectual history of the field.
During the semester, students will examine the historical and contemporary positioning of black people and will discuss how domination, race, gender, and class shape Black life in Africa and the diaspora, particularly the United States. Students will consider systems of oppression, as well as historic and contemporary resistance to oppression.

This course fulfills a requirement for the African Studies minor and the International Studies major and minor. 3 credit hours. [GCP: ROC/INTC]

Program Flyer
AFCS 1000/POLT 1000: Introduction to Africana Studies

Itinerary
Introduction to Africana Studies (AFCS 1000/POLT 1000)

Articles about Ghana
Behind Ghana's "Year of Return": https://www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/april-2015/african-americans-resettle-africa
400 years since the Middle Passages: https://www.ebony.com/life/travel/ebony-travels-to-ghana-to-mark-400-years-since-the-middle-passage/
Hiplife in Ghana: https://www.musicinafrica.net/magazine/hiplife-ghana

Program Cost
Program Fee: $1,740
What's included in the program fee: 8 nights of double room accommodations, some meals (4 dinners and 1 lunch), airport pick-up/drop-off, all on-ground transportation for organized activities, all entry/activity fees for course organized activities including site visits and guest lecturers, overnight trip to Cape Coast, overnight trip to Kumasi, on-site orientation.
What's not included in the program fee: Study Abroad fee, $100 application deposit, airfare, some meals, personal expenses, visa fees, immunizations.
Study Abroad Fee: $175 (covers international insurance, ISIC card, travel item)
Tuition: Full-time undergraduate students: included in the 2019-2020 fall tuition flat fee
Part-time undergraduate students: pay 2019-2020 per credit hour undergraduate rate.

Scholarships
Students may be eligible for Webster study abroad scholarships. Awards that Fall Break students can apply for include: Vision Fund Introduction to Africana Studies Diversity Scholarship. The Next Century Leaders Endowed Scholarships, The Marilynne Bradley Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Study, and the Dr. Roy Tamashiro Endowed Travel Scholarship.

The Vision Fund-Introduction to Africana Studies Diversity Scholarship is available exclusively for this program and is designed to cover students roundtrip airfare from St. Louis to Accra, student visa fees, and the following vaccinations and medicines: Yellow Fever (required), Hepatitis A, Malaria, and Typhoid. The estimated value is $2,000.

For more information on these awards, please visit the Study Abroad Scholarship page.

Fall Break Scholarship Deadline- April 15th, 2019

Application Process
Application Deadline:  April 15th, 2019

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the $100 study abroad deposit*, write a brief statement of purpose, and submit a passport sized photo.

*The $100 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met:
1) Student attends the program 
2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys
3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges.

Information Session-Fall Break to Accra, Ghana Program
Introduction to Africana Studies (AFCS 1000), Fall Break 2019
Date: Thursday, April 4th
Time: 4pm
Location: Sverdrup 112

 

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