[Blackstudies-l] Study Abroad in Ghana -- with BIOL, GEOG, or SOCL

Jennifer Rogalsky rogalsky at geneseo.edu
Wed Oct 3 20:28:10 EDT 2018

*Study Abroad in Ghana (West Africa) - Summer 2019 - with GEOGRAPHY,

*INFO SESSION**Thurs Oct 4, 3pm in Bailey 101*

All three courses (see descriptions below) will run at the same time &
travel together around Ghana.

The applications are open on the Study Abroad website. We accept students
on a rolling basis, so start your application now:



rogalsky at geneseo.edu)

>From the skyscrapers and slums of the capital, Accra, to the mud-hut
villages of the northern savanna, students in GEOG 388: Urban Lives &
Livelihoods in Ghana will experience the diverse territories and
populations of this West African country. Ghana is undergoing rapid
population growth and urbanization, especially in the south. The growing
middle & upper classes contrast starkly with the proliferation of slums and
squatter settlements in and around cities. We will study both social
(gender, economic, quality of life, etc.) and environmental (flooding,
pollution, etc.) consequences of this rapid urbanization. To understand
urban lives and livelihoods (and peoples’ motivation for rural to urban
migration), we must also understand rural areas, which often lack health
care, sanitation, quality schooling, and employment opportunities. This
course will introduce students to opportunities, challenges, and ethical
issues surrounding development and urban and rural living.

Travel to most of Ghana’s varied regions will include urban, rural and
peri-urban destinations. Course-related excursions are the focus of class
discussion, and often the “classroom” is a restaurant or our bus. The
approach will be largely experiential and applied learning, with varied
site visits, and service learning. Sites will include markets, ports,
businesses, neighborhoods, service (water/sewer/sanitation) providers,
microfinance programs, schools, community development projects, and more –
to learn about challenging problems and innovative solutions. We will also
take excursions to national parks, for a tropical forest canopy walk, and
an elephant safari. Cultural and historic sites are also featured in this
course, and you will learn to drum and dance, study the local language, and
enjoy a few days at a beach resort.

*SOCL 378: GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT IN GHANA* (Prof. Jo Kirk: kirk at geneseo.edu)

This program will expose students to opportunities, challenges, and ethical
issues surrounding development in this lower middle-income country. The
approach will be largely experiential and applied learning, and site visits
will include schools, hospitals, businesses, farms, markets, national
parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and community development projects. As an
upper-level social sciences class, this course will explore mechanisms of
global development as they apply to Ghana, at the national and local
levels. Through primary and secondary research, students will consider the
causes and impacts of economic and social change on the individuals and
communities they meet. The class will also push students to ask hard
questions about historical and current change in the world, region, and

Ghana is endowed with a wealth of natural resources, and has had one of the
fastest-growing economies in the world. However, once Ghana achieved
middle-income status, the country became ineligible for some types of
development support and is currently struggling to maintain middle-income
status. Africa is undergoing rapid urbanization, and the majority of time
will be spent in and around Accra and Kumasi, the two largest cities.
Students will also visit several biogeographic regions in Ghana, including
coastal plain, tropical rainforest, and savanna. Highlights include visits
to UNESCO World Heritage sites related to the transatlantic slave trade on
the south coast, and safaris at Mole Park in the north of the country.

*BIOL 344: BIOLOGY & GLOBAL HEALTH* (Dr. Susan Bandoni Muench:
bandoni at geneseo.edu)

The health of human populations reflects the ecological and geographic
environment. This program will introduce significant biological issues
important in global health through planned cultural and ecological
excursions in a lower middle-income country. Site visits will include
hospitals and clinics, research laboratories, national parks and wildlife
sanctuaries, and community development projects. A week-long field research
project is embedded in the course. This course is ideally suited for
students interested in careers in medicine, allied health fields, public
health or environmental science.

Africa is undergoing rapid urbanization, and approximately half of time
will be spent in and around Accra and Kumasi, the two largest cities.
Students will also visit northern Ghana, including the city of Tamale and
Mole National Park where we will go on multiple safaris to see wildlife. We
also Cape Coast to see tropical rainforest, and to visit to one or more of
the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Cape Coast related to the transatlantic
slave trade.
Jennifer Rogalsky, PhD
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Department of Geography
Urban Studies Coordinator
SUNY Geneseo
Bailey Hall 227
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
Phone: 585 245 6197
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