UGA- Social Work- Interdisciplinary Study Abroad in Ghana
This dynamic and exciting program offers classroom time provided along with travel to different regions and cultures. It includes interaction with Ghanaian university students, cultural immersion and, perhaps most importantly, direct involvement. Each student will enroll in two learning-intense programs which provide course material amounting to six (6) hours of credit. One of these courses must be the Cross-Cultural Awareness in Ghana. The programs will include guest lectures and instruction in classrooms and studios with students in their on-going courses at various schools, universities and agencies.
Ghana, West Africa, is a peaceful, harmonious nation, home to the famous Ashanti, Fanti, Ga, Ewe, Dagomba, as well as other peoples. 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.
Tony B. Lowe
Director and Associate Professor
School of Social Work
College of Family of Consumer Sciences
Lamar Dodd School of Art
School of Social Work
College of Education
UGA - Social Work - Interdisciplinary Study Abroad in Ghana
May - June 2016
Regular stay: May 16 to June 5, 2016
Tony B. Lowe
, School of Social Work
Cross-Cultural Awareness in Ghana SOWK 5908/6908
This course provides a multi-disciplinary overview of cultural, social, political and economic development in Ghana, West Africa and research topics in these areas.
, School of Social Work
Children and Family Service Systems in Ghana SOWK 5777/7353
This course looks at the development of both formal and informal children and family service organizations in Ghana. Major behavioral health, child welfare, and social issues will be explored; students will be able to participate in practice based learning with service practitioners and survey cursrent social service agencies.
, Lamar Dodd School of Art
Painting in Ghana ARST 4180/7180
This studio course provides the opportunity for painting with an emphasis on individual student exploration based on their impressions of the culture of Ghana. Traditional painting and drawing will be taught in the field exploring a variety of media and working with nonrepresentational imagery as well as painting from observation.
Bettye P. Smith
, College of Education
Foundations of International Education WFED 4990/6990
This course focuses on educational models and issues in international education. Topics will include: educational policy, teaching methods, teaching practice and others in public and private settings.
Dr. Patricia Hunt-Hurst
, College of Family of Consumer Sciences
Retail Development in Ghana: An Entrepreneurial Case Study TXMI 4900/6900
This course will allow students to interact with entrepreneurs in the fashion and retail industries and learn how to market products in a less developed nation. Students will explore community trade options with Athens and research potential areas for economic development. Topics will include: Fashion & Fabric Design, Community Trade, Entrepreneurship and Retail Development.
Itinerary Highlights of Ghana
WEEK 1: May 17- May 21
WEEK 2: May 22- May 28
- The City of Accra & tour
- Makola Market (All students)
- Ginatu Fashions (Retail development)
- Global Mama Tema (Retail development)
- W.E.B. DuBois Center (All students)
- Univ. of Ghana – Lecture Series
- Cedi Bead Workshop and Market (Retail development & all)
- Cappuccino Café - Local food traditions (All)
- Educational visitation - Morning Star School
- Social service visitation - Street Girls Project
- School of Social Work at Osu (Social work)
- University of Ghana (Social work)
- University of Ghana - Lab School (Education)
- Travel to Kumasi
WEEK 3: May 29 - June 5
- The City of Kumasi
- Visit the Cultural Centers
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) (lecture series)
- KNUST Lectures in History, Social Work, & Textile Traditions (All students)
- Kejetia Market (Retail development)
- Kumasi Children's Home - (Social work)
- Kumasi Children's Home - Service Learning (All students)
- Adinkrah Village (All students)
- Bonwire - Kente-Weaving Center (Retail development)
- Education visitation - KNUST Lab School (Education)
- Kumasi Cultural Art Center (All students)
- Traditional West African Village - Togorme Community (All students)
- KNUST Art Studio
- Cape Coast Region/City of Elmina
- Cape Coast & Emina Slave Castles (All students
- Kakum National Park - Environmental (All students)
- Univ. of Cape Coast (Lecture Series)
- Lifeline Program/Street Girls Project (All students)
- Wild Life Reserve - Environmental (All students)
- City of Refuge Center (Social work & Retail development)
- Togorme Village – visitation/ceremony (All students)
- Artist Alliance Gallery & Museums (All students)
- Closing Ceremony (All students)
The 2018 Program fee includes housing in double or triple rooms, breakfast and dinner daily during the program, ground transportation for scheduled program activities, and medical insurance.
Participants carry out UGA registration for the courses and pay the program fee of $4,400 and the international airline fee estimated at $1,800. Program fees do NOT include visa fees, tuition, textbooks, lunch, and personal expenses such as laundry. HOPE funding may be used for tuition. Airfare from the international departure city, and transportation, lodging, facilities, and two meals a day in Ghana are included. Upon acceptance your deposit of $500 will be charged to your student account by the Bursar's office.
Application Deadline: The application deadline is January 8, 2016. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.