ANT 232 – Contemporary Ghanaian Society and Culture This interdisciplinary survey course introduces students to the major economic, socio-political and cultural factors that have shaped Ghana’s development in the 20th century. Students earn one Davidson credit for this course, which fulfills distribution requirements as well major requirements for Anthropology and Africana Studies.
ANT 233 – Performing Arts in West Africa This is an experiential learning course in traditional Ghanaian music and dance. Students learn singing, dancing, and drumming at the Ashanti Region Cultural Centre with a master drummer and several Ghanaian instructors. Learning Ghanaian songs in the Ashanti/Twi language, and practicing and performing drumming and dancing in its sociocultural context is an invaluable, authentic, and transformative experience that complements the seminar on Ghanaian society and culture. Students earn one Davidson credit for this course, which fulfills distribution requirements as well major requirements for Anthropology and Africana Studies.
Room and Board
Students will reside in double rooms at apartments in a residential neighborhood of Kumasi. Dinner is provided as part of the program fee.
Students will be involved in individual research or service-learning internships during their seven-week stay. Students will be involved in service/research projects that pair their personal interest with one of six areas of opportunity in Kumasi. These include education, public health and reproductive health programming, medical lab research, shadowing at various wards of a teaching hospital, art apprenticeships or rural farming.
During one week in June, the group will visit several cultural, historical, and conservation centers in various regions including the Volta, Eastern Region, Accra and Central. Site visits include the dungeons of the Atlantic Slave Trade, rainforests, nature preserves, a beach resort, the burial site of WEB DuBois, kente and bead making communities, and the national museum.
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In addition, the accommodations in Kumasi are less than 30 minutes from a regional airport and a major bus terminal that accesses numerous points of interest throughout the country and West Africa.