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This course engages students in discussions and learning about cross-cultural understanding and power as these relates to current socio-economic dynamics in Ghana, with a specific focus on historical and contemporary conditions. Students in 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 areas such as poverty, child welfare, women and family services, health and disability services, housing and migration concerns, employment and technology development, and environmental protection in rural and urban communities. This program satisfies a major elective for Social Work and also meets a major requirement for African & African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology.


Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts


  • AFR 374C / S W 360K / ANT 324L / WGS 340 / AFR 387D - Community and Social Development

Academic Information

The course for the program is AFR 374C Community and Social Development - Ghana. The course is also cross-listed as SW 360K, ANT 3264L, WGS 340, and TD 357T. This course carries a Global Cultures flag.


Dr. Omi Jones is an artist/scholar and a Professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Jones's scholarship focuses on performance ethnography, theatrical jazz, Yoruba-based aesthetics, Black Feminisms, and activist theatre.

Language(s) of Instruction



Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - Yes
  • Internship - No


Students will stay in the Forest Gate Hotel, set in a beach area of Accra next to National Museum of Ghana, The National Theatre of Ghana and Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

The program fee is $7000 and includes housing costs. Students are responsible for their own airfare. There is no added tuition cost for full time undergraduate students, and this program is eligible for financial aid assistance.

Program Dates:

- Maymester
  • May 28, 2019 to June 22, 2019
  • Final Deadline: October 26, 2018

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website

Next Step

Students should apply through AADS website. If you have any questions regarding the Ghana Study Abroad program, please email Appolonia Chukwu at You may also contact the faculty member leading the program, Dr. Omi Jones, at

Program information above is subject to change