All kinds of images of Africa are bound everywhere; on the web, in books, on TV, traveler’s tales and other media. This course offers you an encounter with the real Africa. Using Ghana as a case study, it takes you on a tour of historical and cultural sites of interest in Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast and Elmina. The rest of the course takes place at Akoefe near Ho municipality, where we get the chance to study a specific rural community up close.
Postcolonialism, provides the theoretical perspective from which we will approach our study of aspects of contemporary African experience. Whether you are in this class to satisfy your curiosity about Africa, or as a heroic adventure into the unknown, or as a serious attempt to explore the so called non-Western world or merely to satisfy a general education requirement, expect nothing short of a life-changing experience.
Highlights of the course will include the following:
1. lectures, visits, participant observations, interviews
2. the village experience
3. small group projects focusing on areas of interest to participants (e.g. family, education, health care, sports, business, etc.)
4. international service learning projects (e.g. helping elementary school kids with basic computers, working with a local church choir or a youth group) Estimated Course Fee: $3,800
David Dzaka teaches world literature and persuasive writing at Messiah College. Born and raised in Ghana, he has led 4 successful trips to his home country since 2004. His passions include intercultural matters, social justice issues, African affairs, and globalization.