Engaging Africa: Ethnographic Study in Ghana:
Academic Features

Students will learn virtually every aspect of ethnographic research including project planning, research, writing skills, and how to conceptualize and carry out fieldwork, including conducting interviews and recording and analyzing cultural events. The course will help students develop an international perspective of the world, to analyze social issues, to develop cross-cultural competencies and awareness, and to facilitate a deeper understanding of the self and others in a transcultural world. A major aspect of the program is that students will learn directly from Ghanaian scholars, students, musicians, filmmakers, and artists. The integrated coursework and study abroad component also gives students an experiential and conceptual understanding of a West African country and culture that contrasts sharply with social practices and aspirations in the United States.

Students participating in the Ghana program are eligible to fulfill  C, G, or N General Education requirements through the program course component.

During the Winter period between semesters we will have roughly 3 study weeks in Ghana from January 2nd – 21st. The study abroad segment consists of lectures, attendance at music performances or ritual ceremonies, field trips to the slave castle-dungeons at Cape Coast and Elmina, and weekend excursions in the southern part of the Volta Region. Students will have opportunities to carry out fieldwork at schools, hospitals, religious shrines, music events, royal palaces, sacred sites, or at various business and economic environments as appropriate to one's research topic.

The program, sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, will be taught and directed by Professor Gavin Webb of the Departments of Music. For more information about the program contact him at gwebb@binghamton.edu or 607 777-2595. Assisting the program in Ghana are several resource people who not only have many years experience working with American students, but who will also be critical to developing your understanding of Ghanaian life, culture and language.

Last Updated: 8/21/14