Learning Activities

  1. A 5 page paper researching the history of ancient Ghana up to its independence in 1957.
    The paper should include reference to Ghana's:
    • Culture
    • Rulers
    • Government
    • indigenous and converted religions
    • British colonialism
    • progression from an ancient kingdom to a republic.
  2. A 5 page paper researching the history of modern Ghana from 1957 to today.
    Have fun with this project by including research about Ghana's people:
    • Occupations
    • Colleges and universities
    • Country's political issues, currency, economic imports and exports
    • Food (Traditional Market Site) and staples in their diet.
  3. A daily written or typed journal expressing the student’s personal growth from this experience and will entail entries of at least a page or two. Your journal will demonstrate how you observe your surroundings in Ghana and reflections of the and
    Journal observation, reflections and experiences will include:
    • Your own daily observations
    • Interactions you have with Ghana citizens
    • Artifacts, photographs, recipes, postcards, newspapers, to enrich your journal
    • The service learning experience Any experience of culture shock
  4. Book Report on the Text provided and Group presentation upon return from the Study Abroad..

Books used to prepare students for Ghana Experience

Things Fall Apart is a 1958 English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. It is a staple book in schools throughout Africa and widely read and studied in English-speaking countries around the world. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, and one of the first African novels written in English to receive global critical acclaim. The title of the novel comes from William Butler Yeats's poem "The Second Coming".[1] In 2009, Newsweek ranked Things Fall Apart #14 on its list of Top 100 Books: The Meta-List.

The novel concerns the life of Okonkwo, a leader and local wrestling champion in Umofia—a fictional group of nine villages in Nigeria, inhabited by the Igbo ethnic group. It also focuses on his three wives, his children (mainly his oldest son Nwoye and his favorite daughter Ezinma), and the influences of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on his traditional Igbo (archaically "Ibo") community during an unspecified time period in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.

The World and Africa by W.E. B. Dubois. Dubois' work is a seminal accomplishment. This is a wonderful survey of the important, nay, vital role that Africa and African people have played in world history. Dubois gives the reader an intricate and thoroughgoing glimpse at how Africa and all of her resources - mineral, human, land - have shaped the destiny and laid the foundation for the modern world. A must read for the novice or specialist in African history and geopolitics. Further, the author shows how European economies have been bolstered at the expense of African people. In one chapter, "The Rape of Africa," the reader is given a chance to see how the colonial powers partitioned the continent to satisfy their own hegemonic and dastardly needs. This is an important work that should, no doubt, be a cornerstone of any Black Studies, Political Science, or World History class.