Our travel to Elmina and Cape Coast will allow us to explore one incarnation of urban life in Ghana. Our experience in Accra will show us another. Mid-way through the course, we will also visit Kumasi. Kumasi is the capital of the Ashanti Region, and Ghana's second-largest city. It is also the capital of the Asante Kingdom. The Asante Kingdom controls the majority of the country's gold mines, making Kumasi a major industrial center. The Asante have also long-controlled trade of slaves, cash crops like cocoa and palm oil, and many other products throughout the region, connecting interior markets with coastal ports and other urban centers.
Throughout our month in Ghana, students will have a number of opportunities to travel around the country. These trips will give us an opportunity to view different kinds of cities or urban communities in southern Ghana. It will also give us the opportunity to explore some major historical, cultural, and educational sites.
The trip was amazing, and it would behoove any and all that are interested to not pass this opportunity up. The trip inspired me in ways that words can't explain. I wish you luck and hope you learn and have as much fun as I did.
Taking my course with Dr. Hart and traveling to Ghana gave me the opportunity to experience a culture vastly different from my own as well as look into what it really takes to conduct fieldwork. My experience allowed me to fine-tune and focus my personal interests into a research project that I was passionate about.
If you're not a student at Wayne State, there are still a few ways for you to enroll in the course.
During the month we spend in Ghana, we will be based at Ashesi University, a private, not-for-profit university located just outside of Accra. The University of Ghana might be the country's most recognizable institution of higher education, but Ashesi is not far behind thanks to the fantastic work of its faculty and staff and its innovative approach to transformative education.
Throughout the course, we'll read about the history of Accra alongside the histories of other major cities throughout the continent. We'll also explore the city first-hand through class trips and student research. But here's a few facts and resources that you can read to learn more about this fascinating and dynamic city.
Ghana is located on the West African coast. The country is largely English-speaking, is politically stable, has an extensive tourist infrastructure, and is known for its prominent role in the slave trade and in the development of 20th century Pan-Africanist communities. As such, it attracts a large number of study abroad students, tourists, and volunteers every year, and it is arguably one of the most recognizable countries in Africa among American citizens. Here's a little more about Ghana's history and culture that you might (not) know.