IDS 398 Selected Topics: Contemporary Issues and Service Learning in Ghana ( April 29-Aug 2, 2019 tentative)

StFX students in TAMALE

Applications for the 2018-19 program will open in September

Northern Ghana


IDS Selected Topics is a 6-credit course offered through Immersion Service Learning during Spring session (May-July)  in Ghana.

This course brings together experiential learning in community-based contexts in Ghana with academic course work to deepen students' understanding of the dynamics of local change in contemporary Ghana as it relates to issues of global inequality and social justice. Through service learning experiences in community-based partner organizations and on-going critical reflection, students will blend theory with practice for a complex understanding of community development in rural Ghana today.

This course is designed to complement learning in a wide variety of academic areas. Through community placements, students can focus on elements of the course that connect with their particular disciplinary interests.

Participants begin with a mandatory StFX campus based orientation April 30-May 4,  prior to the 3 month Ghana experience. (students are responsible for their own costs during this time) The course is comprised of an in-country orientation and 4-week intensive class & community-based learning segment in Tamale, 6-week community placement in rural northern Ghana, and 2 week course wrap-up and in-country debrief.

This course offers students the opportunity to learn about

  • The historical, political, social and economic context in Ghana
  • Local policy & practice around health, natural resource management (mining, etc.), access to education & economic development
  • Social justice, human rights & global dynamics of change
  • Sustainable development & community engagement
  • Issues of power & privilege
  • Experiential learning, service learning, critical reflection & analysis