Religion, Culture and Environmental Change in Africa

On the great continent of Africa, in the peaceful and hospitable Ghanaian environment, Bucknell in Ghana provides you opportunities to:

  • Understand and experience African religions in a global era.
  • Learn about African perspectives on environmental change.
  • Earn major/minor credit in Africana Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, International Relations and Religious Studies.
  • Satisfy your CCC requirements: Environmental Connections, Global Connections, and Social Science Learning Goals.
  • Travel through Ghana on field trips tailored to the courses.
  • Participate in the diverse cultures of Ghana expressed through language, art and food.

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This program is open to all Bucknell students and will be particularly attractive to majors/minors in Africana Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Geography, International Relations, Religious Studies and Sociology. In addition to courses taught by Bucknell faculty, students will take courses at the University of Cape Coast. The core course, "Ancestors and Androids: African Religions in a Global Era", satisfies the CCC's Global Connections requirement, and the elective course, "Culture and Environmental Change in Africa" satisfies the CCC's Environmental Connections requirement. Both courses fulfill the Social Science Learning Goal requirement.

Core Course

Ancestors and Androids: African Religions in a Global Era  ANTH/AFST 292 (Johnson) - 1 credit

TThis course examines African religions in a global era, focusing on the intersection of culture, religion, and globalization. Because understanding religious beliefs and practices requires familiarity with local cultures, the first section of the course provides an introduction to Ghana: the country’s various ethnic groups, history, and the three religious traditions: African indigenous religions, Islam, and Christianity, exploring continuity and change. Students will learn about the various cosmological agents in Africa (e.g., ancestors, witches, spirits, gods), life course rituals, prayer, healing, syncretism, religious change, religious debate and conflict, and the fusion of religion and everyday life. A major goal of the course will be to challenge traditional juxtapositions of indigenous African and monotheistic “world” religions, emphasizing continuity and overlap between them. This course will fulfill the Social Science Learning Goals and Global Connections requirements of the CCC.

Elective Course

Cultural and Environmental Change in Africa  ANTH/ENST 261 (Searles) - 1 credit

Students will learn about and apply core concepts and analytical tools (theories and methods) of cultural anthropology and environmental studies to understand and propose solutions to some of the key resource challenges and environmental changes facing contemporary Africans. Some examples include the impacts of access to global markets on local subsistence practices, the effects of climate change on rural communities, and public and private sector initiatives promoting resource conservation. Students will have the opportunity to experience the various places discussed in the course, such as wildlife preserves, rainforests, farms, and gardens. This course fulfills the CCC's Social Science Learning Goals (SSLG) and Environmental Connections (EVCN) requirements.

Whatever your major/minor BiG provides the opportunity for you to take courses at the University of Cape Coast to enable you maintain a full course load.
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Stephen Appiah-Padi
Director, Global & Off-campus Education
2 Botany Building, 570.577.3796


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