The Politics of Development in West Africa: Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire

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

  • Experience and learn about Africa within an African environment.
  • Travel through Ghana on field trips tailored to the core course.
  • Learn about and participate in the rich African culturesexpressed through the arts, language, food and recreation.
  • Live and study at the University of Cape Coast.
  • Tour UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ghana and Côte D'Ivoire.

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Applications are due by Sept. 6, 2019, but to increase your chances of acceptance, please apply as soon as possible.

This program is open to all Bucknell students. This program is open to all majors and has enrolled students from the natural sciences, humanities, management and social sciences. 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. The core course, “The Politics of Development in West Africa: Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire”, satisfies Bucknell’s College Core Curriculum Global Connections requirement.

Core Course

The Politics of Development in West Africa: Ghana and Côte D'Ivoire - 1 credit

This course takes a political economy approach to development in Africa. It focuses on sources of development, including internal and external factors with a specific consideration of Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) as well as other African countries including neighbors Togo, and other African regions. Major themes of the course include long-run perspective of West African development (1400-2020); culture and development; political institutions and development; external forces including slave trade (Atlantic and Arab) and colonialism. Students will be able to compare the impact of colonialism on an Anglophone vs, a Francophone African country, and be able to participate in a research project.This course satisfies the College Core Curriculum Global Connections requirement.

Elective Courses

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.
Visit http://ucc.edu.gh/academics/progammes-list for a view of departments and courses available to you.