Study abroad: Africa program

Want to spend winter break in Accra, Ghana?

As part of the Les Aspin Center's study abroad program, you'll have the opportunity to visit government institutions, attend cultural events, and interact with key personnel working in Ghanaian politics, NGOs, media and educational institutions. You will explore the country's political development, history and culture. You'll learn about what Ghanaian life is like and participate in a day of service at an orphanage and school.


Beginning in 1994, the Les Aspin Center began conducting study abroad opportunities in Europe and Africa during Marquette’s winter break. Past programs have taken students to Italy, Greece, Ireland, England, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania.



Program notes and dates


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Program costs: $4,400*

The Total program cost of $4,400 covers direct program expenses, which include airfare, hotels, ground transport in Africa, site visit fees and visas (does not include acquiring a passport). Students are responsible for their own food purchase and personal expenses while traveling.

This course is registered as a spring semester course (session 2 schedule). Therefore, there is no additional tuition cost for students who remain under the 18-credit semester limit.

* Program cost is subject to change based on airfare prices.


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Course description

ARSC 2000 — Democracy, Culture, Public Policy: Ghana

During this session 2 course of the spring term, students will examine the manner in which culture, values, and identity shape global and domestic politics. Of particular interest is how they can inform and guide public policy efforts to promote democracy, shape periods of political transition and democratization, and provide the foundation for creating policies that will advance the overall welfare of the society.

A case study of Ghana politics will allow for a rigorous dialogue about the appropriateness of culture, values, and identity as explanatory variables in shaping political outcomes and policy choices.

This course is designed as an immersion experience that will allow students to integrate theoretical models of politics, culture and values with firsthand observations of these variables in action.

In addition to lectures, readings, and site visits, students will interact with personnel from non-governmental organizations, government institutions, and elected and non-elected officials. The course, which may be taken for audit, also will include an examination of the dynamic relationships between governments, NGOs and funding agencies.


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