College of Arts and Science Courses in Accra
2022 Program Dates
Student Arrival: TBC
Student Departure: TBC
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Elective Reporting Topics: Reporting Africa - JOUR-UA 9204 - 4 Credits
Pre-requisite: JOUR-UA 101 - Journalistic Inquiry or permission of the instructor.
This course offers undergraduate students the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work as a foreign correspondent while honing their reporting skills and powers of observation. Students report, write, and produce news articles focusing on public health and/or development issues in this dynamic West African nation. Examples of topical focus might include: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on malaria prevention, overcoming stigmas in mental health treatment, or efforts to expand cancer services in developing nations. Students will work with both Ghanaian public health or development officers and with representatives with international NGOs with branches in Accra. Students work independently, and in teams, to produce an in-depth research and reporting project. Participants will be actively involved in reporting, writing, and photographing. The schedule is rigorous.
Journalism and Society: Cultural Context of African Media - JOUR-UA 9503 - 4 Credits
This course will take a critical look at how the media interrelates with society by focusing on the history, content, economics and effects of the media.
The class will explore the socio-cultural and philosophical context of the media industry in general, and the practice of mass communication in Africa and Ghana in particular. This broad perspective will be examined against the background notion that the media do not function in a vacuum. Thus, students will examine how these contexts, informed by the dominant philosophies and macro-institutional practices of society, mitigate or even dictate the operations of the media. Discussions will also deal with how the mass media impact on society and affect the manner in which people experience the world around them