YBG Summer Session
The YBG X University of Ghana study ABROAD PROGRAM
The Young Black and Global study abroad program gives students of the African diaspora the experience of traveling to new nations, studying, and immersing themselves in new cultures while exploring how these communities relate to themselves and their future. There is a fundamental need for students to have a strong historical and contemporary context about their own history and the history of Africa, combined with elevated critical thinking techniques and deep deconstruction of our own colonial and western ideologies. Our goal is to offer a solid historical foundation around Africa, the African diaspora, and world history; while equipping the next generation with the skills and cultural development necessary to evolve into global change agents.
YBG has partnered with the University of Ghana (UG) to produce a robust study abroad program in which students of the diaspora will study Africa through its past, present, and future context. YBG will be working with the University’s Ghana to the World initiative, allowing students to study, volunteer, and visit historic sites around Ghana.
The June summer session commences from June 3 to June 30.
The summer school consists of the following:
1. Young Black and Global exclusive summer cohort
2. Academic sessions – 9 to 11:30am four days a week
3. Volunteer session -once a week on Thursdays
4. Cultural Tours – on weekends. Start with an Accra tour, then to Cape Coast, Volta region, and Eastern region
5. Cultural activities- on Monday and Wednesday afternoons
6. Accra by Night- experience the nightlife in Accra every Wednesday evening
7. Free afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays
YBG has carefully selected a set of courses that give students a full picture of Africa, as well as their relation to the issues around the continent. YBG & the University of Ghana will offer 4 accredited Africana Studies courses. These courses will be administered by University of Ghana professors, offering students an African-centered lens on history. In total, the Young Black and Global Summer Session offers 12 credits.
COURSE CODE AND COURSE TITLE
UGRC222: Africa in the Contemporary World ((Dr Nana Yaw Sapong))
UGRC223: Africa and the Diaspora (Dr Edem Adotey)
UGRC231: Gender and Development (Dr Doris Boateng)
UGRC234: Philosophy in African Cultures (Dr Chika Mba)
UGRC222: Africa in the Contemporary World
This course explores key developments in African history prior to European encounter. This period has seen vast cultural changes in African societies, the rise of empires and kingdoms, and the incorporation of Africa into the modern world system. Through lectures, readings, and discussions we will look at the political, social, and cultural history of Africa, exploring major historical processes and events such as the trans-Saharan trade and trans-Atlantic slave trade that shaped and continue to reshape the continent and lend themselves to discussions and inquiry.
Dr. Nana Yaw Sapong is a social historian of West Africa with reference to Ghana in the Department of History, University of Ghana. He is an alumnus of the Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University. He teaches the histories of Africa and the wider world and Africa in the international setting in the 20th century. Dr Sapong’s research specializes in labour, social movements, and student movements in Ghana. He is currently an investigator on a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinshaft DFG) Partnership on labour and work in Ghana, 1951-2010.
UGRC223: Africa and the Diaspora
This course is designed to provide a general overview of the voluntary and involuntary journeys, life experiences, as well as the general culture of Africans in the diaspora. It explores some of the surviving African cultural elements in the Americas and analyzes certain cultural and political coping/resistance strategies. The course hopes to demonstrate the resilience of African culture as expressed in music, literature, language, religious beliefs, festivals, and art. It will critique some of the ideological bases for the various slave-trading epochs and suggest ways of enhancing the African image within the global community. Furthermore, it discusses some notable contributions of the African diaspora to the body of world civilization.
Dr. Edem Adotey is a historian in the History and Politics Section of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana where he co-teaches courses on African historiography and methodology, the Slave Trade and Africa, Colonial Rule and African Responses and History of Pan-Africanism at the Graduate level and Chieftaincy and Development at the Undergraduate level. Dr. Adotey is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and is also a member of the Historical Society of Ghana.
UGRC231: Gender and Development
This course will introduce students to key concepts and issues in gender and development with a focus on Africa. It argues that development is not a neutral process but impacts men and women differently. Key topics will include issues of production and reproduction as well as men’s and women’s access to resources in Africa such as land, labor, credit, time, and social capital. The course will also examine the gendered implications of natural resource management and sustainable development as well as decision-making. The main objective of this course is to sensitize students to gender issues and enable students to recognize and understand the relevance of gender as a development issue and how gender inequalities impact negatively on development.
Dr. Doris Boateng is a social worker and senior faculty member at the University of Ghana in the Department of Social Work. She is a recipient of the BANGA grant which is awarded to next-generation leaders at universities in Africa. Dr Boateng’s area of specialization is in gender issues, gender and education, gender and development, women’s political participation, and domestic violence.
UGRC234: Philosophy in African Cultures
This course intends to introduce students to philosophical thought in African cultures, emphasizing its relation and relevance to contemporary African cultures and development. Topics will include the African cosmologies, concepts of God, the deities, and ancestors; African communal and individualist values, the concept of the human being, destiny, evil and ethics/morality, gender, and race.
Dr. Chika Mba is a Research Fellow in the Religions and Philosophy Section of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and postdoctoral fellow at Rhodes University in South Africa. Dr. Mba research interests are cognately tied to the broad domains of African Philosophy, Postcolonialism and Global Justice. Hence his current research activities include (i) a systematic effort to rely on the anti-colonial writings of Frantz Fanon and other Black revolutionary intellectuals and activists to decolonise the contemporary discourse on Global Justice; (ii) a project that seeks to re-inscribe the potentials of negritudist and pan-Africanist legacies, while constantly renegotiating new platforms like Afropolitanism that seeks to channel contemporary African energy flows, especially in intellectual and artistic forms.
1. Must be enrolled in or an undergraduate or graduate program from a 2-year or 4-year university to receive credits. Non-matriculated and Gap Year students can enroll in the program but will receive no credits.
2. Must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA
3. Transcript from your host university
4. Must have a valid passport
5. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination card, yellow fever vaccination, and malaria pills
ACCOMMODATIONS & SERVICES
All of our students will be housed in Accra. The program includes a round trip flight from New York to Accra, daily van transportation, 2 meals per day, housekeeping and excursions. We know parents and students alike can be apprehensive about living and studying on the continent and we are offering an amazing opportunity to have a life-changing, cultural experience with some of the creature comforts of home.
Per Student (Summer Session)
Round Trip Group Flight from New York JFK
Visa on Arrival facilitated by YBG and UG
Pre-departure Orientation and Course Work
Airport pick up from Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3.
Orientation, Welcome and Closing Dinner
Accommodation Housekeeping, Breakfast and Dinner daily, Transport to the program and back, 24/7 Security
Registration and Tuition Fees
Cost of all meals on cultural tours
Cultural tour sites in Accra, Cape Coast, Volta and Eastern regions with transportation
Overnight stay at Coconut Grove Hotel on the Atlantic Ocean
Visit the Assin Manso slave river (last bath for enslaved people), Kakum canopy walk and Cape Coast dungeons
Hiking to Mount Afadjato, visit Tafi monkey sanctuary and experience the Wli waterfall
Experience rustic village life
Tour historical sites in Accra (independence square, Du Bois center, Oxford Street etc.)
Cultural Activities (batik, bead, basketry, pito brewing, shea butter and pottery)
Legon campus tour
Access to Library and Computer Laboratory
Concessionary Use of UG Recreational Center
Community engagement through volunteerism
Certificate of Participation
Health Insurance Plan (travel insurance requested from all participants as well as Covid-19 vaccination)