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African and African-American Studies

Study Abroad

The following courses are offered each Winter Term through the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center. Students may also enroll in existing semester-long exchange programs, or consult the Isabella Cannon GEC staff to design their own study abroad experience.
 

GHANA: WEST AFRICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE - HST/GEO 279-IS
Course Leader & Developer: Dr. Brian Digre
Affiliated AAASE Faculty Co-Leaders: Dr. Heidi Frontani, Prof. Bernard Curry and Dr. Angela Owusu-Ansah

This course is an exploration of Ghana's history, literature and culture. Students will experience life in modern Ghana while gaining an appreciation of the country's rich past. The course will integrate lectures by Ghanaian university faculty with visits to fascinating sites throughout the country.

Students will learn about the powerful Asante state, the tragic Atlantic slave trade, Ghana's contemporary history and the challenges facing Africa today. They can expect to discuss an African novel with a Ghanaian professor, attend a traditional ceremony with village elders, visit craftsmen who make kente cloth, teach a class at a local school, walk across a rope bridge above a rainforest and marvel at elephants while hiking through the bush.

THE CALL OF SOUTH AFRICA - GST 206-IS
CourseLeader & Developer: Dr. Prudence Layne
Affiliated AAASE Faculty Co-Leaders: Profs. Sandra Reid and Bernard Curry

Visit the Course Website at http://www.elon.edu/sasa

Earmarked "The Call of South Africa: Models and Movements of Protest, Images and Texts of Healing," students travel to South Africa each winter term to explore the contradictions of a land that is a cultural, spiritual, and political symbol of hope and freedom for people everywhere.  Broadly speaking, this course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental role of the arts in the fight of individuals, groups, and nations for civil rights and democracy. More specifically, however, students in the course examine the social, systemic, and political structures that impact(ed) the lives of African-Americans in the pre- and post- Civil Rights eras and South Africans in the pre- and post-apartheid periods from a literary, cultural, and historical perspective.

Through their study and engagement with scholars and leaders from all sectors of society, students improve their basic understanding of the complex racial dynamics of South Africa and the United States and the impact of segregationist policies on various communities The sites of interrogation and learning are impressive during the travel component of the course, but of equal importance are the orientations and in-depth discussions and analyses in which students engage before their departure. This prolonged, engaged interaction with the people of South Africa allows Elon students to study not just literature, culture, politics, history and social interactions, but they also come to understand the complex racial dynamics of their own societies.

BRAZIL: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - GST 288-IS
Course Leader: Dr. Amy Johnson

The purpose of this course is to immerse Elon students in the African influenced culture and the history of Brazil and have them confront the ongoing issues of poverty and social injustice resulting from this history. Students will begin by studying Brazil’s colonial past specifically as it relates to slave trading, the system of racial chattel slavery, and the multiple ways enslaved people experienced slavery.  Next, we will explore the African influenced culture of Brazil. Finally, students will have the opportunity to think critically about how the legacy of slavery and racism has impacted and continues to impact Afro-Brazilians. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the political, social and economic disparity that Afro-Brazilians suffer through various service projects.