The following courses are offered each Winter Term through the Isabella Cannon International Centre. Students may also enroll in existing semester-long exchange programs, or consult the Isabella Cannon staff to design their own study abroad experience.
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.
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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.
This interdisciplinary course explores a wide range of content related to present day Barbados and her proud people. Course emphases will support varied academic interests, including: sport, media, communication, music, tourism, education, gender, race, history, economy, & politics.