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  • Locations: Accra & Kumasi, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: CAPA the Global Education Network 
  • Restrictions: UMass Amherst applicants only
  • Program Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Carol Lebold
Who Can Apply?:
Fields of Study:
African Studies, Afro-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC), Comparative Literature, Culture, Education, General Studies, History, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Women's Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Provider:
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Summer Program Duration:
4 weeks
In Classes With:
All US Students
Minimum Class Standing:
Freshman, Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
Program Description:
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The trans-Atlantic slave trade was a tragedy that dramatically impacted the history and development of many African countries, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

This seminar aims to provide you with an analytic framework to tackle the wide variety of issues, questions, and experiences surrounding the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The program is based in Ghana, a country at the center of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, giving students the opportunity to delve deeper and gain a new perspective on this dark chapter in history that still resonates strongly in the Americas today.

The Program Fee for the CAPA Global Seminar: Myths and Realities of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade includes:
  • 5-6 academic credits
  • Housing in Yaa Asantewaa House, located at the Aya Centre.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided at the Aya Centre or local restaurants
  • Breakfast and lunch on overnight excursions
  • Transportation for all required site visits and course-related excursions. 
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Two excursions: a two-night exploration of the Central Region with tours to the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, and an overnight trip to the Ashanti region
  • Site visits to: James and Ussher Forts, Assin Manso, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, Aburi Woodcarving Village, the Ghana National Museum, and a Danish plantation
  • A welcome, departure and jazz dinner
  • Medical, travel, and accident insurance
  • CAPA student services and support, including 24-hour emergency on-call support
Over 50,000 Students Have Studied Abroad With CAPA!
  • 40 years experience in study abroad education
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Academic Credits (5-6 credits) 
This seminar is 5 credits. You also have the opportunity to take an optional 1 credit course,Telling the Story.

Course Description
Myths and Realities of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (5 credits)
This is an interdisciplinary course designed to disrupt old assumptions, dispel lingering myths, and introduce students to the realities, paradoxes, and challenges that permeate the terrible histories of slavery in general and the socio-economic and political institutions that resulted from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in particular.  Located in the Republic of Ghana, where much of the physical and social history of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade can still be found, this 4-week seminar will make an invaluable contribution to enhancing the students’ understanding of this tragic chapter of human history.

Telling the Story (1 credit optional)
This course is designed to help you further engage with the host city, identify and record transferable skills gained during your time abroad and develop the tools required to speak effectively about your learning experience in both personal and professional settings such as to future employers or graduate/professional school admissions officers. The Telling the Story course is open to all students who participate in a selection of specially chosen activities embedded in the My Global Education program. The designated events and activities required will serve to highlight aspects of the global city not covered by the themes examined in the 5 credit Seminar. In order to receive the extra one-credit, you must fulfill the following requirements: 

Attend three additional classes (9 hours)
Participate in specially designated events, activities, explorations (these may be CAPA-led or self-directed)*
Complete a written assignment under the direction of a faculty advisor
*The designated events and activities are open to all students but are required for those students opting to take the Telling the Story course for credit. 

The three additional classes are:
Class 1: Theories and Signposts will outline the course requirements and will offer you the opportunity to identify the ways in which globalization has shaped the processes of urbanization and resulted in a complex interplay of social dynamics and diversity. 
Class 2: Encounters will focus on sharing narratives and comparing experiences in the host city. You will compare and contrast ways in which your engagements with the city have illustrated the processes discussed in class one.
Class 3: Telling the Story will supply you with the tools by which you can refine your personal experiences into a coherent oral and written presentation of how and what you have learned during your time abroad. 

Field Studies
Likely site visits include tours of James and Ussher Forts, Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, Assin Manso, the Ashanti region, and visits to a number of museums, villages and markets which will highlight some of the history and culture of the people of Ghana.

Seminar Faculty
Dr. Kofi Baku holds a doctorate from the University of Sussex and is a Barrister at Law. He has held visiting teaching positions at Boston University, University of California at Los Angeles, and Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include intellectual resistance to colonialism; statuses and disabilities of slaves in post 1874 Gold Coast and, chieftaincy and national politics in Ghana. He has written numerous articles and book chapters and he is currently preparing a comprehensive history of Ghana. 

In this seminar you can earn 5 to 6 credits. Credits are issued by the University of Minnesota, the School of Record in Accra. Classes will be held at the Aya Centre.

In Accra, you will live in Yaa Asantewaa House. There are 5 bedrooms with bunk beds and 4.5 baths. The three bedrooms on the upper level all have private baths, and the two bedrooms on the ground floor share one large bathroom. Then there is a half bath, also on the ground floor, not far from the kitchen. There is a 24-hour security guard and wifi throughout the Aya Centre including in the housing.

The kitchen can be used to store food, but breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided daily at the Aya Centre or local restaurants while you are in Accra, and breakfast and lunch are provided on the overnight excursions.

Transportation is provided for all required site visits and course-related excursions. Airport transfers on arrival and departure will also be arranged.

Excursions and Site Visits

Excursions include:
A two-night exploration of the Central Region with tours to the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles where slaves were held captive before being transported across the Atlantic and resold
An overnight trip to the Ashanti region which has deep connections to slavery and the slave trade

Site visits include: 
James and Ussher Forts, two of the remnants of the trans-Atlantic slave trade located in Accra
Assin Manso, the site of the last river where captives were bathed before reaching the slave dungeons of Cape Coast and Elmina Castles
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
W.E.B. Du Bois Centre
Aburi Woodcarving Village
Ghana National Museum
A Danish plantation

Student Events
There will be a welcome, departure and jazz dinner included.

CAPA Services and Support
CAPA and Aya Center staff are available throughout your program to provide the tools and guidance for you to make the most of your experience. Students can also contact the 24-hour emergency cell phone for any urgent situations outside of office hours.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.