Decolonizing Development: Perspectives from Ghana
Explore the legacy and consequences of colonialism in Ghana.
POSTPONED TO 2024.
Registration in all four courses is required.
Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructors.
Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.
Students on this program are required to enroll in four courses:
SOCI 401: Global Research Ethics (3 credits)
DEST 401: Selected Topics in Development Studies (3 credits)
DEST 501: Research in Selected Topics (3 credits)
ANTH 541: Field Study in Social and Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
SOCI 401: Consent of Department, SOCI313 or One Research Methods course any Department/Faculty
DEST 401: Consent of the Department
DEST 501: Consent of the Department; One Research Methods course any Department/Faculty
ANTH 541: Consent of the Department
May 8-12, Calgary: Mandatory on campus pre-travel academic sessions
TBD, Calgary: Mandatory travel clinic
TBD, Calgary: Mandatory first aid
TBD, Calgary: Mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by Group Study Programs
May 16-18: Depart Calgary for Accra
May 18-19: Accra
May 20-26: Wa, Ethics Training at UBIDS
May 27-31: Mole region, Safari at Mole National Park on May 28
June 1-9: Sunyani-Fiapre
June 10-11: Accra
June 12: Cape Coast/ Elmina
June 13: Accra
June 14: Depart Accra for Calgary or independent travel
June 15: Arrive in Calgary
Click here for detailed itinerary.
Date TBD, Calgary: Final Papers due
The estimated cost of the Decolonizing Development Group Study Program is $9472. This includes tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals.
For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.
Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.
International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.
Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Application not currently open. Details to come.
Development Studies Program Specific Funding: For more information on fudning opportunities specifically for Development Studies students, please contact Monika Davison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email email@example.com to request a letter.
Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.
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Students will stay in clean, comfortable, simple accommodations, and will be sought in standard middle range hotels and guesthouses throughout Ghana. All of these are secure and safe establishments approved by the Ghana National Tourist Board. As for food, a variety of options for vegetarian and gluten-free diets will be available. Vegetables are frequently used in dishes, but are usually cooked rather than fresh. Nuts are also commonly used in cooking. If you have severe allergies or restrictions on what type of food you can eat, please consult with the program instructor at the time of application.
This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.
Statement of Purpose
Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.
The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).
Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.
- Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre. Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.
- Submit your transcript through your online application with your statement of purpose.
Meet with professor
The professors would like to meet with applicants as part of the application process. Once the global learning office has received your application, we will pass your contact information to the professors so a short meeting can be arranged with one of them. We encourage you to apply and arrange your meeting before the November 15 deadline if possible.
Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.
Q: What kind of accommodation and food can I expect?
A: Accommodation will be sought in standard middle range hotels and guesthouses throughout Ghana. All of these are secure and safe establishments approved by the Ghana National Tourist Board. As for food, a variety of options for vegetarian and gluten-free diets will be available. Vegetables are frequently used in dishes, but are usually cooked rather than fresh. Nuts are also commonly used in cooking. If you have severe allergies or restrictions on what type of food you can eat, please consult with the program instructor at the time of application.
Q: What is the current political situation in Ghana?
A: The political situation in Ghana is stable and there is civil order. However, police checkpoints are routine along certain roads. Vehicles and passengers may be subject to inspection. Photographs of certain sensitive installations, such as airports, military facilities, and the seat of government including Christianbourg Castle and Flastaff house, are not allowed. Civilians are prohibited from using military-like clothing, such as camouflage fatigues. Students will be briefed on these matters during the orientation programs and with continue reminders in the field. During the pre-departure and in-country orientations, students will be given the latest briefing on the political situation in the country: how to avoid problems and what protocols, emergency and otherwise.
Please note that the laws of Ghana prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex and homosexuality is generally not socially tolerated. While the University of Calgary upholds the values of diversity and inclusivity and does not condone such laws, it is our responsibility to ensure that all students travelling to Ghana are aware of these laws and have the necessary information to protect their safety. We recommend that students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community exercise caution when considering international study to Ghana, as the safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority.
If you would like to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have regarding travelling to this country, please feel free to reach out to your global learning advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Rita Yembilah, at email@example.com
For more information on the Government of Canada’s travel advice for LGBTQIA2S+ people, please feel free to visit the following site: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/lgbt-travel