This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants; the in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term.
In Ghana, one of Africa’s leaders in free speech, a vibrant media shapes public discourse through education and critique of government. The advent of social media means that ordinary citizens with internet access complement this space by posting content through digital platforms. Digital platforms have also allowed entrepreneurs to create startups that expand the formal business sector. During the online course, you’ll examine the political, social, and economic uses of digital technology and analyze different types of media coverage and their impacts on local news cycles. Once in Ghana, you’ll investigate the intersections between public interest and private startups as you spend time in Accra and Cape Coast to understand how private startups function in different contexts.
- Explore Ghana’s media ecosystem.
- Engage with entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of social change. (J-term)
- Examine some of the challenges faced by startups in different Ghanaian cities.
- Visit some of Ghana’s foremost thinktanks, media houses, and historical sites. (J-term)
Students are required to complete summer online portion of this program before proceeding to the J-term.