the townscape of Cape Coast, Ghana, we will investigate methods
of reading cultural landscapes and challenge assumptions about
interpretations of place. The course will unfold against the larger
context of the West Coast of Africa and the involvement of Cape
Coast and other coastal towns in the history of trade-particularly
the enslavement of Africans. This course targets advanced undergraduate
and graduate students whose research interests focus on discerning
cultural patterns and deciphering expressions of change in the
built, natural, and social environments. Using non-traditional
sources such as oral testimony, ritual, and performance, students
will develop the skills needed for collecting, distilling, and
conveying the complexities of community through intensive exposure
to Cape Coast. In interdisciplinary teams, students will develop,
reformat, and produce interpretations of this place using a variety
of digital media.
course will be taught in a seminar/workshop format and is conceived
of as the predecessor to an interdisciplinary student research
project for the summer of 2001 in Cape Coast, Ghana. This summer
project is contingent upon funding from the United States Department
of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad Program and will
have an application process independent of the spring seminar.
include the completion of weekly reading assignments/interpretive
exercises, participation in class discussion, weekly journal entries,
and a final multimedia product.
readings and related materials will appear on the course web site.
is where the syllabus will be updated and you can check for reading
assignments, study questions, images, and on-grounds related lectures
and other activities.