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May term course in Ghana (grad, but could include undergrad students)

GO! Global Opportunities - Children's Musical Play in Inter-generational Ghanaian Families and Institutions. Come learn about a May Session course in Ghana!

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When: Wednesday, April 20th, 2011, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Where: 240 Burton Hall
Who: Professor Priscilla Gibson (Social Work) and Professor Akosua Addo (Music)

Itinerary: The study abroad tour will include visits to various programs in Accra (capital city of Ghana), Gomoa Fetteh and Cape Coast. Some key highlights of our course travel include:

• University of Ghana (Lecture Guest: Social Work professor)
Topic: The social cultural and political systems that inform Social Work practice in Ghana.

• Site visits to W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence / Black Star Square; Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park; and the Centre for National Culture.

• Visits to the Special school for children with learning disabilities; the Domestic Violence Victim Support Unit (the advocacy based NGO for the protection of women and children); Osu Children's Home; Gomoa Fetteh Village of Hope (Home for street children); and Teshie Orphanage.

• Activities involving reflection circles, cultural Immersion Experience in Kotokraba Market; home visits with families, self exploration of sites (including places of worship), and an assignment activities on bargaining and bartering.

This May Session interdisciplinary course is aimed at broadening students' knowledge of children's musical play among intergenerational families in Ghana by integrating approaches from the disciplines of social work and music. Intergenerational practices, musical play, and a contextual view of children will inform the socio-cultural pedagogical lens of this interdisciplinary course.

Cheryl Morgan
Office of the Dean
College of Education and Human Development
104 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

This interdisciplinary course in social work and music will broaden University of Minnesota (UMN) students' knowledge about children's musical play in intergenerational families in Ghana, Africa. Intergenerational practices, musical play, and a contextual view of children will be inform the socio-cultural pedagogical lens of this interdisciplinary course. A Ghanaian intergenerational perspective (Oduaran & Oduaran 2006) provides an explanation of the role of extended family in passing on to children oral narratives and values and providing primary care. In Ghana, music has multiple historic and contemporary functions in intergenerational transmission, communication, rituals, and child development (Addo, 1999, Agawu, 2006). Children in Ghanaian culture are seen as a gift, yet are sometimes forced into labor (LaFraniere, 2006), and their socio-emotional state is of concern when placement in a care institution (Kuyini, Alhassan, Tollerud, Weld, & Haruna, 2009).

The objective is to provide UMN students with a global perspective on well-being of Ghanaian children in their contexts (living with their families or in orphanages -- care institutions) with a focus on their musical play and the influence of intergenerational family transmissions. It will allow students to (a) reflect on their own perspectives and (b) study and observe the intersection of children, families, care institutions, and intergenerational transmission of patterns in an immersion experience in Ghana. Specifically, this course will provide an introduction to and experience with Ghanaian ways of viewing children's musical play in various environments (families, and care institutions) and how musical play is transacted (transmitted, created, influenced and influencing) in the lives of children. Emphasis will be placed on a comparative thinking framework, which incorporates a Western view and a cultural (Ghanaian) view as well as a reporting framework of Description, Analysis, and Interpretation (DAI, see list of Key Terms and Concepts pages 3-4.).

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