The Gambia: International Development in Africa
This course provides practical experience in African social, health and development systems. We will spend three weeks exploring health and development issues in The Gambia in West Africa. The aim of the trip is to provide students with firsthand experiences that will help to gain a better understanding of Gambian culture and social institutions. In particular, this trip is designed to give the students personal insight into the many facets of public health and development in The Gambia. The course combines pre-departure readings and orientation meetings with group discussions and field trips in The Gambia. Students will also participate in a two day service learning project at a rural hospital where they will have the opportunity to make a concrete impact in one of the communities where we will visit. Students must write a final paper post-trip that will combine research and personal experiences.
At the conclusion of the course, it is hoped that students will be able to:
- Conceptualize a practical definition of international development.
- Describe how culture shapes the conceptualization of development.
- Describe and explain the effect that structural factors (e.g. infrastructure, history, government structures, social norms, etc.) have on development.
- Practice effective cross-cultural communication skills.
For more information contact: Dr. Lindsay Briggs firstname.lastname@example.org