IDS 398

Contemporary Issues and Service Learning in Ghana ( April 24-Aug 3, 2019 tentative)

in conjunction with the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program.


Applications for the 2018-19 program are now closed.

To apply in 2019-20, applicants must be returning to StFX in 3rd year or above in 2020-21.

Click here for more details ⇒ Ghana  ISL Information Sheet



IDS Selected Topics is a 6-credit course offered through Immersion Service Learning during Spring session (May-July)  in Ghana.

This course brings together experiential learning in community-based contexts in Ghana with academic course work to deepen students' understanding of the dynamics of local change in contemporary Ghana as it relates to issues of global inequality and social justice. Through service learning experiences in community-based partner organizations and on-going critical reflection, students will blend theory with practice for a complex understanding of community development in rural Ghana today.

This course is designed to complement learning in a wide variety of academic areas. Through community placements, students can focus on elements of the course that connect with their particular disciplinary interests.

Participants begin with a mandatory StFX campus based orientation late April,  prior to the 3 month Ghana experience. (students are responsible for their own costs during this time) The course features a 4-week intensive class & community-based learning segment in Tamale, in conjunction with a community placement in rural northern Ghana for the duration, along with a course and placement wrap-up and in-country debrief.

This course offers students the opportunity to learn about

  • The historical, political, social and economic context in Ghana
  • Local policy & practice around health, natural resource management (mining, etc.), access to education & economic development
  • Social justice, human rights & global dynamics of change
  • Sustainable development & community engagement
  • Issues of power & privilege
  • Experiential learning, service learning, critical reflection & analysis


This course is available to students from all disciplines who will be enrolled in 3rd or 4th year in 2019.

Cost of this experience:
Participants pay university tuition for a 6 credit course (Please refer to Tuition Fees Continuing Education course calendar).

Participant Immersion Service Learning fees will be fully funded by the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program. Funding covers flights, in country accommodations, meals and transportation, all course related activities, field trip and placements. Students are responsible for their own passport and travel visa fees, and pre travel immunizations (if required).

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.

For more information contact Jodi van Dompseler, Service Learning Program Assistant (

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