Course Information

Course Number

682

Credits

3

Legal Frameworks: Ghana

A new seminar that will focus on comparative legal and cultural issues relating to free speech and the media in a developing democracy, and include spring-break field study in Ghana.

Developed by Professor Joseph Blocher, enrollment in the seminar, titled “Democratic Development and the Public Sphere: Freedom of Speech and Press in Ghana,” will be capped at 12 students. Weekly class sessions will engage students in discussion of relevant readings including a mix of primary sources, historical and cultural materials, and scholarly commentary. The intensive fact-finding trip to Ghana will allow students to assess the legal and cultural issues in context; meet with stakeholders such as government officials, print,broadcast, and online journalists; lawyers and judges; NGOs; and tribal leaders. Following their return, students will work collaboratively on written educational, advocacy, or strategic planning materials that could be used by Ghanaian partners and stakeholders in their work.


Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.