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AAPS300/GVPT368G: Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana: A Strategy for Sustainable Educational Development

Virutal, Virtual
Program Type: 
Maryland Virtual
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
Graduate Students Eligible to Apply: 
EA Advisor: 
Maria Barra

GCIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic communities in both developed and underdeveloped countries have been impacted on multiple levels. In particular, some of the already vulnerable groups have experienced exponential hardships due to COVID-19. Marginalized communities, populations that live in remote regions, or groups of people that have traditionally been underserved have had to deal with circumstances such as financial loss, food insecurity, and threatened access to educational resources. This course will explore the practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a development strategy in which business can potentially bring about positive change in the communities in which they operate. Specifically, within the context of the global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, many nations mandated/encouraged a  transition to virtual operations. The education sector was significantly impacted by COVID-19 but its impact was exacerbated for educators and students in traditionally underserved communities. Educational inequities evidenced by the limited to no access to educational resources experienced by some communities, left a void in which businesses, especially telecommunications companies may engage in CSR to provide resources for education in a virtual environment. The Student Ambassadors will compare the role of two multinational telecommunications companies, one in the U.S. and the other in Ghana, West Africa to assess their response to COVID-19 vis-a-vis the support of educational entities or communities in need.  

Through sectoral analyses, document analyses, and conversations with stakeholders of various sectors, communities, and industries, we will learn of personal experiences, cultural perspectives, as well as domestic and international actors and factors that account for the decisions and engagement of business. The key question being investigated is whether Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) may be used as a strategy for sustainable development. Furthermore, Student Ambassadors will examine whether socio-cultural norms influence business operations/decisions relative to CSR.

The course will also introduce students to many cultural components of Ghana. Join us for Cultural Conversations over Coffee each Friday as we are entertained by Ghanian artists and discuss the symbolism and historical and contemporary relevance of their art to the people and the nation as a whole.

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UMD and non-UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible. Register in Testudo for the following three credit course:

The course will be conducted virtually via the zoom platform (check Testudo for more details). The last day to cancel registration is January 3 for a 100% refund and January 4 for a 80% refund.

The Non-UMD undergraduate application is due by November 10th. Non-UMD graduate students or professionals will need to apply to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this course.

Dr. Rhea Roper Nedd's professional experiences consist of teaching and higher education program administration specializing in the development of interventions and services that lead to the retention and graduation of underrepresented groups. As the Associate Director of the McNair Scholars Program she works with a select group of high academic achievers to prepare them for matriculation into doctoral programs upon graduation, through the teaching of research methodologies and the dissertation writing process. Prior to joining the McNair Scholars Program she served as the Assistant Director of the Pre-College Programs-Upward Bound Programs at the University of Maryland, College Park. As an Adjunct Professor at Howard University, she has taught a number of courses in the field of Political Science and International Relations. If you are interested in this course but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to Dr. Rhea Roper Nedd to discuss your interest. For general questions, please contact EA Short-term Programs.

Tuition: Undergraduate, per credit rate MD-in State Resident $367
Out-of-State Resident $1,456
Tuition: Graduate, per credit rate MD-in State Resident  $731
Out-of-State Resident  $1,625
Winter Fee Winter Session $100

Costs listed above are calculated based on the university’s standard tuition and fee rates for winter 2021.