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

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

GCThe course aims to prepare students with knowledge, transferable skills and strategies to achieving social development in local communities domestically and internationally.  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is considered a development strategy in which business can potentially bring about positive change in the communities in which they operate.  CSR will be considered 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 explore the extent to which a U.S. and Ghanaian based multinational corporation responded to COVID-19 vis-a-vis the support of educational entities or communities in need.  

To achieve a holistic understanding of the issues and potential strategies for resolution, students will engage in a multistakeholder approach to CSR program development.  Students will: 1) be introduced to the realities of the impact of COVID-19 on communities via direct engagement with stakeholders in Ghana; 2) compare and contract Corporate strategies of CSR from a developed vs. developing nation perspective; 3) learn social program development skills that are sensitive to cultural norms; 4) identify international actors that support development and the effect of international guidelines (UN Global Compact); 5) develop a sense of entrepreneurship and social justice advocacy by developing transferable skills to issues within local communities.

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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:

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

Registration opens on February 23, 2021. The course will be conducted virtually via the zoom platform (check Testudo for more details). This course will be offered during Summer Session 2C (July 12-30).

Non-UMD undergraduates will need to submit an application through the Office of Extended Studies to register. 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 the Global Classrooms team.

*Please note this program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. The application deadline is March 9, 2021!*

Tuition: Undergraduate, per credit rate MD-in State Resident $374
Out-of-State Resident $1,485
Tuition: Graduate, per credit rate MD-in State Resident  $746
Out-of-State Resident  $1,658
Summer Online Fee   $100

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