Overview

The College of Humanities and Legal Studies is a three-tier College which hosts three faculties and a school. These are Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Law and School of Business. Departments and related units under each Faculty/School are listed below:

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Institute for Development Studies (IDS)
  • Institute for Oil and Gas Studies
  • Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Department of Geography & Regional Planning
  • Department of Sociology & Anthropology
  • Department of Population & Health
  • Department of Economics
  • Centre for Gender, Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD)
  • Centre for Data Archiving, Management, Analysis and Advocacy (C-DAMAA)
  • Micro-finance Unit

 Faculty of Arts

  • Centre for  African and International Studies
  • Department of Ghanaian Languages & Linguistics
  • Department of Religion and Human Values
  • Department of Communication Studies
  • Department of Theatre & Film Studies
  • Department of Classics & Philosophy
  • Department of Music & Dance
  • Department of History
  • Department of French
  • Department of English
  • Information & Literacy Skills Unit

Faculty of Law

  • Department of Legal Studies
  • Department of Advanced Legal Studies
  • Department of Legal Extension
  • Centre for Legal Research
  • Law Library & Information Centre

School of Business

  • Department of Management studies
  • Department of Accounting & Finance
  • Professional & Management Development Unit (PMDU)
  • University of Cape Coast Business Incubator

 

Vision

Already, the constituent Faculties and School of the College have strategic visions that they are pursuing within the broader framework of the vision of the university. These visions all agree on the need for excellence in teaching, research, documentation and empowerment – nurturing a teaching and learning environment that fosters creativity and innovation for national development. The added value of the collegiate system relates to the opportunities offered for interdisciplinary research, and maximisation of the benefits in utilization of resources.

The College of Humanities and Legal Studies therefore strives to become the beacon in inter-disciplinary research, teaching and empowerment in the Humanities, Business, Law and the Social Sciences – a college of high academic excellence and a place of societal relevance.

Mission

The mission of the College shall be to offer challenging curricula and a conducive environment that stimulate critical thinking- inspiring both faculty and students to

be responsive to national needs and aspirations. This will be done through periodic review of the curricula informed by evidenced-based research;

the application of IT in research, teaching and learning; the provision of technical and consultancy support to organisations and agencies, and especially small

and medium-scale enterprises, in the national development effort; and documentation and advocacy for policy at various spatial levels.The broad thematic areas

in which a university is organised will continue to define the work we do in the college, i.e. teaching, research and public service.

l. Research

"Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life" (Marcus Aurelius). This statement underlines my own placement of research within the university system. Research ought to be of priority because it greatly informs and improves upon what we teach and also can influence national policies. The Faculties/School already have research themes in place within the research agenda framework of the University. What is needed is deepening the research groups and empowering them to source funding. Empowerment here should involve further capacity building and funding support at the initial stages from IGF. In addition to periodic dissemination of research findings through seminars, there is the need to produce an annual research report covering all research activities in the College for the attention of the general public. Researcher rating and the accompanying motivations as already proposed by DRIC will be pursued and actualised by the end of the 2014/2015 academic year. The ultimate objective is to move this college to a research- intensive one in the shortest possible time and to achieve international ranking. Central to this research endeavour is there-positioning the research centres in the College (IDS, IOGS, CEGRAD, PMDU etc.) to focus on their core mandate by reducing the teaching load and setting performance targets in terms of research grants obtained and publications. This is the only way these institutes can focus on policy-oriented research — one reason for their existence. our researches must focus on contributing to the national development agenda through making immediate impacts in people's lives. These can be done by tacking crucial issues such as poverty, infant and maternal health, productivity in all sectors, governance at all levels, gender quality, housing, human rights and legal reforms, public procurement, legal regimes and corruption, culture and society (value systems and ethics), language and literacy, and the environment, which all have significant impacts on sustaining development. Profile of the Faculties/ schools, Departments/Centers.

 

Core Value

The objectives of the College are to:

  • Facilitate the promotion of academic work and good governance across faculties/schools;
  • Promote interdisciplinary activities including research and outreach;
  • Promote networking and group research based on the University’s Research Agenda; and
  • Pool resources together to ensure maximum utilization for research, teaching and outreach.