The Department of Sociology proposes a new programme in Anthropology to augment the Sociology programme currently in existence. This is in response to a growing need for students to become more conversant with the cultural heritage of themselves and others, and also to support the Faculty of Social Sciences in their efforts to train students in critical thinking, global awareness and good citizenship. The new Anthropology programme is designed to broaden and strengthen the already existing Department of Sociology, with the in-depth study of various cultures, across space and through time, which the discipline of Anthropology provides.
As the anthropological study of human origins and cultures has its roots in Africa, it seems only appropriate that Ghana should be in the forefront of such study. Currently there is increased interest in, and awareness of, the world’s interconnectivity. The ethnographic and qualitative methods historically a part of Anthropology provides good training in the understanding of the globalization process in all of its manifestations.
Anthropology has been taught in the Department over the years, but has never received the same attention as Sociology nor has it been fully developed. Redefining the direction of the Department in this way will expand the range of courses offered and extend its research and outreach possibilities, more fully developing the potential of Sociology and Anthropology and enhancing the offerings of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology shall continue to offer the current undergraduate and graduate programme in Sociology, and offer an undergraduate programme in Anthropology. A graduate programme in Anthropology will be developed when the undergraduate programme has sufficiently matured, possibly after four years.