Like last year, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) hosted 16 students from Ohio State University in May this year. The students in company of their coordinator, Dr Salome Fouts, were in Uganda on a Study Abroad Programme from 5th -30th May, 2014. They were taught by lecturers from CHUSS, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the College of Business and Management Sciences (COBAMS). Topics covered included Pre & Post-colonial History and a brief overview of Religion in Uganda by Dr Nzarwa Katono, Head Department of History, Archaeology and Heritage Studies; Institutions and Governance by Dr. S.K Simba from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration; Women in Development and Issues of Sexuality by Dr Sarah Ssali from the School of Women and Gender Studies; Uganda’s Economy & its Position in the face of Urbanization and Globalisation by Dr Paul Wabiga from the School of Economics; Agriculture and Food Security by Dr Peter Walekhwa from CAES and Traditional Security and Peace Building by Assoc. Prof Paul Omach from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.
The students also had an opportunity to tour different political and cultural institutions in Uganda. Some of the areas visited included, the Parliament of Uganda, Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo, the Museum, Bulange Mengo, the Source of the Nile in Jinja and Murchison Falls. The students also carried out field work in Jinja, Kamuli and Gulu districts. At Parliament, the students attended one of the Plenary sessions chaired by the Speaker, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga.
The Study Abroad Programme is a partnership between CHUSS and Ohio State University aimed at introducing American students to Uganda and its people. It is also aimed at enabling the students to acquire and develop breadth of knowledge, skills, and perspectives across national boundaries that can help them become more globally aware.
Through the classroom and field experiences, students learn about different systems of thought, belief and kinship and their impact on cultural issues such as ethnicity and race in contemporary Uganda. Coursework examines Uganda's modern political environment, including multi-party politics, the women's movement and co-existence with traditional kingdoms. Students explore how Uganda is able to use healthcare systems, education, arts, music and literature to shape, maintain and develop its peoples' sense of belonging and safety.