Instructor: Re. Dr. A. Akrong
Project: Religion and Philosophy; the Construct of Leadership and its Effect on the Physical and Mental Environment
This project will attempt to explore the relationship between leadership and religion, village ethos and Chieftancy, and environmental ethics and political framework. The student will do a thorough analysis of the institution of Chieftancy and how the discovered patterns of leadership affect both western and non-western current perceptions of authority and administration. Colonization will be considered, drawing significance from the failures and accomplishments of various forms of leadership. Specific topics will be explored, such as the institution of female leaders, various religious paradigms, European and Christian influence, communication obstacles, cultural issues, and a special emphasis upon custodians of the environment. The degree of environmental authority and its efficacious or futile nature will be questioned.
The student will focus their studies on Otomasi, a town roughly 50 miles outside of Accra. In the village, the student will need to familiarize themselves with the peoples and culture, after doing research amongst the archives. After performing interviews in their case study, the student will combine their findings with their initial research and background knowledge to prepare proposals for future leadership issues.
Among several questions, the student will explore the following:
What is the institution of Chieftancy?
How much information do the Mission Records provide and how effective are these recordings?
What is the religious standing of individual chiefs?
How much does a certain type of leadership contribute to the culture of a village?
How prevalent are women leaders?
What are the political issues surrounding environmental leadership?