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LIBERAL STUDIES

What is Liberal Studies at Aamusted?

Liberal Studies is designed to cater to the different needs and interests of students. The programme is thus, instituted to provide students with the option to select, from among various themes and their respective courses, a course from a theme that is of interest to them. It is also to make it more relevant to the practical needs of students to enable them to address problems of everyday life. Students are, therefore, offered the opportunity to study something other than their disciplinary area. This is to enable students to familiarize themselves with some areas of the curriculum outside their academic departments. Finally, it is to provide thematic direction to research in the Centre and the two Interdisciplinary Studies departments in Kumasi and Mampong. It is envisaged that findings from such researches will eventually feed into the teaching of the programme on the various campuses

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Objectives

The objectives of the revised programme are to enable students to acquire functional skills and competencies that will enhance their personal development. In addition, the course assists in broadening the horizon of students, by exposing them to areas of the curriculum outside their main areas of specialization. Further, the course will equip students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to participate meaningfully in social life

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2022/2023 Liberal Studies Themes or Options available for Regular Students

GPD 231ab:     Colonialism and Nationalism in Ghana

GDDR231Ah Human Rights in Ghana

GPD 231Bb  Public Speaking

GPD 231Bc  Effective Parenting

GPD 231Bd  Social Problem

GPD 231Be  Stress and Stress Management

GPD 231Bg  Leadership Development

GPD 231Bi Early Childhood Care and Education GPD 231Ea HIV/AIDS and other STIs/STDs GPD 231Ec Man and the Environment

GPD 231Ee Basic Health and Fitness Education GPD 231Ca Courtship and Marriage

GPD 231Db Career Skills

GPD 231Dc Corporate Governance

GPD 231Bj    Contemporary Issues in Ghanaian Law

GPD 231Af The Middle-East Question and the Growth of Islamic Fundamentalism GPD 231Da Entrepreneurship Awareness and Marketing

GPD 231De Consumer Education and Economics 

GPD 231Eb Technology and Society

GPD 231Ed: Energy and Technology

 

2022/2022 Liberal Studies Themes or Options available for Evening Students Only

GPD 231Ea HIV/AIDS and other STIs/STDs

GPD 231ab:     Colonialism and Nationalism in Ghana

GPD 231Bc  Effective Parenting

GPD 231Bg  Leadership Development

 

2022/2022 Liberal Studies Themes or Options available for Weekend Students Only

GPD 231Bd Social Problem

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  1. GPD 231Ab: COLONIALISM AND NATIONALISM IN GHANA

Course description: The course seeks to provide a sketch of the political history of Ghana under colonial rule. It also describes the forces which led to the rise of Nationalism in Ghana during the colonial era.

Course Objectives

The course aims at assisting students to students to discuss the coming of the Europeans and the introduction of colonialism in Ghana. Again, students will examine the enactments and policies of the various colonial governments in Ghana. Again, students will analyse the impact of colonialism on the people of Ghana. Further students will examine the forces that led to the rise of nationalism in Ghana. Finally, students will examine the impact of the nationalist movement on the politics of colonial Ghana.

Mode of delivery: The course will be delivered via lectures, whole-class discussion, presentations, brainstorming and small group discussion techniques.

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2. GPD 231Af:   THE  MIDDLE-EAST  QUESTION  AND  THE GROWTH  OF ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM

Course description: This course introduces students to the relationship between the conflict and Islamic fundamentalism and the concept of so-called terrorism attendant upon the Islamic fundamentalism is also explored. The implication of the conflict for polarization between the Arab-Islamic world and the Western world and, by extension, even the wider world will be examined.

Objectives: This course seeks to introduce students to the basic causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the various political parties, quasi-political parties and pressure groups involved and what they all seek to achieve.

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Course content

A. The Middle Eastern Question

  • Colonialism in the Middle East
  • Importance of the Middle East
  • Genesis of Palestinian – Israel Question
  • Nationalism and the Development of Zionism and the Establishment of Israel
  • The Arab League and Arab Nationalism
  • Muslim Christian relations in the Middle East

B. Islamic Fundamentalism

  • The root causes of Underlying Factors
  • Islamic Fundamentalist Group at a glance
  • Activities of Islamic Fundamentalist Groups

C. Attempts at Resolution of the Question

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3. GPD 231Ah: HUMAN RIGHTS IN GHANA

Course Description

The course is intended to expose students to the rights and freedoms they are entitled to under the 1992 Constitution. It traces the origins of human rights and explains the processes that culminated in the adoption of the United Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. It also discusses the bodies that have been established by the constitution to safeguard the rights of Ghanaians. The course will enlighten students about the duties and responsibilities they have to discharge to enable them to enjoy their rights.

Course Objectives

The course will enable students to discuss the origins of human rights and explain how it got to be adopted by the United Nations. Students will also examine the various human rights charters

Ghana is a signatory to and the human rights provisions in the 1992 Ghana Constitution. Also, students will discuss the organs which have been established to safeguard the rights of Ghanaians the contemporary human rights issues in the country. Finally, students will examine the responsibilities of the individual in respect of his/her rights

Course content

  1. The concept of human rights: Universal view on human rights and other definitions of the concepts.
  2. Various conceptions and perceptions of human rights.
  3. The African Charter on human and people rights and, the role of the African Commission.
  4. Constitutional commissions and human rights in Africa

a. The Truth and Reconsideration Commission in Ghana (TRC)

b. The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ)

  1. Human rights institutions and institutional abuses of human rights in Africa.
  2. Conflict and human rights Africa: The child-soldier phenomenon
  3. Humanitarian intervention and human rights: The case of ECOMOG in Liberia And any other.
  4. Human rights the democratization process in an Africa.
  5. Human rights, tradition and culture in Africa.

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4. GPD 231Bb: PUBLIC SPEAKING

Course Description: The course exposes students to the principles, strategies and techniques of effective speech communication at formal and informal public settings.

Objective: The course will help the student to successfully plan and deliver effective speeches with or without the support of audio-visual aids.

Course Content: The course will cover the following

  1. Preparing for public speaking: Deciding on a topic and purpose, analyzing your audience, researching and planning your speech, developing confidence and overcoming fear and anxiety.
  2. Organising and wording the speech, using the right tone, pitch, volume, rate and body language in your presentation.
  3. Using audio-visual resources effectively.
  4. Adjudication: Rehearing and evaluating the presentation.
  5. Types of public speaking: Informative speeches, persuasive speeches, inspirational speeches, humorous speeches, demonstration speeches and impromptu speeches.
  6. Other forms of public speaking: Small group presentations, discussions, debate and parliamentary procedure, speaking at interviews and formal meetings, etc.
  7.  Ethics and Public Speaking

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5. GPD 231Bc:   EFFECTIVE PARENTING

Course Description: The course examines various parenting strategies for rearing responsible children in today’s self-indulgent world.

Objective: The course will make students capable of raising well-behaved, competent and self-reliant children in future

Course Content

  1. The course will cover the following:
  2. Meaning of Parenting, Parenting Styles and Skills.
  3. Planning a Family and Establishing close Emotional Relationship with Children.
  4. Nurturing children and guiding their behaviour.
  5. Single Parenting, Step-parenting and Long-Distance Parenting.
  6. Infancy and Pre-school Years.
  7. The Early School Years.
  8. Parenting Adolescents.
  9. Parenting in Times of Trauma and Handling Common Parenting Problems.
  10. Support for parents and children.

 

6. GPD 231Bd:  SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Course Description: The course is designed to expose students to problems that afflict human beings in a modern industrialized multicultural society.

Objective: The course seeks to enable the student to effectively participate in constructive debates on the nature, causes, effects and remedies of persistent social problems.

Course Content

  1. The course will cover the following:
  2. Sociological perspective on social problems.
  3. Family-related problems.
  4. Sex-related Social problems.
  5. Environmental Degradation, Health and Sanitation problems.
  6. Race, Ethnicity, Minority, Prejudice and Discrimination
  7. Drug Abuse
  8. Violence, War and Terrorism
  9. Conflict and Peace-making
  10. Delinquent and Criminal Behaviour
  11. Inequality and Poverty

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7. GPD 231Be:  STRESS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT

Course Description: In this course, you will examine the definition of stress, stress and the body system, personality and stress, occupational stress and factors affecting the severity of stress. You will also learn some ways of coping with stress. We all experience stress and have done so throughout our lives. You should be aware, however, that stress is not always harmful, nor is it always a negative factor in life. Actually, too much stress is harmful, some stress is actually necessary

Objectives: Students will be exposed to the various ways of managing and coping with stress. Students will also be able to explain what stress is, categories of stress and how it affects the body system and the personality. Further students will examine the factors affecting the severity of stress and various strategies for coping with stress.

Course Content

  1. The concept of stress.
  2. Stress and the body system.
  3. Stress and personality theory
  4. Occupational stress
  5. Job burnout
  6. Severity of stress
  7. Reducing stress

8. GPD 231Bg:  LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Course Description and Objective: This course is designed to assist students to acquire knowledge about leadership. It also examines the different styles of leadership employed by people in leadership positions, the role of leaders and followers to build a healthy community/organization.

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9. GPD 231Bi:  EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION

Course Description: The course is designed to explore the developmental and learning experiences of children from birth through age 8. It exposes students to various interventions programmes for the care and education of young children as a foundation for further growth and development in the subsequent years.

Objectives: Student will explain the relevance of early childhood education, and be in the position to evaluate the quality of early childhood care and education programmes.

Course Content: The course will cover the following:

  1. Meaning and scope of early childhood care and education.
  2. The case of early childhood education.
  3. Child Development: Stages and Principles.
  4. Historical alternatives/model of early childhood education curriculum.
  5. Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programmes.
  6. The role of play in early childhood development and education.
  7. Early childhood care and development programmes in developing countries.
  8. Quality issues in early childhood care and education,
  9. Evaluating and selecting early childhood care and education services.

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10. GPD 231Bj:  CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN GHANAIAN LAW

Course Description: The course seeks to examine basic legal issues and concepts in Ghanaian law that citizens need to appreciate the legal world and to uphold their human rights and responsibilities.

Objectives: The course exposes the student to explain concepts of human rights, administrative justice, land transactions, and purchase of goods.

Course Content: The course will cover the following:

  1. Human Rights in Ghana.
  2. Economic and Social Rights of the Individual and their Relationship with Political and Civil Rights.
  3. Available Remedies to the individual affected by an Administrative Action.
  4. Types of Defence open to the individual under Criminal Law.
  5. The National Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Ghana: Challenges in the Anti-corruption Campaign.
  6. Legal Issues Pertaining to Land Transactions in Ghana.
  7. Protection for Purchasing of Goods under Ghanaian Law.
  8. Sources of Law under the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

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11. GPD 231Db: CAREER SKILLS

Course Description: The course has been designed to expose students to the world of work, practical and ethical demands at the modern workshop career.

Objectives: This course will enable the student to make appropriate career decisions, successfully compete with others for job vacancies and put up satisfactory conduct at the workplace to earn promotions.

Course Content: The course will cover the following:

  1. Researching career opportunities in the job market.
  2. Analysing yourself, your interests, aptitudes, interests, and values, and making a suitable career choice.
  3. Planning your job search strategy:
  • Managing your time and study habits
  • Engaging in co-curricular activities
  • Earning the requisite qualifications and credentials
  • Writing application letters and résumés
  • Preparing for interviews
  1. Marketing yourself.
  2. Interviewing successfully and landing the job.
  3. Managing your career and succeeding on the job and in life.
  4. Health and safety at the workplace.
  5. entrepreneurship
  6. Working and Living abroad.

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12. GPD 231Dc: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Course Description: The course has been designed to introduce students to the principal legal features of business organizations and how company directors promote and control their company’s operations

Objectives: This course will equip students to understand the basic principles involved in the administration of companies.

Course Content: The course will cover the following:

  1. Forms of Business Organisations
  • Sole Traders
  • Partnerships
  • Cooperatives
  • Limited Companies
  1. The Incorporation Procedures
  • Features of a Corporation
  • Types of Companies
  • Formation of a Company
  • Effects of regulations when registered
  1. Corporate Membership
  • Members of Rights
  • Members Liabilities
  • Termination of Memberships
  1. Meetings
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Extraordinary General Meeting
  • Notice of Meetings
  • Quorum and Voting at Meetings
  1. Directors of Companies
  • Appointment of Directors
  • Types of Directors
  • Limitations on the Powers of Directors
  • Duties of Directors
  1. Shares
  • Nature, Types and Classes of Shares
  • Payment for Shares
  1. Debentures
  • Definition and Types
  • Debenture and Debenture Stock Certificates
  1. Liquidation of Companies
  • Private Liquidation
  • Official Liquidation

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GPD 231De:  CONSUMER EDUCATION AND ECONOMICS

Course Description: This course seeks to foster and develop essential skills and attitudes among students to enable them to become informed consumers.

Objectives: This course will guide students to explain the rights and responsibilities of consumers and make purchases wisely. Furthermore, students will be assisted to manage personal finances to best advantage and evaluate sales and advertising practices. Finally, students will be guided to guard against fraudulent and deceptive sales practices.

Course Content: The course will cover the following:

  1. Consumers and the Ghanaian Economy
  • Importance of consumer education and economics
  • Reasons for consumerism
  • Factors influencing consumer power
  • Types of consumers
  • Consumer lifestyles
  1. Consumer Decision Making
  • Types of consumer decisions
  • Factors affecting consumer decision making
  • Consumer decision-making process
  • Consumer problems and their solution
  1. Resource Management
  • Money management styles of consumers
  • Preparing personal financial budgets
  • Personal savings and investment plans
  • Shopping skills and consumer buying habits
  • Consumer credits and associated problems
  1. Consumer Participation in National Economy
  • Social responsibilities to consumers
  • Consumer rights and responsibilities
  • Consumer protection (i.e. laws and agencies responsible for protecting consumers)
  • Consumer roles in conserving natural resources
  • “Green” consumerism

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GPD 231Ea:   HIV/AIDS AND OTHER STIs

  • Course Description and Objectives: The HIV/AIDS pandemic is currently one of the greatest threats to the survival of humankind especially to the people of sub-Saharan Africa and other developing nations. Agencies of the United Nations, donor countries and NGOs have been collaborating on efforts at combating the dreadful disease but it still rages on. The course aims at exposing students to the nature of the pandemic: symptoms, causes/mode of transmission and prevention. It also focuses on how patients should be treated. Other STIs will also be discussed.

 

  • GPD 231Eb: TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY

  • Course Description: The course deals with the methods of using scientific and mathematical principles to solve problems that confront society. It is designed to make the student aware of changes in technology that can affect peoples’ lifestyles and their health. Moreover, it focuses on the individual’s ability to complete more tasks in less time and with less energy.
  • Objectives: This course assists students to create awareness about the effects of technology on the individual and society as a whole.
  • Course Content
  • The course will cover the following:
  • Philosophy of Design and Technology.
  • Activities of Technology (i.e. manufacturing, construction, transportation, communication, bio-related technologies).
  • Types of Industry (i.e. primary, secondary and tertiary).
  • Labour-Intensive and Automated Production Industries.
  • Effects of Economics, materials and safety on society.
  • Environmental Pollution: Kinds (i.e. Air, water, soil and noise).
  • Controlling Pollution.
  • The Energy Crisis.

 

  • GPD 231Ec: MAN AND THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Course Description: The course exposes students to the dynamics of the ecosystem (biosphere) that supports plant and animal life on earth. It examines the basic scientific laws, principles and concepts that explain environmental and resource problems and the possible solutions to these problems.
  • Course Objectives: The course assists students to recognize the importance of sound environmental practices for the survival and progress of human beings on earth. Also, the course assists learners to develop positive attitudes toward the environment to help sustain life on earth and secure the earth’s abundance and beauty for present and future generations.
  • Course Content: The course will cover the following:
  • Environmental Problems and their causes.
  • Ecosystems and how they work.
  • Population Growth and the Environment.
  • Soil, Water and Food Resources and their Management.
  • Biodiversity, Afforestation, Deforestation, and Loss of Biodiversity
  • Global Warming and Ozone Loss
  • Solid, Toxic and Hazardous Waste
  • Pesticides and Pest Control
  • Air, Climate and the Weather

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GPD 231Ee: BASIC HEALTH AND FITNESS EDUCATION

Course Description: This course will equip students with a basic understanding of factors that determine general health and fitness. Also they will acquire some techniques for general fitness activities for the body.

Course Objectives: This course will guide students to explain the meaning of health and fitness and also discuss the basic guidelines for maintaining general health and physical fitness. Students will also be exposed to demonstrate some basic fitness activities and determine some basic fitness exercises that can be performed to maintain the body, in the absence of gym equipment. Finally, students will analyse stress and discuss the relationship between nutrition and fitness.

Course Content: The course will cover the following:

  1. The basic concept of health and fitness
  • Meaning of health.
  • The different components of fitness.
  • Basic idea of a fitness test and its importance.
  1. Basic fitness activities
  • Fitness walk
  • Aerobics
  • Circuit training
  • Some game activities.
  1. Healthy living practices
  • Appropriate diet for healthy living
  • Attitudes for healthy living
  • Planning for healthy living
  • The environment as related to general health
  • Basic first aid and safety awareness
  1. Stress and stress management

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GPD 231Ca:  COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE

Course Description: The course is designed to examine the factors/issues relating to responsible courtship and marriage.

Objectives: It will enable students to make appropriate spouse-selection decisions and develop and maintain a long-term committed loving relationship as a foundation for stable family life.

Course Content: The course will cover the following:

  1. Anthropological reasons for the existence of marriage.
  2. The concept of love and mate selection, dating and courtship.
  3. Marriage customs: Traditional, Christian, and Islamic.
  4. Marital problems and their solutions:
  • Effective communication and problem-solving skills within marriage.
  • Sexual Adjustment in marriage
  • Compatibility of marriage partners
  • Childless marriages and adoption
  • Managing marriage finances
  • Relating with In-laws
  • Marriage and career
  1. Step-Parenting and mixed families.
  2. Child-rearing strategies.
  3. Putting the sparkle back into a flagging relationship
  4. Separation and divorce
  5. Recovering from divorce and avoiding making the same mistakes again.

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GPD 231Da:  ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARENESS AND MARKETING

Course Description: This course is designed to foster and develop entrepreneurship skills and attitudes among students and to help them develop positive attitudes towards self-employment. The course also offers the framework for the understanding of the entrepreneurial process and exposes students to the challenges, problems and issues faced by the entrepreneur. The course explores strategies, principles and competencies for setting up small to medium scale enterprises and nurturing them to success. The concept and process of marketing will be examined.

Objectives: The course exposes students to describe the business creation process and effective human resource management practices. Also students will examine effective marketing practices and personal entrepreneurship competencies (PECs) required of a successful entrepreneur.

Course Content: The course will cover the following:

  1. Nature and Development of Entrepreneurship.
  2. Business opportunity identification.
  3. Starting your own small business, franchising and buying out an existing business.
  4. New ventures and the Business Plan.
  5. Human Resource Management.
  6. Mobilising Resources for Enterprise Development.
  7. Managing Production Processes.
  8. Marketing Products and Services.
  9. Managing Enterprise Finances.
  10. Legal Aspects of Business
  11. Personal Entrepreneurship Competencies for survival and progress

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GPD 231Ed:  ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Course Description: Energy is very important to humankind and is, probably, our most valuable ‘commodity’. It is essential component of any development programme and a prerequisite of every commodity. However, the harnessing and utilization of energy are associated with worrying problems, depletion of some energy resources and environmental damage. Alternate energy resources that are inexhaustible and non-polluting must be explored and energy waste also needs to be reduced if not completely eliminated.

Objectives: The course is therefore intended to equip the students with knowledge about energy resources that are inexhaustible and non-polluting. It will also equip students with the relevant knowledge and skills for improving the efficiency of energy use.

Course Content: The course will cover the following:

  1. Overview of energy-related problems and possible solutions
  2. Energy demand and supply patterns in Ghana
  3. Solar energy- basic concepts and problems associated with the use of solar energy
  4. Biomass- direct combustion (urban waste, wood and agriculture waste)
  5. Biomass conversion- anaerobic fermentation to biogas (biogasification), fermentation to alcohol, and pyrolysis
  6. Energy efficiency- introduction, benefits of efficient use of energy, and barriers to energy efficiency in Ghana
  7. Energy-efficient architectural design and construction- Lighting, ventilation, air-conditioning, wiring, improved insulation, and hot water storage system
  8. Energy-saving habits and tips for the household sector- lighting, refrigeration, cooking, water heating, air-condition, ventilation, laundry, ironing, audio-visual appliances, energy conservation, policeman, and miscellaneous
  9. Introduction to energy audit in educational, residential and commercial buildings
  10. Energy saving in the transportation sector.

 

Reading List

  • Forsyth, T. (1999). Energy and environmental programme. Royal Institute of International Affairs.
  • Montgo-Mery, C. W. (1992). Environmental geology.
  • Schwaller, E. A. &Gilberti, F. A. (1999). Energy technology: Source of power. New

York: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

  • US Department of Energy (1995). Measuring energy efficiency in the USA economy. Washington DC: Department of Energy

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BRIGHT FRANCIS

BRIGHT FRANCIS ADOM is an ICT teacher at Ghana Education Service, Entrepreneur, Hard Working and I believe in giving out Accurate information to help others

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