The Department believes that, as a training institution for agriculture, and hence a corporate catalyst for sustainable community and national development, the University of Cape Coast in general and School of Agriculture in particular, need to respond to the challenge of community development and the professional development of its students hence graduates. Consequently, the Department has proposed this curriculum that will prepare graduates as change agents, who are capable of spurring on sustainable growth and development of the agricultural sector, its allied sectors, and communities. These graduates will provide the critical professional support base for all development initiatives and interventions at the community level.
The main goal of the BSc (Agricultural Extension and Community Development) Programme is to prepare graduates, who are competent learners, good communicators, system thinkers, problem analysts and solvers, and possess desirable leadership attributes and skills that will enable them conceptualize, plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate agricultural and related development programmes and projects at the community level.
The specific objectives of the programme are to:
- Provide students with the requisite knowledge base in agricultural extension and community development in response to current and emerging challenges in the fields of agriculture and community improvement,
- Equip students with up-to-date technical and human relation skills to enable them meet the challenges of the ever-increasing and complex issues in agriculture and community development,
- Develop students competencies in innovative thinking as agricultural and community development professionals in rural, peri-urban and urban settings, and
- Equip students with desirable attitudes, knowledge and skills for post-graduate training in agricultural extension and community development.