Senegal: National Identity and the Arts
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Three recent semesters of college level French or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in French, as assessed by SIT.
In keeping with the program's theme, the director seeks to provide students with an understanding of Senegalese art as a window for viewing the country's rich, varied and evolving culture. Over the course of the semester, students learn not only to appreciate various art forms and what they represent, but they learn to create and perform them as well. Students also examine the complex issues that face the Senegalese today, socially, economically and politically. Through the National Identity and the Arts seminar, taught mainly in French, and the Intensive French study allow students to deepen their knowledge of French, while also gaining unique insight into Senegal by learning Wolof. The Field Study Seminar focuses on culturally appropriate, ethical field methodology in preparation for the Independent Study Project (ISP).
The following syllabi are either from a recent session of this program or for an upcoming session. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.
The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.
National Identity and the Arts Seminar - syllabus (PDF)
(AFRS 3000 / 6 credits / 90 class hours)
An interdisciplinary course conducted primarily in French, with required readings, examining the prominent role played by the performing and visual arts in shaping Senegalese society and identity. Resources utilized in the delivery of course content include Université Cheikh Anta Diop (University of Dakar), the Senegalese Ministry of Culture, the Media Centre of Dakar, and the Réseau Africain du Développement Integré (RADI).
French in the Senegalese Context - syllabus (PDF)
(FREN 2000 - 2500/ 3 credits / 45 class hours)
French in the Senegalese Context - syllabus (PDF)
(FREN 3000 - 3500/ 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Focusing on the rich and diverse Senegalese cultural and artistic production in French, this course enhances student’s oral proficiency through emphasis on skills of interaction with local artists and cultural workers, and immersion into everyday life. By studying post-colonial texts, students also learn about Senegalese oral culture and traditions, nation-building and the dynamics of contemporary Senegalese society. In support of these objectives, course content provides additional focus on fundamentals of spoken and written French to increase student capacity. Based on in-country evaluation, including oral proficiency testing, students are placed in the appropriate level, with additional language practice in homestays and on field visits.
Intensive Language Study: Beginning Wolof - syllabus (PDF)
(WOLO 1000 / 2 credits / 30 class hours)
Emphasis on beginning oral comprehension skills through classroom and field instruction. Language practice with host families during the homestays augments formal instruction.
Field Study Seminar - syllabus (PDF)
(ANTH 3500 / 2 credits / 30 class hours)
Conducted primarily in English, this is a course in the concepts of learning across cultures and from field experience. Introduction to the Independent Study Project. Material includes cross-cultural adaptation and skills building; project selection and refinement; appropriate methodologies; field study ethics and the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review Policy; developing contacts and finding resources; developing skills in observation and interviewing; gathering, organizing, and communicating data; maintaining a field journal.
Independent Study Project - syllabus (PDF)
(ISPR 3000 / 4 credits / 120 class hours)
Conducted in Dakar or in another approved location appropriate to the project. Sample topic areas: ethnomusicology and study of traditional instruments; role of dance in the ceremonies of the Serer; social meaning of traditional dress in modern Senegal; industrial and traditional fabric dying and design; griots (musicians, historians, royal advisors); Senegalese film as a cultural statement; the work of the Sorano National Theater; the artists of Gorée Island; cultural identity and religion; the Tama, the talking drum; women and craft production; contemporary Senegalese music.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Senegal, Dakar
Language Study: French, Wolof
Prerequisites: 3 semesters French Read more...
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