Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity

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Prerequisites:
There are no prerequisites; however, students with a background in French will find ample opportunity for French language practice, while also learning Arabic. Students with a background in Spanish will also have the opportunity to practice their Spanish language skills in northern Morocco.

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The Migration and Transnational Identity course examines the historical, economic, political, and cultural underpinnings of migration. The approach is informed by the reality that migration is more dynamic than static push-pull models or simplified economic or demographic interpretations can reflect. Rather, the course challenges the student to approach migration from a multidisciplinary perspective in which migration is only one constituent part of more complex economic, development, demographic, and cultural processes. The Research Methods and Ethics course addresses culturally appropriate, ethical field methodology in the context of migration issues, in preparation for the Independent Study Project (ISP). Study of Arabic opens windows into the culture and the program’s theme.

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.

Migration and Transnational Identity – syllabus (PDF)
(AFRS 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course provides the main context for students to engage academically, epistemologically, and intellectually with the theme of migration and mobility. Students utilize a multi-level and multi-disciplinary approach that considers core issues of local and global cultural politics, development policies and their implications on national economies, local communities, and human rights, all in the context of transnational mobility. The course facilitates the student’s development of critical perspectives capable of assimilating the reality of interconnectedness and transnationalization not only of problems, but more important, of viable alternatives. The course is divided into modules, which explore the following themes: culture and the Mediterranean space; sub-Saharan African immigrants in Morocco and trans-Saharan crossings and related issues of human rights and refugee status; Moroccan immigrants in Europe and development; gender and migration, and social movements and transnational identities. Throughout the course, readings and class discussions address issues of religion, race, gender, identity, undocumented and underage migrants, citizenship, and nationality.

Intensive Language Study: Arabic – syllabus (PDF)
(ARAB 1000–1500 / 6 credits / 90 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Arabic – syllabus (PDF)
(ARAB 2000–2500 / 6 credits / 90 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Arabic – syllabus (PDF)
(ARAB 3000–3500 / 6 credits / 90 class hours)
The course is designed to equip students with a proficiency level in spoken Modern Standard Arabic in order to engage in everyday communication. The course integrates the skills of reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. Students with prior study in Arabic will find reinforcement of Modern Standard Arabic through the media. Homestays, field excursions, and everyday interactions assist in language acquisition.

Research Methods and Ethics – syllabus (PDF)
(ANTH 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course is designed to provide firsthand and experiential knowledge about the richness and challenges of conducting field study in Morocco. It provides the necessary conceptual and methodological thread that enables the student to learn from experience, to apply the knowledge and skills gained in language study and the thematic course, and to prepare to undertake field study in Morocco in strict observance of research procedure involving human subjects and the regulatory ethical norms defined by the Institutional Review Board. At the end of the course, the student should have the cultural understanding and the methodological tools to successfully complete an Independent Study Project. The course is also designed to answer specific concerns that research on migration generally raises. Migration involves minors, undocumented migrants in transit, friends and families of victims of clandestine migrants, policy makers, and international organizations. The lectures address issues that pertain to research methods, confidentiality and anonymity of informants, data gathering and interviewing, and safety and migrant psychology. Individual meetings are scheduled throughout the course to address research objectives and expectations of each student.

Independent Study Project – syllabus (PDF)
(ISPR 3000 / 4 credits / 120 class hours)
Students work closely with their academic director and a local advisor to design and build  their Independent Study Project (ISP). Sample topic areas: creating a common culture among Moroccans and sub-Saharan Africans through Gnawa music; the relationship between the Kingdom of Morocco and its residents abroad; the incorporation of migration into death experiences within and beyond Morocco; the consequences of irregular migration on racial perceptions; the spiritual, geographical, and musical origins of flamenco in the Maghreb; and unpacking the social, cultural, and historical aspects of Moroccan migration.


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Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Rabat

Language Study: Arabic

Prerequisites: None; however, students with a background in French or Spanish will have opportunities for French/Spanish language practice while also learning Arabic. Read more...

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