Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required CIEE Language Courses
ARAB 1101 MORC
Intensive Moroccan Colloquial Arabic
This course occurs during the first two weeks of the program. It is designed to help students adjust to the local Moroccan dialect and assist them with their transition into Moroccan society. The course adopts a communicative methodology and introduces local spoken Arabic in a variety of authentic life situations, helping students develop immediate survival conversational competence. Role plays and simulations, group work with native speakers, and field based activities are used to increase students’ exposure to the target language. Contact hours: 50. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
ARAB 1001 MORC, Beginning Modern Standard Arabic I
ARAB 1002 MORC, Beginning Modern Standard Arabic II
ARAB 2001 MORC, Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I
ARAB 2002 MORC, Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II
ARAB 3001 MORC, Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I
ARAB 3002 MORC, Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II
These courses are offered at all levels, from beginning through advanced. The focus of the courses is on functional reading and writing for academic and professional communication purposes. The primary objectives are to help students learn the writing and phonetic systems of the Arabic language and develop a solid understanding of the academic functions of modern standard Arabic. The courses adopt an interactive and participatory methodology using various materials in authentic academic and professional communicative situations. Students are assessed on in-class work, homework, and a final examination. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
Required CIEE Core Course
AFST 3001 MORC
Contemporary Moroccan Society and Culture
This course introduces students to various aspects of Morocco’s multifaceted culture and contemporary society. It includes discussions of Moroccan history, politics, development, economics, education, gender issues, and popular culture. The course also examines Morocco’s role in the Arab world and ties to Europe, and includes a one-week module in a different Moroccan city, such as Fez or Marrakech, to help students gain additional insight into Moroccan society.
Elective CIEE Language Course
ARAB 1003 MORC, Beginning Moroccan Colloquial Arabic
ARAB 2003 MORC, Intermediate Moroccan Colloquial Arabic
ARAB 3003 MORC, Advanced Moroccan Colloquial Arabic
This course is designed to provide students additional training in Moroccan Colloquial Arabic. It is based on the intensive colloquial course that students take during the first two weeks of the program and helps students gain additional proficiency in the local spoken dialect. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 1 semester/45 quarter hours.
Elective CIEE Courses—in English
BUSI 3001 MORC/ECON 3001 MORC
Business and Economic Issues in the Arab World
A vast geopolitical entity ranging from the Euphrates to the Atlantic Ocean, the “Arab World” hosts a wide range of population diversity at the religious, ethnic, and linguistic levels. In this course, students examine the roots and reasons that the Arab states have not been able to become a more productive group economically and have remained politically autocratic. The course focuses on the economy of the Arab countries prior to independence, post-independence economic development, and nation building. Specific attention is given to agrarian reforms, agricultural revolutions, and food shortages. Case studies are utilized to address such issues as industrialization performance and constraints, including a close look at oil, Arab investments around the world, debt in the Arab world, demography and unemployment, and both Euro-Arab and American-Arab economic relations.
GEND 3001 MORC
Gender Issues in Morocco
This course is designed to introduce students to questions related to gender in Morocco. It examines the roles that gender dynamics play in politics, education, the media, as well as in everyday life. Students explore and discuss the various issues through readings, fieldwork, observations, and research. Students also watch movies/videos, visit associations, talk to NGO activists, and communicate with Moroccan students.
INSH 3003 MORC
(The internship is available to academic year students in their second semester only.)
With permission from their home institution, academic year students may undertake an internship for credit while in Rabat. Internships are typically arranged with local NGOs and private institutions in the areas of international and local community development, education, social welfare, women’s rights and political participation, and environmental protection. Students must submit a clear statement of purpose, including specific areas of interest and a résumé. Upon receipt of the approved plan, the Resident Director explores internship placements and meets with the student and the organization director to work out specific details of the student’s internship. Students meet regularly with an internship supervisor, maintain a journal, submit field reports, and present a final research paper that uses their experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in the region.
LITT 3001 MORC
Modern Moroccan Literature: Reflections of Social, Economic, and Political Issues
This course invites students to reflect on the ways modern Moroccan literature engages with the changing socio-economic and political conditions of the country and constitutes an important site of struggle for its practitioners. It pays particular attention to the heterogeneity of this literature, as well as to its ideological underpinnings and the textual politics it entails. Special attention is given to the construction of the other, mysticism and religion, gender politics, identity politics, modernity, the politics of memory, Western presence, and the language question.
RELI 3001 MORC
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the major issues in the study of the Koran. It uses a comparative and interpretive approach through English readings to examine the canons of critical Arabic discourse. Specific attention is given to the structure and language of the Koran; the historical environment that helped to create the Koran; comparisons of the Koran, the Torah, and the Bible; Koranic law; and women in the Koran.
Elective CIEE Courses—in French
AFST 3002 MORC
Race and Ethnicity in Morocco
Ideas of race and ethnicity refer mainly to the classification of people and groups. Within the social sciences, anthropology especially, the concept of race seems to be discussed less and less, while questions of ethnicity are increasing. The Greeks were the first to distinguish between ethos and demos. The concept of ethnicity refers not only to the existence of ethnic groups, but also to the complex social relations between these groups, considered by others as culturally distinct. In this course, students approach the study of ethnicity by examining how ethnic groups define their differences and distinctions through contact with others. Students study important theories of race and ethnicity and analyze these theories through case studies. The course also examines how anthropologists, nationalists, intellectuals, and amazighs (Berber) in Morocco view race and ethnicity. Instructor: Naïma Chilhaoui
LITT 3002 MORC
Modern Moroccan Literature: Reflections of Social, Economic, and Political Issues
This course invites students with advanced French skills to reflect on the ways modern Moroccan literature engages with the changing socio-economic and political conditions of the country and constitutes an important site of struggle for its practitioners. It pays particular attention to the heterogeneity of this literature, as well as to its ideological underpinnings and the textual politics it entails. Special attention is given to the construction of the other, mysticism and religion, gender politics, identity politics, modernity, the politics of memory, Western presence, and the language question. Students enrolled in LITT 3001 MORC may not take this course.
POLI 3001 MORC/HIST 3001 MORC
Morocco, Northern Africa, and France: Political and Historical Perspectives
This course takes a comprehensive approach to analysis of the historical relationships between Morocco, Northern Africa, and France. It examines the historical weaknesses inherent in Morocco’s relationship with its neighbors and France, and the stages of colonization in Northern Africa. The colonization and annexation of Algeria by France, imperialism in Northern Africa, and the unavoidable reality of Morocco’s colonization are addressed in detail. Additional topics include Morocco’s struggle for independence, national movements, and armed resistance. The course also includes discussion of the current issues impacting Morocco, other Northern Africa nations, and the West. Instructor: Najib Mouhtadi
POLI 3002 MORC/HIST 3002 MORC
Arab Political Thought: Contemporary Issues and Historic Milestones
This course provides a historical depth to the major issues of contemporary Arab thought and sheds light on such notions that are wrapped in religion and may be misunderstood in the West. This historical undertaking enables students to better understand the current political situation including such complex notions as Islamism, fundamentalism, and the shock of cultures. In the second part of the course, students explore the reality of today’s Morocco and its ability to adapt successfully to modernity while keeping components of its traditions intact. Additional topics include the status of women, Sharia and democracy, Arabism, and the Moroccan political system.
POLI 3003: The Arab Spring and the Birth of the Arab Citizen
Some political and social scientists hold the assumptions according to which the Middle East and North Africa are an exception in their resistance to global democratization changes. Their explanation hinges on the presupposition that Arab people would accept authoritarianism in return for political stability, economic growth, and social well-being. The Arab Spring has come to refute this long-held assumption that there was in Arab countries actually nothing inherently adverse to democratization.
This course principally tackles this and other non scientific conclusions. Besides, it considers the emerging citizenship in the context of the Arab Spring as promises of democratization under the recent social and political changes which affected the MENA region. In this regard, the course will, on the one hand, explore the reasons and the conditions of the upheavals in the Arab World and, on other hand, will starve to explain the possibility of the “Birth of an Arab Citizen” free from any political submission. Also, it will analyze the new status and role of Islam as a political and social driving force.
An integral part of understanding Moroccan culture is traveling outside of Rabat and it’s surrounding areas. A country of vast differences, students have the opportunity to travel on CIEE excursions to discover both touristic sites as well as rural areas.
Excursions are linked to classroom readings and lectures enhancing students’ visit and experience. Learning about the history of Amazigh language and culture in class followed by a visit to an Amazigh village and guest house deepen the understanding of Morocco, its people and gives greater meaning to classroom lessons.
Each semester there are at least three overnight trips as well as day trips.