The Migration Studies Seminar (MSS) engages with 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 demogra
- Rabat, Morocco
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
- Explore the complex effects of migration on local communities, global politics, and transnational economies.
This program examines the factors driving internal and international migration particularly in Morocco and elsewhere in North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Students consider how human mobility is shaped by religion, security, youth culture, desertification, poverty, and other pressing issues and how mobility engenders transnational art and multilayered identities.
The program is based in Rabat, Morocco's academic, political, and cultural center. In Rabat, students receive thematic lectures and intensive language instruction in both Modern Standard Arabic and the Moroccan dialect. Learn more about the program’s coursework.
Excursions to northern and rural areas of Morocco, as well as to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, illuminate many different aspects of migration. Learn more about these excursions.
Students learn from Moroccan and European academics and policymakers, NGO and human rights activists, artists, and experts in the area of migration as it relates to law, international relations, and development.
The Migration Studies Seminar (MSS) engages with 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 seminar 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 Field Study Seminar addresses culturally appropriate, ethical field methodology in the context of migration issues, in preparation for the Independent Study Project (ISP). Study of darija (Moroccan Arabic) opens windows into the culture and the theme of the program.
Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.
- Setting Description:
- The Migration and Transnational Identities program examines the multifaceted factors—including historical, economic, political, and cultural forces—spurring migration with a particular focus on Morocco. Highlights Include: •Learning in Rabat's Historic Medina The SIT program is located at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning, housed in a beautiful, 19th century Moorish style riad in Rabat's centuries-old medina. Rabat's medina dates back to the 16th century when it was founded by Moorish refugees fleeing Spain after the fall of Granada. The Center is ideally situated near important cultural sites students often wish to explore including the 12th century Kasbah Oudayas and the Ville Nouvelle, established by the French colonial administration at the beginning of the 20th century. From the program base in Rabat, students begin thematic coursework, intensive language instruction in both Modern Standard Arabic and the Moroccan dialect, and their Field Study Seminar. Cultural immersi
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