Morocco: Crossroads of Mediterranean Globalization
Summer 2017 | Rabat, Chefchaouen, Meknes, Tangier and Casablanca, Morocco
The mystique of Morocco lies in a centuries-old melding of cultures: Berber, Arab, African and European. Today, Morocco, on the northwest tip of Africa, just a ferry ride from Spain, continues to be a global crossroads that brings together diverse Mediterranean traditions. Study the rich cultures of Morocco, and its changing globalization patterns, from your base in Rabat, the cosmopolitan capital city, with excursions to Chefchaouen, Meknes, Tangier and Casablanca.
Impact of Globalization
Learn how globalization is reshaping economic and social constructs in Morocco, a politically stable country where Arabic and French are widely spoken. How do different communities in a pluralistic society adapt to (or resist) globalization? And how is this response influenced by economic policies, demographic changes and other factors? Contrast how globalization, as a general phenomenon, is experienced differently in Morocco and in the United States.
Migration and Identity
Consider globalization through the lens of human movement in and around Morocco. Why and where do individuals move? How are communities affected by emigration and immigration? Are the challenges (and solutions) different for political refugees versus economic migrants? Learn to think about globalization as a collective and an individual experience, with each person’s story shaped by the confluence of race, gender, class, religion, nationality and other factors.
Live with a host family, sharing meals and the ordinary routines of Moroccan life. Explore various communities, from villages to cities and diverse neighborhoods, including those of Jewish, Berber and sub-Saharan groups. Visit sites of historical and cultural significance as well as those of everyday importance: street markets, shopping centers, religious institutions. Observe the diversity of Morocco’s cultures and the different ways this diversity shapes the construction of identity.
Site Visits and Formal Meetings
Visit and speak with representatives of institutions at the intersection of globalization and human progress. See government in action at the Moroccan parliament, and tour an aid center where migrants receive job training and language classes to ease their transition. Extensive exposure to English-speaking university students and professors—through both formal lectures and social activities—provides a cross-cultural counterpoint to your own life as a U.S.-based university student.
Scholarly Reflection and Presentation
Explore course themes through assigned pre-departure readings, drawing from anthropology, economics, sociology, gender studies and Middle Eastern studies. Synthesize this knowledge with your on-site learning and experiences to identify a course-relevant topic on which your initial impressions have changed. Write a reflective paper and develop an oral or visual presentation; present your work to the Drew community in a public academic forum.