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Case Studies on Moroccan Culture and Society


Admission requirements

There are no specific admission criteria. But, in view of the final attainment levels envisaged, minors are most suitable for third-year bachelor's students.


A course on social-scientific research of and in Morocco, with lectures by Moroccan and foreign academics in disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, history, and political science. Topics include ‘History’, ‘Civil Society and Politics’, ‘Cities and Countryside’, ‘Migration’, ‘Religion’ and, ‘Gender’. It includes a series of on-site visits, excursions to various sites of cultural interest and social organisations in the surroundings of Rabat-Casablanca, and a five-day fieldwork trip to a rural area. The course readings illustrate about a century of modern research on Moroccan culture and society and offer a good overview of the current state of knowledge. The excursions give an insight in the layout of modern Moroccan cities, Moroccan universities, libraries, the countryside, museums and the culture of memory, and contemporary art.

Course objectives

  • gaining in-depth understanding of Moroccan society

  • basic knowledge of social studies of Morocco

  • knowledge of the history and current state of knowledge of research on Moroccan culture and society


The timetable is available on the NIMAR website.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

  • Seminars

  • Excursions

Assessment method


  • Paper (60 %);

  • Written assignments (40 %).


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


If the final grade is below 5, the student has to revise the paper.

Exam review

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list



Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.


Drs. M.A. Maljers