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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 and humanities 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, Amazigh Culture and Arts, Cities and Countryside, Migration, Religion, and Gender. It also offers 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 cover around a century of modern research on Moroccan culture and society and give a good overview of the current literature on Morocco. 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.

  • Acquiring basic knowledge of social studies, the history and the current state of research on Morocco.

  • Linking concepts and theories to concrete case studies.

  • Developing generic skills including research, analysis, critical thinking and academic writing.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

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.



Important: this course is taught at NIMAR in Rabat, Morocco. Minors