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Case studies on Moroccan culture and society


Admission requirements

Having completed the first year of a BA programme.


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 urbanisation, gender, Islam, migration, social movements and media. 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 lay-out 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


Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

  • Seminars

  • Excursions

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours= 140 hours

  • Lectures: 16 hours

  • Excursions: 64 hours

  • Assignment(s): 60 hours

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.


Blackboard will be used for reading and study materials.

Reading list





Can only be followed as part of the minor in Rabat.