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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Morocco Regional Area Study

Semester: Spring
Date: Mid-January to mid-April
Offered: Every other academic year (odd years)
Program Focus: Country Study


Arabic 101, with a 3.0 minimum GPA in the course.                                  
Spring 2017
Program Leader:

Joann Geddes
Director of Academic English Studies
Ext. 7318

Spring 2015
Program Leader:

Pauls Toutonghi
Assistant Professor of English
Ext. 7404

Program Design:
This program focuses on the history, culture, social dynamics, and socio-economic institutions of Morocco. The course of study includes Modern Standard Arabic (prior to departure) and intensive Moroccan Arabic, as well as the diverse religious heritage of the region, Morocco’s distinctive architecture and urban landscape, colonial and post-colonial experiences, modernization and globalization, and women and gender relations. The program is located in Marrakesh and Fez with excursions other cities and to rural southern Morocco for field study. Students will live with host families.

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Requirements Fulfilled:
IS coursework fulfills the two-course International Studies Gen. Ed. Requirement

4 courses per semester/16 credits, plus 4 credits for Arabic 101 (taken Fall semester 2016)


FL 102 Moroccan Arabic:
This course provides an intensive introduction to Darija, the Moroccan dialect of Arabic. Four weeks intensive study followed by continued study at regular intensity. Initial focus on “survival” language skills to be followed by broader study of the language. Emphasis on speaking skills, supplemented by use of written Arabic.

IS 240 North African Social Movements:
This course explores the history and dynamics of various movements for social change in North Africa and the Middle East. We will survey a variety of such movements in and beyond Morocco, including patterns of both violent and non-violent political protest, international networks of social activism, and recent developments collectively labeled the “Arab Spring.” In addition to concerns for political liberalization and socio-economic justice, we will examine cultural expressions of dissent, and special attention will be paid to the role of ethnic and religious minority groups in such movements.

IS 241 Moroccan Modernity:
This course explores Moroccan society, culture and politics in contemporary global context. Lectures, discussions, and field trips will be led by a variety of Moroccan experts, supplemented by regular discussions with program leader. Emphasis will be placed on Morocco’s vibrant participation in the dynamics of post-colonial state formation, modernization, and globalization—and the ambivalent effects of this participation. Also includes exploration of the literary, visual, and musical arts and the religious communities of modern Morocco. Students will be encouraged to connect classroom activities to their ongoing experiences of living in Morocco. Reading and writing assignments, journals, presentations, independent study projects, and field exercises are used to promote and test multifaceted approaches to learning.

IS 242 Gender and Society in Morocco:
This course examines the multifaceted relationships between women and men in Moroccan society. Beyond considering how gender formation and relations have been mediated by historically dynamic Islamic ideologies and institutions, the course attends to numerous other factors that have shaped gender identity, performance, and hierarchy. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which gender intersects with other structures of identity formation and social life, such as ethnicity, class, and religion. Topics include: doctrinal norms and lived realities, language and gender, models of masculinity, Moroccan feminism and women’s rights, gender and international migration.


  • General Information

    Passport Details:
    You will be required to email a high-resolution, color scan of your passport to the Overseas Office within 30 days of being accepted into a program. We recommend that you apply for a passport as early as possible. For more info, visit our Passport Resources page.

    Visa fees and requirements: A visa is required for this program.  You will be notified when it is time to apply and our office has received all of the necessary supporting documents. 

    Please make an appointment with Student Health Service to get an updated list of immunizations that are recommended or mandatory for this program. You may also be required to submit various test results (HIV, chest x-rays, etc.) as a part of your visa application.

    Students will be required to show proof of health insurance with coverage for international travel, as per the Affordable Care Act. Lewis & Clark College will provide supplemental travel insurance coverage through iNext.

    Fees To Plan For:
    Fees for the following items are not included in the comprehensive program fee:
    Passport fees
    Required photographs
    Visa fees
    Immunizations and health exams
    Transportation to city of departure
    Post-program travel



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