Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco

Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco — Full Course List

Courses

Options include: language courses, topics courses in English, topics courses in Arabic

Arabic Language Courses

Fall & Spring Semesters, Summer 6-week Courses

Accelerated Colloquial Moroccan Arabic I

MRCO 1301

Fall, Spring & Summer

6 credits

Providing a sound basis for the development of oral/aural skills in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic. This course is for students with no prior background in Arabic. Curriculum includes training in Arabic script. Empowers students to function in a wide variety of day-to-day situations with Moroccans. No language prerequisite. We recommend taking this course in the first 6-week term.

Link to Syllabus MRCO 1301 (pdf)

Accelerated Colloquial Moroccan Arabic II

MRCO 2301

Fall, Spring & Summer

6 credits

This course further expands your vocabulary base to permit reading of increasingly authentic texts from newspapers, journals and other sources such as Al-Kitaab Al-Assasi, while introducing controlled writing assignments. It will focus on listening comprehension and reading to facilitate interactive conversations on complex subjects. Prerequisite of Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic II. For students that have completed three semesters of Arabic language.

Link to Syllabus for MRCO 2301 (pdf)

Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic I

MRCO 1701

Fall, Spring & Summer

6 credits

An entry-level course that uses a student-centered approach to introduce basic grammatical structures and sound patterns of Arabic, with attention to mastery of script, pronunciation, and listening comprehension. No language prerequisite. Perfect for complete beginners or students with 1-2 semesters of Arabic language background. This course is equivalent to ALIF's MSA 100/100x.

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic II

MRCO 2701

Fall, Spring & Summer

6 credits

This course aims to expand vocabulary and further develop the 4 skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Lessons focus on reading comprehension and introducing more complex grammatical structures. Prerequisite of Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic I. For students with 3–4 semesters of Arabic language background. This course is equivalent to ALIF's MSA 200.

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic III

MRCO 3701

Fall, Spring & Summer

6 credits

This course further expands your vocabulary base to permit reading of increasingly authentic texts from newspapers, journals and other sources such as Al-Kitaab Al-Assasi, while introducing controlled writing assignments. It will focus on listening comprehension and reading to facilitate interactive conversations on complex subjects. Prerequisite of Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic II. For students with 4-5 semesters of Arabic language background. This course is equivalent to ALIF's MSA 300.

Link to Syllabus (pdf) 

Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic IV

MRCO 3702

Fall, Spring & Summer

6 credits

This course will prepare you for independent study in MSA focusing on stylistic devices, vocabulary refinement, and communication skills. This course also makes use of additional texts from various sources in order to reinforce your ability to read and comprehend complex writings. Prerequisite of Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic III. For students with 5–6 semesters of Arabic language background. This course is equivalent to ALIF's MSA 400.

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic V

MRCO 3901

Fall, Spring & Summer

6 credits

This course will further develop skills learned in Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic. It is ideal for scholars wishing to hone their ability to comprehend Arabic university lectures and to express themselves on technical subjects in speech and in writing. Prerequisite of Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic IV. For students that have completed 6-7 semesters of Arabic language. This course is equivalent to ALIF's MSA 500.

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic VI

MRCO 3902

Fall, Spring & Summer

6 credits

Focused on stylistic aspects of different literary genres, this course uses a sampling of authentic texts drawn from both contemporary and classical sources and involves substantial writing assignments. Prerequisite of Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic V. For students with 7-8 semesters of Arabic language background. For the most advanced students. This course is equivalent to ALIF's MSA 600.

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic VII

MRCO 3903

Fall, Spring & Summer

6 credits

This course will be a continuation of the skills learned in Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic VI.  Prerequisite of Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic VI. For students with over eight semesters of Arabic language background. For the most advanced students. This course is equivalent to ALIF's MSA 700.

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

 

Summer 9-week Courses

These courses allow for 2 semesters of language progress.

Intensive Beginning Modern Standard Arabic

MRCO 1801

Summer 9-week

10 credits

This course covers the material presented in MSA 100 & 200

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

 

Intensive Low Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic

MRCO 2801

Summer 9-week

10 credits

This course covers the material presented in MSA 200 & 300

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

 

Intensive Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic

MRCO 3801

Summer 9-week

10 credits

This course covers the material presented in MSA 300 & 400

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

 

Intensive High Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic

MRCO 3802

Summer 9-week

10 credits

This course covers the material presented in MSA 500 & 600

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

 

Intensive Advanced Modern Standard Arabic

MRCO 3804

Summer 9-week

10 credits

This course covers the material presented in MSA 600 & 700

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

 

Topics Courses—Taught in English

These courses are offered in English exclusively to program participants. 

Islam: Past and Present

MRCO 3013

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course will examine Islam and its influence in Morocco. Students will study Islam's historical roots and contemporary manifestations through a discussion of historical works, literature, and film. The course will provide a perspective on the different ways Islam is realized in Moroccan life including religion, customs, and politics. It will also address the Moroccan perception of Islam and its representation in the West. Taught in English. No prerequisite. Minimum of 3 students required to offer this course.

Approved for Historical and Global Perspectives theme

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

Morocco: Changes and Cultural Identities

MRCO 3014

Fall & Spring

3 credits

The course examines the major social, cultural, political, and human rights transformations in Morocco over the last four decades, stressing the undergoing tensions between the secular liberals and conservatives (especially Islamists) across gender, religion, language, and sexual politics. Taught in English. No prerequisite. Minimum of 3 students required to offer this course.

Approved for Civic Life & Ethics core and Global Perspectives theme

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

Morocco in Context (REQUIRED)

MRCO 3599

Fall, Spring & Summer

1 Credit 

Through weekly class meetings, short reflective papers, and short oral presentations, students will reflect upon and understand their experiences in Moroccan society.  Students who select the Directed Research option will take this required course as part of their research course hours.

Approved for Social Science and Global Perspectives theme

Syllabus (pdf)

Morocco in Context II: Internship

MRCO 3600

Spring (academic year students only)

3 credits

Academic year students can participate in an extended internship experience during spring semester. Available only to academic year students.

Syllabus (pdf)

Directed Research

MRCO 3993

Fall & Spring

3 credits

Semester-only students enroll in the required Morocco in Context course and pursue additional hours of directed research with a designated program faculty mentor for a total of 3 credits. Keep in mind that this results in a higher total credit load for the semester.  Academic year students can pursue a directed research project instead of an internship during spring semester.  Possible topics include:

•Islam: traditional and modern practices in Morocco

•diverse communities in Morocco

•changing role of women's rights and identities

•local market economy and the role of the Medina

•historic and modern music in Morocco

•contemporary Moroccan authors and Moroccan identity

•Berber culture and traditions in Morocco

Approved for Global Perspectives theme

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

 

Optional Course

Global Identity

OLPD 3303

Fall & Spring 

1 Credit

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals.  This course is offered for an additional fee.

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

Topics Courses—Taught in Arabic

Advanced Arabic students can substitute one of the courses below in place of their second Arabic language course

Introduction to the Arabic Newspaper

MRCO 3005

Fall, Spring & Summer

5 Credits or 3 Credits (Sum)

In this course, you will be exposed to basic newspaper vocabulary and structure starting with analysis of headlines. Prerequisite of Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic III. This course is taught in Arabic and may not be available to all students each semester due to ALIF course timetables.

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

Media Arabic

MRCO 3006

Fall, Spring & Summer

5 Credits or 3 Credits (Sum)

This course seeks to build a media vocabulary sufficient for you to grasp the theme of a newspaper article or news broadcast with minimal intervention of the dictionary. Includes graded newspaper readings from Middle Eastern dailies and taped material from Moroccan television and radio. Student will have typically completed 6 semesters of Arabic (prerequisite of Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic III). This course is taught in Arabic and may not be available to all students each semester due to ALIF course timetables.

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

Contemporary Maghrebi Literature

MRCO 3010

Fall, Spring & Summer

5 Credits or 3 Credits (Sum)

This course is a survey of modern Arabic literature by major North African authors focusing on the short-story genre with discussion of the cultural underpinnings of this literature as well as schools of criticism dealing with the authors in question. Knowledge of French and Maghrebi dialects is helpful but not obligatory. This course is taught in Arabic and may not be available to all students each semester due to ALIF course timetables.

Approved for Literature core and Global Perspectives theme

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

Islamic Texts I

MRCO 3011

Fall, Spring & Summer

5 Credits or 3 Credits (Sum)

This course serves as an introduction to the Quran and the sciences related to it. Includes a survey of the history of the revelation (asbab at-tanzil) and compilation (tadwin) of the Quran, principles of correct recitation (tajwid), and discussion of exegesis (tafsir). This course is taught in Arabic and may not be available to all students each semester due to ALIF course timetables.

Approved for Arts & Humanities and Global Perspectives theme

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

Islamic Texts II

MRCO 3012

Fall, Spring & Summer

5 Credits or 3 Credits (Sum)

This course serves as a broad introduction to the study of hadith, including historical backgrounds on the major compilations, and a broad overview of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) focusing on the four main schools (madhahib) of Sunni law. Authentic Islamic manuscripts are used as central texts, and emphasis is placed on stylistic aspects and essential terminology. This course is taught in Arabic and may not be available to all students each semester due to ALIF course timetables.

Approved for Arts & Humanities and Global Perspectives theme.

Link to Syllabus (pdf)

 

 

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I-UROP Scholarship

University of Minnesota students participating in a research project on this program may be eligible for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship