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.

Syllabus for Accelerated Colloquial Moroccan Arabic I (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.

Syllabus for Accelerated Colloquial Moroccan Arabic II (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.

Syllabus for Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic I (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.

Syllabus for Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic II (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.

Syllabus for Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic III (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.

Syllabus for Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic IV (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.

Syllabus for Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic V (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.

Syllabus for Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic VI (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.

Syllabus for Accelerated Modern Standard Arabic VII (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

Syllabus for Intensive Beginning Modern Standard Arabic (PDF)

 

Intensive Low Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic

MRCO 2801

Summer 9-week

10 credits

This course covers the material presented in MSA 200 & 300

Syllabus for Intensive Low Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic (PDF)

 

Intensive Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic

MRCO 3801

Summer 9-week

10 credits

This course covers the material presented in MSA 300 & 400

Syllabus for Intensive Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic (PDF)

 

Intensive High Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic

MRCO 3802

Summer 9-week

10 credits

This course covers the material presented in MSA 500 & 600

Syllabus for Intensive High Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic (PDF)

 

Intensive Advanced Modern Standard Arabic

MRCO 3804

Summer 9-week

10 credits

This course covers the material presented in MSA 600 & 700

Syllabus for Intensive Advanced Modern Standard Arabic (PDF)

 

Topics Courses—Taught in English

These courses are offered in English exclusively to program participants. 

Islam: Past & 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

Syllabus for Islam: Past & Present (PDF)

Morocco: Changes & 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

Syllabus for Morocco: Changes & Cultural Identities (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 for Morocco in Context (PDF)

Internship in Fez

FOST 3XXX

Spring (academic year students only)

3 credits

Academic year students can participate in an internship experience during spring semester or complete a Directed Research project. Available only to academic year students.

Syllabus for Internship in Fez (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 in Morocco
  • 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
  • Moroccan youth and identity
  • Fes: urban life and mobility
  • Moroccan media and social change
  • Moroccan educational system
  • Food production and climate change in Morocco

Approved for Global Perspectives theme

Syllabus for Directed Research (PDF)

 

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.

Syllabus for Introduction to the Arabic Newspaper (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.

Syllabus for Media Arabic (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

Syllabus for Contemporary Maghrebi Literature (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

Syllabus for Islamic Texts I (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.

Syllabus for Islamic Texts II (PDF)

 

 

Global Identity—Optional Online Course

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit 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. There is an additional cost for this course.

Program Handbook Program Orientation

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