MSID—International Development in Senegal

MSID—International Development in Senegal — Full Course List

Fall or Spring Semester Curriculum

The semester courses are outlined below along with sample syllabi translated into English. The updated semester course packet in French is also available. All classes are with program participants and are taught by local faculty. Students select either French language or Wolof as their language course. Through the coursework and the internship or research project, you have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the complex and diverse nature of development as realized in your MSID country. All courses are taught in French (except the Global Identity course).

French majors and minors who need to have their internship or research project conducted in French (not Wolof) should be prepared to remain in Dakar during the internship/research phase and should clarify this on the Internship and Academic Information Form that is completed as part of the acceptance process. These students will also enroll in the French course SNGL 3015 or SNGL 3016 rather than the Wolof course.

In addition to the formal French course listed below, an informal advanced French conversation class is offered weekly and incorporated into the Country Analysis course to enable you to strengthen your grammar and communication skills.

Beginning Wolof

SNGL 1101

Fall or Spring Semester

4 Credits

Focus on practical skills while emphasizing conversation and vocabulary building.

Syllabus for Beginning Wolof (pdf) - English translation

Intermediate Wolof

SNGL 3101

Fall or Spring Semester

4 Credits

Focus on intermediate language skills including conversation, reading, and vocabulary development.

(Syllabus tailored to individual needs)

Advanced Wolof

SNGL 3102

Fall or Spring Semester

4 Credits

Focus on more advanced conversation, reading, and vocabulary.

(Syllabus tailored to individual needs)

Advanced French I

SNGL 3015

Fall or Spring Semester

4 Credits

Focus on advanced practical skills while emphasizing conversation and vocabulary building.

Syllabus for Advanced French 1 (pdf)

Advanced French II

SNGL 3016

Fall or Spring Semester

4 Credits

Focus on advanced practical skills while emphasizing conversation and vocabulary building.

Syllabus

Advanced Language through Current Events

SNGL 3201

Fall or Spring Semester

4 Credits

Focus on advanced practical skills while emphasizing conversation and vocabulary building through discussion of current events.

Syllabus

Reading and Writing through Current Events

SNGL 3202

Fall or Spring Semester

4 Credits

Focus on advanced practical skills while emphasizing reading and writing through the analysis of works by critical Senegalese authors.

Syllabus

International Development: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Practice

MSID 4001

Fall or Spring Semester

4 credits

Explore a wide variety of perspectives on international development, with the host country as a case study. This course begins with 20 hours of common discussion on international development. The remaining course is divided into sections, and you select from the following sections in order to prepare for your internship or research project.  There are also 12 hours dedicated to research protocol for all students.

International Development:  (Syllabus in French.  Syllabus - English translation)

Research Protocol:  (Syllabus - English translation)

Tracks:

  • Arts and Cultural Studies (includes literature) (Syllabus- English translation)
  • Education and Literacy (Syllabus - English translation)
  • Entrepreneurship and Alternative Economies (Syllabus - English translation)
  • Public Health (Syllabus - English translation)
  • Social Service (poverty, homelessness, family welfare, housing). This section is combined with one of the sections above, depending on the MSID country. Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Social Science core and Civic Life and Ethics theme
  • Sustainability and the Environment  (Syllabus - English translation)

MSID Country Analysis

MSID 4002

Fall or Spring Semester

4 credits

This multi-disciplinary study of the MSID country emphasizes the social sciences and history, especially as they relate to development issues.  A complementary language module in the language not taken for credit (see above) allows students to build their language competency in two languages.  

(Syllabus - English translation)

(French conversation module)

(Wolof conversation module)

Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Social Science core and Global Perspective theme

Community Engagement in the Global South

MSID 4003

Fall or Spring Semester

4 credits

An internship or research project with a host-country development agency or project provides an unparalleled opportunity to study community characteristics, development strategies and problems, organizational structure and culture and cross-cultural communication issues. The length of the internship or research project is 6 weeks during the first semester. You typically spend approximately 25 to 30 hours each week at your internship or research site, although this may vary depending on the specific site and project. A list of sample past internships and research projects is available.

Written assignments help link experiences to theories and issues raised in the classroom. A program faculty member or the on-site director visits you at least once at your internship or research site during the internship/research period. At the end of each semester, you gather in the host city or a retreat site for a seminar, which helps integrate your experiences and newly acquired knowledge. Twelve contact hours of this course are incorporated into the classroom phase and provide specific training on research methodology to prepare students for their research or internship project.

(Syllabus - English translation)

Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Social Science core and Civic Life and Ethics theme

Academic Year Curriculum

Enroll in the 4 fall semester courses and continue spring semester with the following academic work. Sample syllabi in English are provided. The updated course packet is also available.

Topics: Case Studies in International Development

MSID 4004

Spring Semester

4 credits

Explore development issues as illustrated by students’ projects and organized in sections, such as Environment and Development and Health and Development. (Syllabus)

Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Social Science core and Global Perspectives theme

International Development Internship

MSID 4005

Spring Semester

4 credits

Engage in an extended internship with a non-governmental organization throughout spring semester in order to gain practical hands-on experience in a grassroots community setting.

(Syllabus)

Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Social Science core and Global Perspectives theme

Applied Field Methods

MSID 4006

Spring Semester

4 credits

Apply selected field research methods and analyze the practical, ethical and theoretical issues raised through small field assignments and individual research projects.

(Syllabus)

Liberal education requirement fulfilled: Civic Life and Ethics theme

MSID Directed Research

MSID 4007

Spring Semester

4 credits

In consultation with a local faculty member, develop an individualized research project. The research project allows you to work in depth on a project that is of particular interest to you.  

(Syllabus)

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 Visa Information

Deadline Extended

New application deadline: November 1st

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