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Arabic Studies


FREN 325/327 FRENCH/ENGLISH Cultural Journal in Morocco (3/2) 

(Current Spring, 2009)
Professor: Valérie Budig-Markin         

Morocco field experience plus weekly meetings at HSU in spring.

Field experience in Morocco: December 20 through January 17

Ask instructor about hour-by-hour instructional activities for instructor-supervised coursework in cultural journal studies.

  • During every day of the field experience in Morocco, students will record summaries of their cultural experiences in Morocco. Journals should include the following:
  1. Information from all cultural lectures at the Center for Cross-Cultural Learning;
  2. interesting facts about the city of Rabat;
  3. family life as perceived in the home stay experience;
  4. details about every site visited during the six-day immersion experience in Meknes, Volubilis, Fes, Erfoud, Merzouga, Midelt, Nkob, Marrakech and Essaouira, plus all cultural geography and other cultural issues discussed with instructors during the excursion.
  5. Journals should include religious holidays and any cultural performances to which students are invited while in Morocco.
  6. If students also studied the Arabic language in Rabat, their journals should also reflect upon that experience or the linguistic aspects of Moroccan culture.
  • A cultural journal is not a record of personal activities, attitudes or relationships. Its primary purpose is to record the details of multiple aspects of culture on a daily basis, at the moment when lectures, people, performances, places and their perceived cultural themes and implications are clear to the writer. 
  • Analysis or interpretations of cultural experiences can be useful, but it is important not to generalize about “a people,” compare your country and Morocco, or jump to conclusions about experiences. It takes time to understand another culture, and you will not be in a position to come to many conclusions.
  • Journals may optionally include mementos from the month spent in Morocco.
    (Journals will be returned, along with comments on a separate sheet of paper.)
HSU campus sessions Jan. 20 - March 13
  • Students will meet with the professor and Moroccan teaching assistant during campus class meetings to clarify format and content of journals and to discuss issues first experienced in Morocco and their wider implications.
  • Discussions will also center on interpretive issues of “writing culture”: point of view, the outsider’s perspective, history and History (the perspective of the conqueror), travel literature and fiction, subjectivity, oral and written testimony, and the anthropologist.
  • Assessment of this course is based on the completed journal (90%) and class participation (10%).