SUNY Canton


Study Abroad - Senegal

Introduction to Senegal: Contemporary Culture and French Conversation

Location (city): Dakar, Senegal

Program Description:

This course provides students with the unique opportunity to study Senegalese culture and practice French conversation in Dakar, Senegal. In Dakar, students live with host families and are truly immersed in Senegalese culture and the French language while also building on their French conversation skills during daily culture lessons and French discussions. The course gives a background of Senegal’s history but primarily focuses on topics in contemporary Senegalese culture, including the Wolofization of Senegalese society, the unique religious practices of Senegal, the changing role of women and the family, and the presence of rap in Senegalese politics. In addition, this course investigates the French influence on Senegalese culture and indigenous languages. The coursework is enriched with excursions to the French Cultural Center in downtown Dakar, Toubab Diallo (an artist colony and fishing village), Touba (an Islamic holy city and base of the Mouride Brotherhood), Gorée Island (a former slave trading post and home of The Women’s Museum), and L’Empire des Enfants (a shelter for street children). The course concludes with a three-day service learning project based on the student’s interests or major. Possible service learning experiences include, but are not limited to, volunteering in a school, orphanage, microfinance NGO, public health NGO, or visiting a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Senegal.

Languages of Instruction: French and English

Admissions Criteria: Sophomores and above--30 earned credits or more with 2.75 cumulative GPA

Undergraduate Credits: 4

Term: Winter

2015 Dates: Sunday, December 27, 2015 to Saturday, January 16, 2016

Preferred Deadline: October 1, 2015

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