Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - SHSS Graduate Handbook

Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)

About

The Social Science Research Institute’s (SSRI) main mission is to coordinate, support, conduct, and disseminate research in the Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI). The SSRI, which is part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, works in close partnership with all AUI schools, research centers, and the larger AUI community.

The SSRI distinguishes itself from other social science research institutions in Morocco and in North Africa by building on AUI’s Mission as an English-medium, not-for-profit, state institution of higher education and research. AUI also benefits from extensive academic, administrative and financial autonomy. In addition to offering consultancy in Morocco, the SSRI aims to serve as a major research institute in Morocco with the resources and expertise to respond to bids and calls from international institutions. 

The SSRI has a strong focus on gender, political, international and development issues and contributes to current national and international initiatives and debates in all these fields. Social Sciences play a major role in better understanding the social and cultural factors in development and continue to significantly contribute to the improvement of development programs and policies.  In recent years, the focus has shifted to social phenomena through a combination of both qualitative and quantitative approaches, and social scientists have played a key role in this evolution.

 

History

In past years, SHSS faculty and students have conducted research on a number of development-related issues. These include: 

  • Public opinion survey preceding the legislative elections of 2007
  • Consultancy in preparation of a parliamentary bill pertaining to the issue of street begging as requested by the Ministry of Social Development, Family and Solidarity
  • The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) study on poverty alleviation and forest resources management
  • One project on urban planning of the town of Ifrane
  • Assessment of tourism in Essaouira
  • Impact assessment of the Hassan al-Dakhil Dam on the Tafilalt region.

 

Activities

ASSRI organizes national and international conferences, guest speaker series, roundtables and workshops. ASSRI provides a platform for the interaction between researchers from the different programs and schools at Al Akhawayn University and their colleagues from other national and international universities.  ASSRI also hosts visiting scholars whose research focus is on Morocco and North Africa.

 

Past Events

- National Conference on “the State of Social Sciences in Morocco”, May 23-24, 2014.

- International conference on “Smart Cities in North-Africa: Morocco leads the way”, June 9-10, 2014.

 

Upcoming events:

 

Units

Hillary Rodham Clinton Women Empowerment Center

Political and International Studies Research Unit

Human Development Studies Research Unit

 

Internship

For more information about Internships please click here to view the SHSS Internship Information Packet.

Capstone

 

Senior Capstone II

The Senior Capstone consists of a major, individual, independent research ori­ented exercise or project each student undertakes during his/her final semes­ter. The aim of the Senior Capstone is to give students the opportunity to use the research tools and analytical skills they have acquired in their undergradu­ate courses, and to work creatively with the theories and concepts relevant to their field of study. The emphasis in the Senior Capstone is on student initia­tive. It is up to each student to come up with a research project. Students are encouraged to choose projects of particular interest to them. Students enrolled in the Senior Capstone meet in seminar fashion in order to discuss methodology, data collection and analysis, sources, and other issues relevant to their projects, and to exchange ideas with invited speakers.

 

The Best SHSS Senior Capstone Award

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at Al Akhawayn University is pleased to announce a competition for the best Senior Capstone every year. All senior students in any of the School’s three programs (Communication Studies, Human Resources Development and International Studies) who successfully completed their capstone research either in the Fall or the Spring are eligible.

 

Award process

• Students wishing to have their capstone paper considered for this distinguished award should contact their respective program coordinators.

• SHSS faculty may nominate a student’s final capstone paper to their respective program coordinators as well.

• Each of the three SHSS programs will nominate one best capstone for the year from their graduating seniors.

A panel of representatives from each SHSS program will select the best SHSS capstone from the three best program capstone papers. The criteria for selection will be as follows:

 1. research that is new to the field

 2. publishable quality

 3. quality of written English

 4. clarity of theoretical framework and analysis

 5. Adequate and innovative use of methodology

 6. significance of outcomes, findings, or conclusions

Award time line

• Final capstone papers will be nominated to each program coordinator by third week of May.

• Each program will select its best capstone paper from those nominated by fourth week of May.

• The panel of program representatives will select the best SHSS capstone paper by the beginning of the second week of summer semester. The winner will be announced immediately after selection.

• The award will be made at a SHSS wide event, including all faculty and students.

• A picture of the winner with description of the award will be placed on the SHSS “wall of fame” in the main entrance of Building 8 where it will be on display for at least five years.

• A letter of recommendation will also be placed in the student’s academic record file kept by the University.

 

Awards

The Best SHSS Senior Capstone Award

 The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at Al Akhawayn University announces every year a competition for the best Senior Capstone Award. All senior students in any of the School’s three programs (Communication, Human Resource Development, International Studies) who successfully complete their capstone research in the Fall or the Spring are eligible.

Award process

  • Students wishing to have their capstone paper considered for this distinguished award should contact their respective program coordinator.
  • SHSS faculty may nominate a student’s final capstone paper to their respective program coordinator as well.
  • Each of the three SHSS programs will nominate one best capstone for the year from their graduating seniors.

A panel of representatives from each SHSS program will select the best SHSS capstone from the three best program capstone papers. The criteria for selection are as follows:

  1. research that is new to the field
  2. publishable quality
  3. quality of written English
  4. clarity of theoretical framework and analysis
  5. intelligent use of methodology
  6. significance of outcomes, findings, or conclusions

Award time line

  • Final capstone papers will be nominated to each program coordinator by the third week of May.
  • Each program will select its best capstone paper from those nominated by the last week of May.
  • The panel of program representatives will select the best SHSS capstone paper by the beginning of the second week of the summer semester. The winner will be announced immediately after selection.
  • The award will be made at a SHSS wide event, including all faculty and students, during the second week of June.
  • A picture of the winner with description of the award will be placed on the SHSS “wall of fame” in the main entrance of Building 8 where it will be on display for at least five years.
  • A certificate will also be placed in the student’s academic record file kept by the University.

 

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