Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - SHSS Graduate Handbook

SSK

Study Skills (SSK)

SSK 1202 Critical Reading and Problem Solving - 2(2-0)
Pre-requisites: SSK1201, SSK 1203; AWT 1002 & ARD 1002 are pre- or co-requisites.

Critical Reading and Problem Solving (SSK1202) is a continuation of SSK 1201 and focuses on those elements of critical thinking and problem solving pertinent to students at the university level: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The main objective of the course is to enable students to understand and employ critical reading and problem solution skills in the context of a study skills program. One half of the course focuses on reading and seminar presentation where students learn to think and read critically, as well as take notes on reading texts. They also need to synthesize from academic reading materials in order to manage a seminar based on these readings. In the other half of the course, students learn to work effectively in groups both collaboratively and cooperatively. They evaluate their own work and the work of their peers. They analyze a problem solution topic and apply the learned knowledge to new contexts.
This is a University Core Curriculum course for the BBA, BAIS, BACS, BSHRD, BSGE, BSCSC, BSEMS


SSK 1204 Applied Independent Learning Methods - 2(2-0)
Pre-requisites: SSK1201, SSK1203, AWT 1002 & ARD 1002 are pre- or co-requisites.

SSK1204 is a content based course which aims to complement and enhance the academic skills acquired in previous CAD and LC courses. Students will demonstrate, through individual and team projects, a well developed understanding of study and research skills. Learning, research and study skills are expected to be practiced independently, without a great deal of instructor intervention. It is intended that SSK1204 will provide students the opportunity to research areas or topics which may not be available in other courses. To ensure skills are transferable, all sections of SSK1204 will use an interdisciplinary approach.
This is a University Core Curriculum course for the BBA, BAIS, BACS, BSHRD, BSGE, BSCSC, BSEMS


SSK 1205 Interpersonal Skills and Social Interaction - 2(2-0)
Pre- or co-requisite: ALS 1002

This course is designed to introduce the basics of human communication (principles of social interaction, perception, listening, self, culture, verbal and nonverbal messages, interpersonal skills, and conflict resolution) and the use of effective communication skills in university life, in both academic and nonacademic contexts. Interactive exercises will be utilized to help students master both the theory and the practice of interpersonal communication skills. Exercises will include interpersonal communication skills, self-tests, interactive dyad and group discussions, and critical thinking written assignments. The course will continuously emphasize the importance of cultural influences and variations in communication.


SSK 1211: Strategic Learning for University Success
Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least three LC level 1 courses:
This course introduces the basic study skills required by students to succeed at university.  Students will learn about academic expectations at university.  They will be trained to take responsibility for their own learning through tasks that require them to reflect on as well as evaluate their current study habits and implement new strategies to improve their learning. Students will also develop the ability to interact effectively with their professors and peers, structure their time and their work, navigate the LAN and use on-line learning resources.  They will begin to learn how to set realistic short and long term goals as well as evaluate the effectiveness of their strategies in achieving their goals.


SSK 1212: Information Literacy Skills (Offered in Spring 2009)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of SSK 1211 and all LC level 2 courses.

In this second stage of the C.A.D. three-course sequence, students will be educated in the foundations of information literacy.  Information Literacy Skills will introduce students to the research and communication skills necessary to succeed in a merit-based educational system.  They will learn to locate, evaluate, use and present information legally and efficiently. Students will begin to develop critical reading and analytical skills through discussion and reflection of texts related to the new information society as well as through an individualized research project. They will learn and practice the principles of effective academic research, and demonstrate their mastery in a final writing project. Information Literacy Skills will also teach students to communicate effectively in online, classroom and group contexts.


SSK 1213: Critical Thinking and Analysis Skills (Offered in Summer 2009)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of SSK 1212 and ENG 1301.

This course enables students to develop an understanding of the critical thinking process, with a view to improving their own reasoning skills. Students will be introduced to key concepts used in critical thinking, shown how to examine the evidence for a claim, and trained to analyze different types of evidence, including personal experience, appeal to authority, and statistical arguments. In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to the principles of knowledge, reasoning, and evidence and asked to respond in writing to the issues raised in the readings. In the second part, students learn how to work effectively in groups. They select a topic relevant to the course theme and evaluate their own work and the work of their peers. In so doing, they will capitalize on the skills learned in SSK1212, such as choosing and narrowing a topic, locating books and periodical articles pertinent to their research, and integrating sources properly using APA style.

SSC

Social Sciences (SSC)

SSC 1310 Introduction to Anthropology 3(3-0)

This is an introduction to the principles and processes of anthropology. It focuses on cultural anthropology but includes material related to physical anthropology and linguistics. The main themes of anthropology (culture, adaptation, social integration) will be covered. Students will examine the implications of cultural system (social, economic, political, symbolic, religion) on the lives of men and women.

This is a University Core Curriculum Course for the BBA, BAIS, BACS, BSHRD, BSGE, BSCSC, BSEMS


SSC 2301 Arab Society 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: SOC 1301 or SSC 1310

This is an introduction to the study of the Arab World, both the Mashriq (Arab East) and the Maghrib (Arab West). It examines Arab Culture, the large number of shared practices and beliefs among all Arabs, as well as the cultural specifics of various regions within the Arab World. The main focus of the course deals with the contemporary issues of this vast region.

This is an optional course in the North African and Middle Eastern Studies Concentration for the BAIS


SSC 2302 Social Theory 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: SOC 1301 or SSC 1310

In-depth examination of the major strands of social theory, beginning with the founders, down to post-modernism and feminism, through structuralism and other schools that dominated 20th century social theory.

This is a required course in the International Cooperation and Development Concentration for the BAIS


SSC 2306/SSC 5306 Issues in Contemporary North Africa (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Pre-Requisite: Permission of Instructor

This course is a general survey of the major cultural, political, and social issues in contemporary North Africa with a special focus on Morocco. The purpose of the course is to give students an overall understanding of these issues in order for them to pursue points of their own interest. The course has a seminar format with presentations by both SHSS faculty and outside experts. Field trips are organized to complement the course and are counted as part of the course requirement.

Topics included: Berber Culture and Identity, Political Systems and Democratization, Political Islam, Popular Islam, Sufism, Rural Migration, Urban Development and Planning, Tourism and Development, Literacy, Gender Issues, Contemporary Music, Literature and Cinema.


SSC 2310 Development Policy 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: SOC 1301 or SSC 1310

The course is designed as a general introduction to the various theories that have been used in development from the early 1950s to the present day. The course will examine the ‘how and why’ of these various theories and why there has been a constant need to reassess these two issues. The reasons for the collapse of development schemes and even whole national policies have often been placed on ‘cultural factors’. The course will cover these cultural factors and look at how they have directly affected the new, current thinking in development, whether rural or urban.

This is an optional course in the International Cooperation and Development Concentration for the BAIS


SSC 2401 Social Statistics 4(3-2)
Pre-requisites: MTH 1300; MTH 1301, highly recommended

This course aims to equip students with the basic skills in statistics to understand and evaluate data produced in published sources. Topics include organizing data, percentile, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal curve, probability, correlation, regression analysis and nonparametric tests. The course will also include a weekly computer laboratory session.

This is a School Core Curriculum Course for the BAIS, BACS & BSHRD


SSC 3303 Research Methods 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: SOC 1301 or SSC 1310

This course introduces students to the stages of scientific research and to the basics of quantitative and qualitative research methodology. It includes instruction in experimental method; survey methods (observation, interview, and questionnaire); as well as field research and content analysis. Students conduct a number of practical exercises.

This is a School Core Curriculum Course for the BAIS, BACS & BSHRD


SSC 3405 Field Methods 4(4-0)
Pre-requisite: SOC 1301 or SSC 1310

This course introduces theoretical and practical techniques and method of fieldwork. The practical portion of this course will consist of specific projects to be carried out by students both on and off campus. The course carries 4 credits due to the number of practical exercices.

This is an optional course in the International Cooperation and Development Concentration for the BAIS


SSC 3311 Women and Economic Development 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: Junior Classification

The course introduces students to the main debates and concerns of women and development, examines the various economic activities of Arab women in rural and urban economies, in formal and informal sectors and considers crucial issues of women's access to land, property, income, technology and finance, as well as questions of the environment. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of existing national and international economic and developmental policies and their implications for Arab women.

This is an optional course in the International Cooperation and Development Concentration for the BAIS
This is an Elective in the Minor of Women and Development Studies for the BAIS


SSC 3312 Women and Society 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: Junior Classification

This course provides a sociological framework for examining women's diverse experiences in society, with a special focus on women in the Arab world. It looks at how major social institutions such as the family, education, religion and the labor market socialize women into a distinct set of roles and positions. It also addresses issues of particular relevance to women such as health and education.

This is an Elective in the Minor of Women and Development Studies for the BAIS


SSC 3313 Women and Politics 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: PSC 2301

This course surveys the involvement of women in political processes in various countries worldwide. Particular emphasis is on the role played by women in the Middle East and North Africa. As well as looking at issues related to political institutions, the course will look at demands made on the political system by women and the political impact of women's movements.

This is an optional course in the Political Science Concentration for the BAIS
This is an Elective in the Minor of Women and Development Studies for the BAIS


SSC 3321 Economic Development in the Middle East and North Africa 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: Junior Classification

The course examines the issue of development since the 1950s in North Africa and the Middle East. State policies and theories of development are studied in light of actual project implementation. Changes in the theoretical orientation towards development, the increasing role of NGOs, the rise of grass roots organizations, appropriate technology, appropriate development, and gender issues since the 1970s will be discussed. The course will bring the discussion from a general coverage of the region to the specifics of development implementation in Morocco.

This is an optional course in the International Cooperation and Development Concentration for the BAIS
This is an optional course in the North African and Middle Eastern Studies Concentration for the BAIS


SSC 3322 Political Anthropology 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: SOC 1301 or SSC 1310

This course will examine the variety of socio-political systems ranging from bands, tribes, chiefdoms, and states. These different political systems will be seen in relation to numerous types of social and economic systems. Such concepts as kinship, social status, income levels among others will be used to help analyze how these various political systems actually operate. The course will also deal with the multiple ranges of political realities in complex, multicultural settings like the Arab world where more than one political system may operate in peoples' lives.

This is an optional course in the Political Science Concentration for the BAIS


SSC 3330 Immigration to the United States 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: Junior Classification

This course surveys the immigrant experience in the United States. The causes and effects of the various immigration waves will be studied along with the evolution of legal frameworks encapsulating them. Cultural and social policies related to immigration along with the issues of assimilation, integration and bilingual education will be addressed.

This is an optional course in the American Studies Concentration for the BAIS


SSC 3331 Race Relations in the United States 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: Junior Classification

This course introduces students to the question of race in the United States. It will address how the government and society interact and interacted with minority groups in the United States. The course focuses on the leading minorities of the United States: Native Americans, African- Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans. The experiences and movements of each of these five communities are examined in light of ‘othering’, discrimination, struggle and hopes for eventual emancipation.

This is an optional course in the American Studies Concentration for the BAIS


SSC 3332 Crime and Punishment in the United States 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: Junior Classification

In this course, students will study the United States criminal justice system. The constitutional basis of the system will be contrasted with the realities that face the accused in court. Among the topics discussed will be the incarceration rate, the unequal application of the death penalty, the rights of the accused and public opinion towards crime.

This is an optional course in the American Studies Concentration for the BAIS


SSC 3340 Independent Study 3(3-0)
Pre-requisites: Junior Classification and approval of the Dean

Open to students wishing to pursue individual work under the supervision of a designated faculty member.


SSC 3399 Special Topics in International Cooperation and Development 3(3-0)

Specially scheduled courses on significant issues or topics relevant to the study of International Cooperation and Development.

This is an optional course in the International Cooperation and Development Concentration for the BAIS


SSC 4301 Social Change and Technological Development 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: Senior Classification

Technology and natural resources, population composition, ideology and social movements as change factors in cultural/social systems. Adaptation to planned versus uncontrolled changes. It addresses manifest and latent consequences to technological development as well as cultural systems and attitudes toward technological innovation and change.

This is an optional course in the International Cooperation and Development Concentration for the BAIS
This is an optional course in the European Studies Concentration for the BAIS
This is a Social Environment Concentration course for the BSHRD


SSC 4302 Senior Capstone 3(3-0)

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.

This is a School Core Curriculum Course for the BAIS, BACS & BSHRD


SSC 4310 Ethnicity and Minorities in Europe 3(3-0)

This course will cover the issues of ethnicity (ethno-linguistic groups) and other minorities in contemporary Europe. The course will look at groups who have advanced political claims based on ethnicity for autonomy or even independence as well as groups with no such political organization, but still see themselves as separate from the majority populations such as the Romany community. The course will also look at a number of recent immigrant communities that are now ‘integrated’ into Europe such as the Africans, Arabs, Kurds, Turks, Indians, and Pakistanis.

SPN

Spanish (SPN)

SPN 1201 Beginning Spanish I 2 (1-2)

A course targeted to those students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish Language. Basic grammar, reading and listening, oral and written exercises, role-plays, etc. are covered in the class. Special emphasis on communication and basic expressions for everyday situations.


SPN 1202 Beginning Spanish II 2 (1-2)
Prerequisite: SPN 1201 or instructor’s consent

Beginning Spanish II is meant for students with some previous knowledge of Spanish Language. Grammar, oral and written exercises, role-plays, etc. This course is designed to enable students to express ideas, wishes, instructions, etc. using present, pas and future tenses. Special attention is paid to accent, intonation and pronunciation. Reading for adapted books.


SPN 2203 Intermediate Spanish 2 (1-2)
Prerequisite: SPN 1202 or instructor’s consent

The course starts with a quick review of previous grammar and communicative skills, beginning with the «subjuntivo». This course will provide the student with communicative structures, linguistic nuances and expanded vocabulary to enable him/her to communicate in any field of everyday situations. Differences between Castellan Spanish and Latin American Spanish. Reading Spanish and Latin American Literature. Oral and written compositions at an intermediate level.


SPN 2210 Advanced Spanish 2 (1-2)
Registration by placement test only

An integrated course, at an advanced level, SPN 2210 will cover, among other things: grammar, linguistic and literary commentaries, reading of complete works of Spanish and Latin American authors, newspaper reviews, TV programs and debates, slang, jargon, discussion of current affairs, colloquial and idiomatic expressions.

SOC

Sociology (SOC)

SOC 1301 Principles of Sociology 3(3-0)

It focuses on the study of socialization and group interaction in diverse cultural/societal systems. The course examines the concept of society and social organization, including family, groups of reference, peers, minority groups, political systems, and the functioning of society. It also addresses the institutional supports of socialization, such as education, religion and social norms and values, as well as social dysfunction.

This is a University Core Curriculum Course for the BBA, BAIS, BACS, BSHRD, BSGE, BSCSC, BSEMS


SOC 2301 Demography and Socio-Cultural Ecology 3(3-0)
Pre-requisites: GEO 1301 and SOC 1301, or SSC 1310

Focuses on the initiation of students to the basic concepts in demography and an overview of data sources; an analysis of population in the light of demographic indicators (national, regional and local comparisons of birth rates, health, mortality, educational level and gender ratios); migration and urban spatial patterns and the demographic characteristics of populations and their impact on the physical environment.

This is an optional course in the International Cooperation and Development Concentration for the BAIS

PSY

PSY 1301 Introduction to Psychology 3(3-0)

An introductory survey of the major content areas of psychology emphasizing the scientific approach to understanding behavior and applications of psychological principles.

This is a University Core Curriculum Course for the BAIS, BACS, BSHRD, BSGE, BSCSC, BSEMS
This is a Human Resource Development Major Core for the BSHRD
This is a Communications Studies Major Core for the BACS


PSY 3302 Social Organizational Psychology 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: PSY 1301 or special permission

This course looks at the influences that people have on the attitudes, beliefs and behavior of others. It applies the theories of Social Psychology to the motivations and behavior of people within work organizations.
*PSY 3302 Social Psychology across Cultures is the equivalent of PSY3302 Social Organizational Psychology

This is a Human Development Concentration Course for the BSHRD
This is a Minor in Human Resource Development for Non-HRD Majors
This is a Communications Studies Major Core for the BACS


PSY 4301 Motivation and Stress in the Workplace 3(3-0)
Pre-requisite: PSY 1301

In this course, students are introduced to theories of motivation and conflicts. It covers material incentives, achievement motivation and success in the workplace and practical instruction on how to motivate employees. The course includes a specialized module on stress management: the nature of stress; what causes stress and how stress affects performance in the workplace; what are the moderators of stress and how they can be used to manage stress.

This is a Human Development Concentration Course for the BSHRD

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