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Moroccan Culture and Society


Admission requirements

Entry requirements for students in the BA Midden-Oostenstudies (tracks Arabic and Modern Middle East)
Propedeutic exam and 15 EC trackspecific courses (BA 2/1st semester).


A course on social-scientific and humanities research of and in Morocco, with lectures by Moroccan and foreign academics in disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, history, and political science. Topics include History, Civil Society and Politics, Amazigh Culture and Arts, Cities and Countryside, Migration, Religion, and Gender. The course readings cover around a century of modern research on Moroccan culture and society and give a good overview of the current literature on Morocco.

Course objectives

  • Gaining in-depth understanding of Moroccan society.

  • Acquiring basic knowledge of social studies, the history and the current state of research on Morocco.

  • Linking concepts and theories to concrete case studies.

  • Developing generic skills including research, analysis, critical thinking, and academic writing.


The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Attendance is not obligatory for lectures. The conveners do not need to be informed in case of missed classes. Information and knowledge provided in the lectures greatly contribute to the subsequent courses of the programme. In order to pass the course, students are strongly advised to attend all sessions.

Assessment method

Academic integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. It is assumed that students' work is their own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations). Students may not substantially reuse any work they have previously submitted in this or other courses. Minor overlap with previous work is allowed as long as it is duly noted in citation.
Assignment(s) must be submitted to Brightspace through Turnitin, so they can be checked for plagiarism. Submission via email is not accepted.


Paper 50%
Exam History of Morocco 20%
Amazigh Week 10%
Participation, reading notes 20%


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


If the final grade is below 5.5, the students have to rewrite the final paper based on feedback.

Inspection and feedback

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • Miller, S.G. (2013) A History of Modern Morocco. New York: Cambridge University Press.

  • Newcomb, R. (2017) Everyday Life in Global Morocco. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

  • Other readings will be announced on Brightspace


Enrolment through [My Studymap] ( is mandatory.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Vrieshof


This course is taught at NIMAR.