International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987



Location: Morocco


While in the capitol city explore the beautiful white and blue buildings of the seaside neighborhood surrounding the city's Kasbah (fortress). Climb to the top for refreshing views of the Oued Bou Regreg Estuary and the endless Atlantic Ocean. Finally, stroll through the plaza of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Hassan Tower, Rabat's famous half-finished landmark.

Students will understand Rabat's central political and administrative role in Moroccan governance, and will be able to identify key names in dates in 20th century Moroccan political history (change of capital from 1912 to 1925, independence in 1956, etc).

Students will have an appreciation for the demands of the Moroccan people (freedom of the press, due process) associated with the so-called Arab Spring and the widespread call for democratic reforms.

Modern day Rabat and the 1989 Rabat described in Fleming's NYtimes article contains many similarities and differences. Students will compare and contrast the two Rabats in a discussion-style format, and decide which noticeable change is the most important or prevalent.
Students will also discuss how Rabat's port access has affected the city economically and culturally.

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