Dakar: June Short-Term

Cross-cultural connections and valuable exchanges for an engaging three weeks

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Dakar is a fascinating city, known for its harmonious blend of society despite stark differences such as ethnicity, race, and religion. As a new wave of identity and human migration spreads across the globe, how has Senegal handled these issues and debates? The Dakar: June Short-Term program takes a look at this question through the lens of environmental impact and separately, music.

Students follow one course, taught in English, over the three-week term. Guest speakers and site visits complement classroom learning for a fresh take on the topics at hand.

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June Short-Term

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All students follow one course from the options below. Courses are four credit hours and taught in English.

Site visits and outings are incorporated in each course.

Environment, Cultural Maritime Landscape and Emigration

Government agreements to allow international fishing competition in Senegalese waters has led to increased environmental deteriorations and lower profits for Senegalese fishermen. Emigration from the Senegambia region to Europe and even participation in illegal trafficking is seen as retaliation for these detrimental policies. Class takes place in the Saloum Delta, south of Dakar, to study first hand how the region has been impacted by emigration, environmental changes, and cultural transformations in recent years.

Music, Belonging and Community Activism in Senegal

How has African hip hop been used to express feelings of economic disenfranchisement, solidarity amongst African descendants, immigration, human rights, and more? Gain a deeper understanding of the vitality, resilience, and global breadth of contemporary African and African diaspora communities through this music genre.

At the end of the term, APA will send the following to the student’s home institution:

  • Transcript (includes credit hours, French grades and their American equivalents)
  • Professor’s evaluation (includes detailed report of the grades earned)
  • Course syllabi and bibliographies
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