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Academics

Choose your track - French language immersion or English-led instruction - and over six weeks, maintain your studies this summer with thoughtfully designed online courses: led by two expert host-country professors, each course examines its topic from the lens of two distinct Francophone regions from either France, the North African Maghreb, or West Africa.

These 75-minute lessons over four days each week ensure a rhythm, continuity, and rapport between student and professor that is uniquely achieved through the virtual platform. Guest speakers will join class to elaborate on content covered in class and contribute to meaningful conversations.

For students following courses in French, APA's personalized support system accompanies you every step of the way through weekly customized language support sessions. Tailored to each individual's needs, linguistic improvement is made easy!

Take Your Pick

Students enroll in one or two courses for four credits each.

Class takes place online for 75 minutes, four days per week, for six weeks.

Course availability subject to change.

Choose your courses from the following:

Colonization and Decolonization in Africa in the 20th Century: France & Senegal

Language of instruction: French

Syllabus: French

Professors

  • Dr. Héloïse Kiriakou, Lecturer | Université Paris 1; Paris, France
  • Dr. Idrissa Ba, Historian and History Department Director | Université Cheikh Anta Diop; Dakar, Senegal

 

Overall, this course traces France’s trajectory as the world’s second-largest colonial power, just behind or competing with England from the 19th century to the 1960s, which corresponds to the independence of its African colonies. The various stages of this long process are discussed (expansion, colonial governance, colonial debacle) as well as traces and stigmas of colonization on both sides.

Communicating and Cooperating in a Multicultural Context

Language of instruction: French | English

Syllabus: French | English

Professors

  • Dr. Philippe Pierre, Human Resources Director for international corporations / Corporate sociology research professor | Sciences Po, Université Paris Dauphine, ESSEC, CNRS; Paris, France
  • Marie-Anne Mirabeau-Paquiry, Professor, Intercultural Masters program | Université Paris Dauphine. Intercultural Masters program. She has been involved in educational engineering, training and consultancy for almost 20 years to support organizations and their staff in operating in an international and intercultural context. Paris, France.
  • Dr. Pierre-Robert Cloet, Associate Professor | Université Paris Nanterre & Professor, Intercultural Masters program | Université Paris Dauphine; Paris, France

 

What is Culture ? Can we learn to reap the benefits of a changing, complex and increasingly intercultural world? In this multidisciplinary course, develop your intercultural skills and learn how to deploy them in your future professional life. The course combines theoretical insights from sociology, anthropology, linguistics and more, with practical case studies, personal experience, and group work.

Culture, Politics and Women's Rights in the Francophone World

Language of instruction: French | English

Syllabus: French | English

Professor

  • Dr. Aurélie Perrrier, specialist on gender and race in colonial North Africa, postcolonialism in France, and the politics of human rights and development, Development Director | APA; Paris, France

 

Guest speakers from the academic and NGO fields in Morocco and Senegal.

This course explores conflict over women’s rights and sexual rights through a series of contemporary controversies prevalent in France, Morocco, and Senegal. The objective is to introduce students to the notion of competing human rights claims, to debate the merits and limitations of relativist versus universalist conceptions of female emancipation and sexual rights, and to consider the politics of intervention surrounding women from the global south.

Economics and Development

Language of instruction: French

Syllabus: French

Professors

  • Dr. Marc Raffinot, Consultant and Professor Emeritus | Université Paris Dauphine; Paris, France
  • Dr. Babacar Sene, Director of the Center for Applied Economic Research (CREA) and Financial and Economic Engineering Laboratory (LIFE), Economics Associate Professor specializing in Money and Finance | Université Cheikh Anta Diop; Dakar, Senegal

 

There are two main parts to the course. The first deals with the basic issues of development economics: development measurement, dualism and the informal sector, the role of institutions and governance, development models. The second part focuses on development financing, including development assistance and efficiency, concessional financing or loans and market financing, debt, and the effects of debt reductions.

Francophone Cinema in Focus: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb

Language of instruction: French | English

Syllabus: French | English

Professor

  • Dr. Boukary Sawadogo, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies | City College – City University of New York

 

Guest Speakers: Maghreb and sub-Saharan filmmakers and producers

A survey of Francophone cinema, examine productions from Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa. The course provides a comprehensive look at the history of cinema in the selected Francophone spaces, conditions of film production and distribution, and discussion of overlapping themes. The survey covers the period from the 1960s to present.

Gender and Francophone Literature

Language of instruction: French

Syllabus: French

Professors

  • Dr. Hassan Moustir, Professor, Department of French Language and Literature/Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences | University of Rabat; Rabat, Morocco
  • Dr. Nadia Setti, Department of Gender Studies Director | Université Paris 8 St-Denis; Paris, France

 

The first part of the course will focus on the issue of gender in French-language literature in the Maghreb. It will be based on both theoretical knowledge and a broad textual investigation into what constitutes the “imaginary of the genre”, worked two-fold by local traditions and the variations of history (post coloniality), through the impact of it on its social construction.  The second part will focus on political and literary movements from the second wave of feminism and beyond. Discussions and reflections will focus on the body, desire, sexuality, but also questions of identity (woman, lesbian, gay). In what way does literature, but also multi-media creation, deconstruct gender stereotypes and reconfigure representations and bodies?

Customized Language Support

FLE (français langue étrangère/ French as a foreign language) Team:

Astrid Schoning, APA Paris | Maroua Cherkaoui, APA Rabat | Astou Sagna, APA Dakar

For students following courses taught in French.

Receive one-on-one language assistance each week for the duration of the program: A 30-minute session with a French professor and a separate 60-minute session with a Moroccan or Senegalese French language instructor. Students use this time to explore Francophone culture and work on oral and written expression by proofreading and editing class papers.

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

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