Social Justice Issues in France & French-speaking Africa
This course focuses on social justice issues in France. In 2016 this included continuing issues for visible minorities in France, including those from North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. There were also crises for migrants wishing to resettle in Europe to escape war in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. There were also crises for both refugees and economic migrants camped in Calais while waiting to go to the UK. In 2016 there were terror attacks in France, Belgium, and both North Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa linked to the Islamic State and / or to Al Qaeda and other terror groups. There were also on-going issues affecting women, ranging from female genital mutilation to rape to education and health issues. Voices of women in war and peace were presented for Mali and the Ivory Coast, but their issues were common across North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. French colonization, decolonization, and modern economic and military partnerships were part of the issues presented.
Knowledge of human rights declarations -- UN, France, Europe
Familiarity with social justice issues -- France, Europe, Francophone Africa
How to address social justice issues -- alternatives for solutions
2 short papers (3-5 pp.) 40%
MERLOT African Network project 20%
Oral presentations 20%