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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.


Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

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

Presentational speaking

Critical thinking 

Interpretive writing


Quizzes  20%                                    

2 short papers (3-5 pp.)  40%                                    

MERLOT African Network project   20%                                    

Oral presentations    20%  

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Femmes Ecrivains
    Femmes Ecrivains (Collection)
    Collection of women writers of Francophone Africa
  • Conte-moi la Francophonie
    Stories from the Francophone world