Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development
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This program introduces students to a broad variety of issues related to Cameroon’s culture and development via an interdisciplinary format that includes lectures, seminars, meetings with experts and practitioners, hands-on learning, research projects, excursions, and homestay experiences. The thematic seminars are taught in English, with a few lectures in French offered in translation. Intensive French language study allows students to engage more fully with communities in Cameroon, and students are immersed in homestay environments that promote further language learning. The Research Methods and Ethics course addresses ethical and culturally appropriate research methodology in preparation for the Independent Study Project (ISP).
The following syllabi are either from a recent session of this program or for an upcoming session. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.
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Development and Social Change in Cameroon – syllabus (PDF)
(SDIS 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
An interdisciplinary course taught predominantly in English, examining foundational concepts, principles, and paradigms of development studies and social change for the purposes of critically engaging with specific topics and issues relating to the Cameroonian context. Through formal lectures, assigned readings, group discussions, and integrated field visits, students explore the ways in which development initiatives — in local, regional, and national contexts — seek to become agents for changing structural relationships in society.
Social Pluralism and Minorities – syllabus (PDF)
(AFRS 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
An interdisciplinary course taught predominantly in English, exploring Cameroon’s complex social history and postcolonial national identities in one of the most ethnically and geographically diverse countries on the continent. In addition to lectures and discussions, the course integrates multiple learning methods including required readings, excursions to relevant sites, group discussions and processing sessions, participatory workshops, student presentations, and independent or self-structured learning.
Beginning French: French in Cameroonian Contexts - syllabus (PDF)
(FREN 1000–1500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This intensive course is designed to prepare students with little or no previous instruction in French to confidently use the language in daily communications in Cameroon. Another major aim of the course is to facilitate access to the Cameroonian host culture, particularly in the urban homestay. The course emphasizes the development of speaking and comprehension competencies. Cultural context is built into the course and introduced through audiovisual materials and experiential activities accompanying the text.
French for Development Studies - syllabus (PDF)
(FREN 2000–2500/ 3 credits / 45 class hours)
French for Development Studies - syllabus (PDF)
(FREN 3000–3500/ 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This language course focuses on the acquisition of the French lexicon used in the area of development and social change to equip students with the language tools needed to work with NGOs and development associations. Students are immersed in course materials designed to build their capacity in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills to support the course’s focus on engaging students with discourses, vocabularies, discussions, and readings centered on developmental issues in Cameroon. Based on in-country evaluation, including oral proficiency testing, students are placed in the appropriate level, with additional language practice in homestays and on field visits.
Research Methods and Ethics- syllabus (PDF)
(ANTH 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
The Research Methods and Ethics course provides students with the essential tools required to conduct independent study in either the public health or social research domains in Cameroon. Material includes cross-cultural adaptation and skills building; project selection and refinement; appropriate methodologies; field study ethics and the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review Policy; developing contacts and finding resources; developing skills in observation and interviewing; gathering, organizing, and communicating data; and maintaining a field journal.
Independent Study Project - syllabus (PDF)
(ISPR 3000 / 4 credits / 120 class hours)
Conducted in Yaoundé or in another approved location appropriate to the project in Cameroon. Sample topic areas: education in a Cameroonian village; traditional healing; bilingualism and the media; the makossa style of music; oral history of the Bamiléké people; a women’s village cooperative; influence of oil on Cameroonian economy and society.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Yaounde
Language Study: French, Fulfulde, Pidgin English
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