Abdelkader Berrahmoun
Office
IIRC Building 2
Tel
(831) 647-6500
Email
aberrahmoun@middlebury.edu

Professor Berrahmoun is a native of Oran, Algeria. He began his career as a language professor in Boston, Massachusetts, where he taught Arabic and French at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College and a number of other educational institutions.

Berrahmoun’s classes thoughtfully and dynamically engage students in research, writing and discussion of history, religion, literature, media, cultural traditions and current affairs in the Arab world. Students demonstrate and share their individual and collaborative learning through projects such as video podcasts, digital storytelling, Arabic TED Talks, blogs, and radio shows.

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Fall 2022 - MIIS

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Fall 2022 - MIIS

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Spring 2022 - MIIS

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Security and Development in the Francophone World

In this course, we will examine two major inter-connected themes of urgency and relevance in the contemporary Francophone world: security and development.
We’ll research and discuss complex security concerns in a rapidly changing political environment – both within France and in the wider geographical area of French influence. We will also use selected case studies to address issues of development throughout the Francophone world - including debt, sustainable economy, trade, science/technology, and education.Finally, we will explore connections between these two focus areas.

Students will improve all key language skills through activities such as discussion, use of authentic audiovisual and social media sources, creative projects, debates, guest speaker interactions and oral presentations.

Key Topics: Security

Border Control: Issues of Humanitarian Relief and National Security (illegal immigration, refugees, arms smuggling, human trafficking, etc.)

Islamophobia and Security after 9/11

French response to international terrorism, defense policies and collaboration within the European Union

Food, land and water security in an era of climate change

Key Topics: Development

Roles of the International Monetary Fund, NGOs, private and corporate sectors and World Bank in national/regional economies

Economic initiatives such as microfinance and start-ups

Women’s empowerment through education, training and family planning

Fair trade and sustainable agriculture

Science/technology

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Spring 2021 - MIIS

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During this course, students will explore themes that are key to understanding societies in France and Africa and the relationship between these regions:

- The evolving role of tradition (coutume) and its impact on modern societies;

- Women and leadership; changing place of women in business, politics, and evolving role in society;

- The role of culture in citizens’ daily lives, with an emphasis on West/Central francophone Africa and France. Reciprocal influence between France and Africa on a cultural level. How cultures influenced each other over decades, with an emphasis on current trends and cross-influences (including literary work, gastronomy, music, fashion and other art forms).

- The changing nature of Francophonie, a bridge/glue between our regions, in an increasingly English-speaking world.

- Evolution of economies, transitions and rise of digital economy in both regions.

- Formal and citizen/soft diplomacy between the two regions.

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Fall 2021 - MIIS

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Throughout the contemporary Francophone world, numerous women and women’s groups have emerged in activist and leadership roles: promoting social agendas, demanding freedom and equality, helping topple repressive regimes, and responding to a range of crises and conflicts. From issues of anti-colonialism and nationalism to gender rights, educational and economic equity and more, women activists have played a critical role in shaping their societies. Furthermore, women’s activism has manifested throughout the transnational community and the French/Francophone diaspora.

FRLA 8426 A offers directed projects and analytical tools with which students can question, unpack and evaluate the contexts for women’s grassroots activist movements and rising leaders, the issues addressed, end goals, strategies employed, and outcomes achieved.

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Fall 2021 - MIIS

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This course offers a focused exploration of key issues impacting the Francophone world in recent history through the present day. Using case studies and a variety of authentic materials, students will gain understanding through research, discussion, analysis, class activities, and projects. An inquiry model will provide structure as students work to identify the background context, challenges, solutions/opportunities, and impacts of each key issue.

Special Topics in French is structured as a learner-centered and collaborative course. Within the key topic areas, students will have the opportunity to choose sub-topics and countries/regions of interest for more in-depth investigation.

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Fall 2021 - MIIS

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Fall 2022 - MIIS

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Spring 2022 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

Professor Berrahmoun’s professional interests include the pedagogy of language acquisition, integration of technology and cultural studies into the language curriculum, conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world, and political Islam.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD candidate in Philosophy, Université Paris X-Nanterre, 1994-1996 (not completed)
  • Dissertation: “La politique et la Religion dans l’Islam Contemporain”
  • Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in Philosophy, Université Paris XII-Créteil Val de Marne, 1993-1994
  • Maîtrise in Philosophy, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, 1992-1993
  • Licence in Philosophy, Université Es-Senia, Oran, Algeria, 1987-1991

Professor Berrahmoun has been teaching at the Institute since 2013.

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