Assistant Professor

Edgard Coly
McCone Building M226
(831) 647-3506

Professor Coly teaches courses on Africa with emphasis on democracy, peace building, international migrations, environment, security and public health (Sub-Saharan Africa). A nominee for the Institute’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Professor Coly is a frequent contributor to Voice of America, a U.S. Government–funded international news outlet. In addition to presenting papers and chairing panels at academic conferences, he also worked as a consultant for Lidget Green, a contractor for the United States Defense Language Institute (DLI). Professor Coly’s expertise was sought by the National Foreign Language Center of the University of Maryland – College Park in Object Assessment.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

This course aims at informing students about contemporary France. It will also aim at improving students’ oral and written competencies in French. This course is linguistically accessible. Readings are mostly from the chapters of the sole required book. The readings are approximately 15 pages a week, divided in segments of two. The course will be looking at the following issues:

1. Social life: family and sexuality, work and leisure, social welfare.

2. Cultural life: religions, immigration and education.

3. Information and technology: media, technology and trade.

Besides the readings from the book: Edmiston & Duménil, La France Contemporaine, 4th edition. (Heinle Cengage Learning, 2009), students will watch the news from TV5 or France24 and search the internet for supplementary information. Furthermore, a student will be chosen each day to summarize a one-page article from the editorial page of Le Monde; an exercise that will allow students to be up-to date with French life.

Students will practice the lexicon and structures that are related to their professional goals through class discussions and readings.

There will be a grammar component on structures that may be problematic to most of the students.

This class will focus mostly on improving speaking, reading and listening skills. The writing component of language acquisition will weigh less than other skills.

The level of French proficiency recommended is Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid on the ACTFL language proficiency scale.

Fall 2018 - MIIS, Spring 2020 - MIIS

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The course will provide an overview of migration, human rights, and the role of regional and international organizations. We will discuss the recent crisis of refugees from around the world, immigrants’ identity and their integration in the host country and the impact on the people and the economy. The influence of globalization, demographic shifts, regional and international conflicts on the future of migration will also be among the topics to be presented and discussed in this course.

We will closely look at the following:

• International migration laws

• The rights and duties of migrants

• Immigration and the rise of nationalist groups / parties

• Brain Drain

Students are expected to be familiar with the reading of the day in order to fully participate in class discussions,

This class will focus mostly on improving speaking, reading and listening skills. The writing component of language acquisition will weigh less than other skills.

The level of French proficiency recommended is Intermediate High to Advanced Low on the ACTFL language proficiency scale.

Spring 2020 - MIIS

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The objective of this course is to inform students about issues in contemporary France, and also to improve their skills in oral and written communication. The course will deal with the following issues:

1. France and Europe: the geography of France, Paris and the urban life, the regions and provinces, languages spoken in France, the European union.

2. The political life: the French Republic, the State, the political parties and elections.

In addition to the readings from the book La France Contemporaine 4th edition by Edmiston and Dumémil (Heinle Cengage Learning, 2009), students will watch news from the French TV stations France 2 or TV5and will do research using the internet, newspapers, and periodicals available at the MIIS library.

Students will practice using the lexicon and structures relevant to their professional objectives. They will have short oral presentations and writing assignments in which they will review the lexicon and grammatical structures encountered in the readings. The course will also include the review of grammar points that pose difficulties for non-native speakers.

Working in groups of 2, students will prepare an oral presentation on a contemporary topic not covered in class.

The level of French required for this course is about the equivalent of four semesters of college French. Students should be able to communicate their ideas clearly both orally and in writing.

Fall 2019 - MIIS

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Reclaiming Culture and Power: Sub-Saharan Africa

Fall 2019 - MIIS

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This course aims at improving communication in French. Common expressions and dis-course methods will be studied. Students are required to read texts from various sources: political speeches, articles from newspapers etc.

Discussions will be organized after each reading. Students should be able to express a point of view, to convince an interlocutor, to refute an argument etc.

The purpose of these exercises is to familiarize students with the rhythm of communication (speech) in French, both formally and informally.

Students will make oral presentations in class on a topic of their choice with prior approval from the professor.

One in-class exam will be administered. The exam shall be solely based on new vocabulary en-countered during class discussions and readings.

A final essay is required. Students may write an analytical version of the topic of their oral presentation. (4 – 5 pages)

Required work: 2 oral presentations, 1 in-class exam, 1 final essay

Recommended Language Proficiency: Intermediate High to Advanced Low according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

Readings: No textbook required. All readings, from various sources will be provided by the pro-fessor.

Spring 2019 - MIIS

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In this Monterey Model course, students will analyze Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to research in depth, gain insight about global governance, and apply best practices to “local” situations in the linguistic and cultural contexts that align with their target language of study. Students will also have the opportunity to identify goals related to their discipline and in-terests, and will do research on a specific challenge and will look toward ways to achieve action-able recommendations.

Students will benefit from the opportunity to learn about the interconnectedness of world chal-lenges and the interdisciplinarity of SDGs and global governance. The classes will be taught sim-ultaneously by professors in English, French, and Spanish. Students will come together from all language cohorts to present their research, recommendations for actions or policy initiatives with-in several plenary sessions over the course of the semester. TI students from the TI practicum will offer simultaneous interpretation of these dynamic, multi-lingual and multi-disciplinary sessions.

Other class requirements: Attend and actively participate to all plenary sessions.
Students will do research and present to the class a topic of their choice. The topic must be relat-ed to the SDGs. Written essays and exams are integral parts of this class.

Required language proficiency: ACTFL Advanced High, Superior

Spring 2019 - MIIS

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This course is designed to inform students about Africa and its standing in the world. Information from mainstream media regarding Africa is often simplified, mischaracterized or simplified at best. Africa plays a key role in world affairs, therefore it voice must be heard.

Students will read authentic materials mainly from African sources to gain an African perspective on any given topic. This course is not afro-centric, but rather an attempt to give a voice to the voiceless. Issues that will be discussed will have an inclusive approach. How do Africans see themselves and how do they see the outside world? How would Africans benefit from developing relations among themselves and with the international community? .

This class will focus mostly on improving speaking, reading and listening skills. The writing component of language acquisition will weigh less than other skills. .

The level of French proficiency recommended is Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid on the ACTFL language proficiency scale.

Fall 2018 - MIIS

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This course is a part of the Monterey Model course and will introduce the concept of human security, its development and real-world applications, and implications for international policy through illustrative case examples.
The concept of "human security" was first introduced in the 1994 Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Program. It has since attracted growing attention in the academic and policy communities around the world. The concept has also become part of official policy, particularly in Japan and Canada. In contrast to the traditional concept of "national security" with its focus on the security of the state against military threats, "human security" emphasizes the protection of individual citizens’ security not only from war and other forms of physical violence but also from threats of a political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental nature. At the most fundamental level, “human security” has two components, human development and human dignity/human rights.

Fall 2018 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

I am passionate about the challenges of bringing the perspectives of African people on global issues into the classroom. I consider myself an established educator, yet despite this vast experience, I still get very excited at the prospect of meeting new students at the beginning of every semester here at MIIS. My research interests include: peace building in some of Africa’s deeply divided societies. international migrations, the state of democracy and the rule of law in Africa, democratic (?) elections in Africa, China and Africa relations, and gender inequalities.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in French Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2000

Professor Coly has been teaching at the Institute since 2001.