FRENCH 325S: Global Displacement: Voix Francophones

Fall 2020

Instructor: Deborah Reisinger

This course explores the global migration and resettlement of Francophone refugees. Through historical, political and literary perspectives, students will examine the current state of refugees and asylum seekers in Western host societies, with a particular focus on Central African refugees in North America.

The first part of the course will examine laws, processes and practices related to refugee resettlement. What leads people to flee their country and seek refugee status, and what are the processes they must go through as they seek asylum?

The second part of the course will examine the introduction and integration of refugees in their host countries. Students will review discourse and assumptions of host societies and study the challenges of the cultural orientation process in North America.

Students will also consider the ethics and politics of listening to and speaking for other communities. In an effort to better understand these issues, this course features a community-based component that engages students with the Francophone refugee community in Durham. Students will participate in 20 hours of service over the course of the semester in a variety of settings that range from ESL tutoring to home-health visits to cultural activities aimed to introduce new arrivals to the Duke and Durham community.

Class meetings will be conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: Minimum of one course at the 300 level or an AP Language and Culture Test score of 5.

  • ICS 332
  • GLHLTH 325S
  • RIGHTS 325S
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