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Summer 2018: Senegal

Postcolonial Urbanisms: Development, Environment, & Social Movements in Senegal  

  • Dakar, SENEGAL: Dates TBA, 2018
  • TRAVL-UG 9801 | 4 credits | Instructor: Rosalind Fredericks (NYU Gallatin)
  • LEVEL: Undergraduate, NYU and non-NYU students
  • TOPICS: African studies, urban development, environmental studies, and more
  • DEADLINES: Round 1: Dec. 1 | Round 2: Feb. 1 (priority for Gallatin Dean's Scholarship) | Round 3: March 1

Space is limited and some programs close before the final deadline. Early application is encouraged. Students must confirm participation approximately 2-4 weeks after the advertised deadlines (an extension may be granted in some cases).


Info Session

Meet Prof. Fredericks and learn more about the course! Location: 1 Washington Pl. (Gallatin Building)

Monday, Nov. 6  ~  1:30-2:30, Rm. 801


Senegal

This travel course examines urban development in the postcolonial global South through the lens of cities in Senegal, West Africa. Like elsewhere across the global South, Senegal is rapidly becoming urban. This process implies a host of important transformations and challenges for development, the environment, and the socio-political lives of city dwellers. Owing to the country’s particular development trajectory, long history of urbanization, and important legacy as one of Africa’s strongest democracies, Senegal provides an especially fascinating place to examine these dynamics and grapple with their implications for urban processes all over the globe.

Rejecting the language of crisis, chaos, and exception that is so often used to characterize urbanization in the global South, the course provides theoretically and experientially informed perspectives on the way postcolonial cities work as well as the challenges that remain. Though we will draw on readings from across the global South, the course will focus on the dynamic intersections of development, environment, and social movements in Senegal in light of the country’s particular history, geography, culture, and politics.

Specifically, the course will be based in Senegal’s capital city, Dakar, but will include overnight trips to the other important Senegalese cities of Saint Louis (the colonial capital of French West Africa) and Touba (the holy city of Senegal's Islamic Mouride Brotherhood) to compare the form and function of these alternative urban development trajectories.

Through a combination of course readings, classroom lectures, tours, and field visits, we will explore the legacies of colonialism and unpack a number of key contemporary debates and challenges faced by urban planners and city residents. Within Dakar, day trips will include Gorée Island, the municipal garbage dump, a traditional fishing village, and a hip hop community center. The class will meet daily and field visits will occur throughout the week and on weekends. Through the lectures and field trips, we will be exposed to multiple challenges and approaches to development from a broad variety of actors, including municipal governments, NGOs, and grassroots community-based organizations.

The class is taught in English. Survival French and Wolof language training will be offered at the beginning of the program, but proficiency in French or Wolof is desirable.

Gallatin students: This course fulfills 4 credits of the Interdisciplinary Seminar.


Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students of all NYU and non-NYU schools
  • Must have completed at least two full-time college semesters before the course begins
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, good academic & disciplinary standing
  • Must be matriculated at a college or university during the Summer 2018 term

Expenses

2017 rates are shown below; 2018 rates coming soon

  • Tuition, 4 credits: $3550
  • NYU Registration & Services Fee: $668
  • Program Fee: $850
  • Housing: $1350

Other Major Costs to Consider:

  • Round-trip airfare ($950 (group flight rate). NOTE: students may request to opt out of the group flight (see details in the program acceptance letter); approved students must arrange and pay for roundtrip flight, which will likely cost more than the significantly discounted group rate.
  • Fees for passport; fees for travel visa, if required
  • Fees for immunizations (the CDC recommends certain immunizations for travel to Senegal)
  • Most meals and local transportation
     

Financial Aid

The Gallatin Dean's Scholarship is available for this program. See our Financial Aid for Study Away page for details on eligibility and additional opportunities.


Important Travel Details

Program Fee: Includes mandatory excursions, some meals, and mandatory international health insurance, which is provided for the program duration.

Health Note: Peanuts feature in Senegalese cuisine. Students with peanut allergies have navigated this successfully in the past during this course, but anyone with concerns should consult with their doctor and also contact Gallatin's Office of Global Programs for more information.

Housing: Students are required to reside in accommodations arranged by NYU Gallatin. Students will live in a hotel for part of the program and will spend up to one week in a home-stay with a Senegalese family.

Travel Documents: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, and certain participants might need a travel visa. These documents should be obtained well in advance of the program start date.

Helpful LinksLonely Planet Senegal, US State Department: Travel to Senegal

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