ESP 1 -S5

Migration & Development


Course SYLLABUS  - M32.1 ESP 1


Prof. Dr. A. Badre





This module prepares the student for the end-of-studies project that will be taken over in the following semester. On the research side, the students to carry out the necessary background readings as well as the preliminary fieldwork if need be. In addition, the student is initiated to the entrepreneurship culture in preparation for his/her insertion in the job market. In addition to in depth analysis of background readings for the topic chosen by the student, fieldwork and data collection, the course includes various classroom assignments, including chapter presentations, chapters’ reading, group work discussions, and write-ups submissions, among others.


The ESP course on Migration & Development is designed to give graduating students an understanding of the major causes of contemporary migration and human mobility in its both dimensions: South-North & South-South migrations. Locally, given its migratory history as an exporting, transitory as well as hosting land of migrants, Morocco represents a fertile terrain of academic investigation. Globally, the regional and international processes contributing to and driving human mobility and migration flows will be examined. Students will consider a range of critical issues and factors contributing to migration, particularly under conditions of poverty, unemployment, lack of opportunities, uneven development, competition of resources, weak governances, political instability, environmental degradation, and natural disasters. While international challenges including human rights, human trafficking, citizenship and statelessness will be addressed as well. The



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Course Requirements


This seminar requires substantial weekly reading and places significant emphasis on preparation, class presentations, discussion, and paper write-ups. Attendance and active participation are essential components of this course, besides the final submission of a capstone.

To ensure inclusive, fair, and continuous assessments of students’ progress and class performance, continuous assessment through various means will be applied, as shown below:


Assignments, Attendance & Participation  

You will write several assignments that build a foundation for your final 3000+ word argumentative essay. Those assignments are listed below. Additionally, students will write frequent response or informal writings and will conduct a rhetorical analysis of the professional scholarship in their discipline. Reading assignments must be completed on time so that students can engage constructively in class discussion. There may be quizzes on the reading assignments. 

Summaries: To read actively and identify the main points of selected scholarly sources (articles, chapters of books, entire books, or credible electronic/web sources); to summarize the sources concisely; to write a correct bibliographic entry for each source. The summaries will be due on different dates, not all at once. You will write three of them: The first will be for a source read by the entire class. The second and third will be on sources that are related to a debatable topic in your discipline. 

Proposal + Annotated Bibliography: The purpose of this essay proposal plus annotated bibliography is to propose a topic, research question(s), focus, and tentative annotated bibliography of source material that will guide you as you draft and revise your researched argumentative essay. The annotated bibliography section of this assignment will identify and annotate (summarize) a sufficient number of credible scholarly and professional sources (articles, books, and occasional government documents or credible websites) that will provide a context and background for your research related to a current effort/issue in or related to your major/discipline/future profession. This assignment will facilitate your final researched argument essay for this course. 

Synthesis Essay/Literature Review: The purpose of this assignment is to synthesize various sources about a specific debatable issue related to the subject of your larger argumentative essay (written in the second half of the semester). The broad purpose of a literature review, or synthesis essay is to identify trends and commonalities in a body of literature (journal articles, books, and other scholarship) on a particular subject. Synthesis essays usually survey a large number of scholarly texts—fifty, a hundred, or more. In this synthesis essay, you will survey a much smaller sample. 

Researched Argument Essay: The purpose of this assignment is to advance an argument, evidenced by credible, current, relevant scholarly research, about a topic relevant to your major/discipline/future profession. This is a standard research-based academic argument.

Presentations: You are required to deliver one presentation (about 10 to 15 minutes long) on one of the chapter from the assigned course textbook. Each student will be assigned a chapter from the textbook during the first week of the semester.


  • Important Note:Absences will not be tolerated. If a student has a medical, legal or otherwise valid excuse for missing class (the validity of the excuse is at the discretion of the instructor), then this student is not excused for the homework due during the missed period, and must turn it in when they come back. Students are also responsible for material covered in class while they are away. THREE UNEXCUSED ABSENCES will result in an Attendance & Participation grade of “0” (30% of your evaluation!).


Final Exam:

There will be a session final exam that comprises all parts covered during the whole semester. Students will be notified about the date and format of the midterm exam ahead of time. 

Capstone-Submission: Each student is required to submit between 10 to 15 page lit-review report typed (double spaced) on one of a chosen topic from the material provided in class. Papers and exams are due on the dates announced in class or indicated below. Unless discussed with me IN ADVANCE. 

Classroom Policy


Each student must fulfill the following requirements of the course: 


  • Spend at least 3 hours per week on self-study. Self-study includes all assignments given by the instructor.
  • Conduct Internet and library research, review class notes and handouts, study the textbook, and perform all other activities as requested.
  • Please deactivate your cell phones before class and keep them off during class time.No phone calls and no text messaging are allowed during class. If cell phone use becomes a distraction in class the offending student will be penalized.
  •  Laptops are only allowed when needed for occasional class work. However, when that happens,be informed that e-mail check and web-surf are strictly prohibited
  • You are responsible of bringing all the necessary text-book materials. Students without textbook will not be allowed to the class.
  • Tardiness: Late arrivals are a distraction and interfere with the learning that is taking place in the class as a whole.Students who are more than ten minutes late for class will be counted as absent for that class.