Rabat, Morocco

Rabat, Morocco

Selected Topics in Psychology: Collective Memory

Rabat, Morocco

Winter 2020: January 2-25, 2020*

Rabat, Morocco

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Morocco's colonial past and population, both in terms of race, religion, and politics provide the perfect case study to look at collective memory, the manufacturing and construction of historic events, and identity. Travel to Rabat, the capital, to take classes with JJC Professor Charles B. Stone and local guest lecturers on a topic that has in recent years received a tremendous amount of interdisciplinary attention: collective memory. The program may include excursions to Marrakech, Fez, Chefchaouen, and other locations outside of Rabat.

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.


Information sessions will be held from 1:40pm-2:55pm (community hour), in the New Building, room 1.81.

  • September 16
  • October 17
  • October 28



PSY 482: Collective Memory (3 credits)

In this course, the nature and dynamics of social or collective nature will be explored from multiple disciplinary perspectives, in terms of how Morocco represents their collective past and how said representatives serve identity and goal-driven purposes in the present for Moroccans. To this end the following questions will be addressed throughout the course: What is collective memory? What are the politics of collective memory? What is the relationship between truth and memory? Which memories are concealed and why? Does commemoration serve its intended purpose to increase awareness, understanding, and justice?  What are the cultural, social, political,  and aesthetic reasons for how and why historical events are manufactured and represented? How do museums, monuments and sites construct and tell a version of the past? What role do they play in ensuring justice for those harmed in the past?

To address these questions, Morocco will be used as a case study. Morocco’s diverse past (e.g. colonialism) and population, both in terms of race, religion, and politics, provides an excellent example of how the past is (re-) constructed and used for particular purposes among contested groups. That is, we will examine, for example, how museums, architecture,  and monuments are used for particular purposes within Morocco to facilitate or inhibit a particular rendering of the past and how it shapes Moroccan identit-y/-ies. In doing so touching on the role of the monarchy, religion (e.g. Islam and Judaism), migration, rituals, Moroccan politics, film and European influences in shaping the way buildings/architecture, museums and monuments are designed/used and, in turn,  shape the way Moroccans remember their collective past and intentit-y/-ies.

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  1. 3.0 GPA
  2. PSY 101, PSY 200 & ENG 201
  3. Previous study of French or Arabic a plus, but not required                                                                                                                  
  • Housing: Students will stay with local families (2 students per family) arranged by Center for Cross Cultural Learning, Rabat. Homestays allow for further cultural immersion, providing first-hand cultural experiences. Families will have hosted American students previously. 
  • Fluctuating exchange rates and other fees may lead to program cost changes.
  • Program cost is based on a minimum number of participants for the program.
  • Students should discuss applicability of financial aid with the Financial Aid office.

    Photo by: Leslie Unger
    Rabat, Morocco - January 2017
    Photo taken in Chefchaouen, Morocco

  • Refund Policy: Payment of the program deposit indicates the student understands and agrees to the Office of International Studies & Program’s payment and refund policies.  Students who withdraw from a John Jay College program after confirming participation, but before the program begins, will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs: students will be refunded 50 percent of program fees 30 days prior to the program start date, and 25 percent of program fees 14 days prior to the program start date. After the start of the program, no refunds will be provided, and the student is responsible for all program fees. If the program fee is not paid in full, there will be a hold placed on her/his CUNYfirst account.
  • For faculty-led programs, tuition refunds will be granted following the College’s policies.  For more information, please visit: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/understading-your-financial-obligation.
  • College-based funders retain the right to recoup funds from the student account if the student does not follow rules of the CUNY Travel Waiver & Release Form, uses the funds for other purposes, or withdraws from the program. Students must understand that they are responsible for full payment of the amount owed to the department. The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) has the right to modify or cancel the program, including  changes to the program dates, costs, scheduled visits, program itinerary, etc., as dictated by economic and/or political situations, etc.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare, and for their itinerary. Due to possible changes in program dates/itinerary information, students are not to purchase airfare until prompted by OISP.
  • Students are encouraged to apply early, due to limited space.
  • Information is tentative, and subject to change*, program cost(s), dates, etc.


It is important to be aware of the health information provided by the US Center for Disease Control and
Prevention. All vaccines should be up to date, and it is important to check the vaccines and medicines list and
visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. Ask your
doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you
will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US. 
More information can be found on the Center for Disease Control website.


Please note that all travelers:

Should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Routine vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.



Please note that most travelers:

Get the following travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in Morocco.

Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Morocco, regardless of where you are eating or staying.



You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Morocco. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.


Applications are available from the Office of International Studies & Programs (Haaren Hall, Suite 530). Applications can also be found here.

Application Deadline: November 4, 2019. Admitted applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline. Thus, due to limited places, students are encouraged to apply early.

Please note: An application fee of $50.00 is due at the time of application. Money orders, personal checks and cash are accepted. Applications will not be accepted if incomplete. More information can be found here.

All non-CUNY students will need to pay an additional $65.00 at time of application due to a non-degree application fee. 


Estimated Program Fee: $3,075**

**Subject to change. Includes homestay accommodations, some meals, health insurance, excursions and transportation on-site associated with program. Does not include tuition, airfare, some meals, personal expenses, personal excursions, etc.   

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Students should make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office, at their home College, to discuss the applicability of their financial aid to this program. 

Inquire at the Office of International Studies & Programs regarding scholarship information. If you are a JJC student, you can apply for the John Jay Study Abroad Scholarships (JJSAS) and the Student Travel Fund, among other JJC-sponsored scholarships. For more on scholarship opportunities click here. U.S.-wide scholarship opportunites can be found here.

JJC students can contact Michael Scaduto for more information regarding the JJSAS, and general scholarship opportunities, at 212-237-8872 or email at mscaduto@jjay.cuny.edu.


Prof. Charles B. Stone, Department of Psychology (Academic Inquiries)

Ken Yanes, Dep. Director
212-484-1339, kyanes@jjay.cuny.edu

Daniel Braslavsky, Study Abroad Coordinator
212-887-6105, dbraslavsky@jjay.cuny.edu


Office Location & Mailing Address:
Office of International Studies & Programs
John Jay College, CUNY
524 West 59th Street
Haaren Hall, Suite 530
New York, NY 10019 USA