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CSPO 2915A - Being Young in Egypt

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The focalization on youth has been a constant theme of studies on Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Seen sometimes as a promise (for development) or as a menace (unemployment, ‘Islamism', etc.), the category of youth has been used and misused to explain very diverse (and sometimes contradictory) phenomena: apathy and mobilization; authoritarianism and democratization; the rise of Islamic militancy and westernized practices, and so on. Taking its cue from empirically-founded studies, this course is an invitation to explore what it means concretely and today to be a youth in Egypt. Instead of constructing arguments based on broad and deterministic statistical variables, we will look at different problems that youth face today in the Arab world's most populous country. Thus, after devoting some time to deconstructing the way in which the youth have been framed in political discourse and academia, we will delve into four general themes: the religious experience of youth; their forms of political participation or lack thereof; the issues of gender, love, and sexuality; and the new cultural and artistic practices.


EL CHAZLI, Youssef (Doctorant)

Pedagogical format

The course will be organized around four main topics. Each session will be covering a sub-topic and will be organized as follows: Group presentation of an introductory text to be chosen among the readings downloaded on Google Drive. Presentation and class discussion last one hour. Based on the presentation and discussion, a lecture of one hour completes the understanding of the topic. In light of the presentation and the lecture, a 30 minutes debate on a news piece relating to the theme will be opened. A three-fold course around (1) referential texts, (2) students' presentations and debates which guide the teacher so that he better guides the group towards (3) deeper research.

Course validation

- Exposé oral – 40% - Mémoire final – 50% - Participation – 10%