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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2006

GOV 365P • The Politics of Oil

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39860 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
PAR 203

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Upper-division standing required. This course analyzes the national and international structures of the petroleum industry. Changing trends in petroleum economics are related to international political alignments, focusing on the Middle East. Intra-Arab regional and domestic politics, as well as economic policies of the Middle Eastern states and international politics, will be analyzed in light of their possible effects upon the industry. The impact of oil on the big oil producing countries of the Middle East will also be examined.

Grading Policy

Midterm 20% Role Profile Paper 10% Annotate Bibiliography 10% Game Participation 10% Debriefing Paper 15% Class Participation 10% (includes computer "chat" participation as well as class attendance) Final exam 25% (includes half in-class, half take-home)


Abel's course pack. Terry Karl, The Paradox of Plenty (University of California Press, 1997) Michael T. Klare, Blood and oil : the dangers and consequences of America's growing petroleum dependence, New York : Metropolitan Books, c2004 Daniel Yergin, The Prize, Simon and Schuster, 1991


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