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

Spring 2008

GOV 365N • 12-Globalization in the MIddle East and North Africa-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39427 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
PAR 206

Course Description

This course will survey the recent efforts of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to adapt to the global economy. We will compare their respective strategies of economic and political development and discuss the possible interrelationships between economic and political change. Everyone will be expected to develop solid knowledge of the economies and policies of at least three countries, including one of the major economies of the Arab region (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia). This is a special writing component course (SWC).

Lots of reading, writing, and class participation is expected in this SWC , including research notes on Blackboard, in addition to a 2000-word term paper that is to be prepared in stages in the course of the semester, beginning with a research question, developing an annotated bibliography and first draft, and a final draft you will share with the class.

Grading Policy

Midterm exam and pop quizzes, 20% Preliminary statement of the research question, 5% Annotated bibliography, 5% Participation in class and bulletin boards, 20% Term paper (final draft), 35% Final take-home essay, 15%


*Galal Amin, Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? (AUC Press, 2000) pb. *Clement Henry and Robert Springborg, Globalization and the politics of development in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2001) pb. *Joseph Stiglitz, Making Globalization Work (Norton, 2006) pb. Recommended: John Gray, False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism NY: New Press, 1998 Melani Claire Cammett, Globalization and Business Politics in Arab North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2007) Alan Richards and John Waterbury, A Political Economy of the Middle East, Third Edition (Westview pb, 2007)


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