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

Fall 2009

GOV 365P • The Politics of Oil

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39270 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
RAS 213
Henry, C

Course Description

This course analyzes the national and international structures of the petroleum industry. Changing trends in petroleum economics are related to political strategies of major powers, international political alignments, and economic forces, including global finance. We keep these global forces in mind as we focus on the management of hydrocarbon resources in the Middle East. Intra-Arab regional and domestic politics, as well as economic policies of the Middle Eastern and major consumer states, will be analyzed for 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%) Paper topic proposal (300-500 words) (5%) Annotated bibliography (at least 5 items per team member) (10%) Research Input to Blackboard (10%) Writing drafts to Blackboard (10%) Final Report (2000 words) (15%) Final in-class quiz (15%) Class attendance, Blackboard "chat" and quizzes (15% )


Abel's course pack (available at 715 23rd St.: you must show your student ID and a copy of this syllabus to obtain a copy). Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Choice (Perseus, 2004) pb for $12 at Michael Klare, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy, Holt pb. 2009 Valerie Marcel, Oil Titans: National Oil Companies in the Middle East (Brookings, 2005) Daniel Yergin, The Prize, Simon and Schuster, 1991


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