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

Spring 2010

GOV 365N • Globalization in the Middle East and North Africa

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38954 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
BEN 1.122

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).

Grading Policy

2 Midterm exams 20% Pop quizzes, 5% Preliminary statement of the research question (200-500 words), 5% Annotated bibliography, 5% Rough beginning draft of paper (1000 words), 10% Participation in class, including critique of someone else's paper, 10% Term paper (final draft), 35% Final in-class identifications exercise, 10%


*Galal Amin, Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? (AUC Press, 2000) ISBN 977-424-559-8 *Louise Fawcett, ed., International Relations of the Middle East, 2nd edition (Oxford UP, 2009) - ISBN 978-0-19-921553-9 *Joseph Stiglitz, Making Globalization Work (Norton, 2006) ISBN 0-713-99972-1 Recommended: John Gray, False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism NY: New Press, 1998 Alan Richards and John Waterbury, A Political Economy of the Middle East, Third Edition (Westview pb, 2007)


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