MES 323K • Globalization in the Middle East and North Africa
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Upper-division standing required. 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. Each student will select a particular country in the region and work with other students studying the country to develop a bibliography and statistical indicators for comparing its economic performance and governance capabilities with those of other countries. With the help of these materials, along with your required class readings, you will make two short presentations in class and write a 1500-word term paper.
Midterm exam, 25% Annotated bibliographies, 10% Class presentations, 10% Term Paper, 20% Final exam, 35%
Abel's course pack John Gray, False Dawn C Henry and R Springborg, Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East. Cambridge University Press, 2001. Alan Richards and John Waterbury, A Political Economy of the Middle East, 2nd edition, Boulder, CO: Westview, 1996. Other materials to be posted on a password-protected website.