Teachers : Margot DAZEY (Etudiante doctorante), Eckart WOERTZ (Senior Research Fellow). Prerequisite : Experience in Middle Eastern studies and some basic economics are helpful to get started in the course. If you have no experience in these ﬁelds that's ﬁne as long as you have a keen interest to engage with these topics and acquire related skills. If you have a comparative social science perspective with expertise elsewhere (let's say labor politics in Latin America) that can be helpful, too. Pedagogical format : Lecture alone Course validation : Regular attendance and thoughtful and timely completion of all the assigned readings before each class ; active participation in seminar discussions (25% of grade) ; a presentation of one week's readings (5-7 minutes), the written version of which will be circulated in advance by email and will form the basis for that week's seminar discussion. I will ask you to choose the date for your presentation at our ﬁrst meeting (25% of grade) ; a substantial ﬁnal paper (4.000-5.000 words including references) on a topic to be deﬁned in consultation with the instructor (50% of grade). Pedagogical method : The ﬁrst half of each course is a lecture, the second half an interactive seminar with presentations by students. Course Description : The course deals with the political economy of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It outlines their major development challenges, such as long-term growth trends, demographic change, education, labor markets, oil dependence, water issues and food security. Political regime types, the military, civil society, political Islam and non-state actors are analyzed in detail. The shift from import substituting industrialization to structural adjustment and the proliferation of crony capitalism is used as a historic lens to analyze political contestation in the region. Gulf countries are dealt with in particular. Issues to be discussed range from economic diversiﬁcation to petrodollar recycling and foreign policy stances. We will try to outline the empirical setting with the help of some analytical tools and identify major fault lines by discussing selected studies, articles and public resources. As textbook we use Cammett, Melani, Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards, and John Waterbury.
Required reading : Cammett, Melani, Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards, and John Waterbury. A Political Economy of the Middle East. Fourth ed. Boulder : Westview Press, 2015 ; Chang, HaJoon. Economics : The User's Guide, A Pelican Introduction. London : Penguin, 2014.
THE POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY OF THE STATE IN THE CONTEMPORARY ARAB WORLD
Semester : Autumn and Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Stéphane LACROIX (Associate Professor à Sciences Po), Mathilde ZEDERMAN (Etudiante doctorante). Prerequisite : Some basic prior knowledge of Middle East politics is preferable, but not compulsory. Pedagogical format : Lecture alone Course validation : There are two options : A take-home exam. The exam will take place at the end of the term (exact dates to be determined) (70%). And a book review (around 2000 words). The book should be chosen within the general bibliography attached to the syllabus (p. 9 and p.10). The book review should consist of a summary (preferably half, but no more than twothirds, of the total content) and a discussion of the book, putting it into perspective with some of the themes discussed in class and/or with current events (for instance). In this discussion, you may choose to focus on one speciﬁc aspect or idea in the book (30%). Or a take-home exam. The exam will take place at the end of the term (exact dates to be determined). 50% of the ﬁnal grade. And a ﬁnal paper (4000 to 5000 words). Must include footnotes and a small bibliography. A one-paragraph description of the proposed topic must be submitted by e-mail before class 4. 50% of the ﬁnal grade. Workload : About 60-80 pages of readings per session. Pedagogical method : Lectures, with some time for class discus