Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Teachers : Hazal ATAY (PhD student), 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, active participation and thoughtful and timely completion of all the required readings before each class. - a summary essay of one week's readings (required and optional) of ca. 1000 words/ 3 pages with three take home points and three questions at the end you would like to raise in class (20% of grade). This essay will be due before the class in week 4. - A multiple choice quiz of 20 questions (week 6, 20% of grade). - a substantial ﬁnal paper (3.000-4.000 words including references) on a topic to be deﬁned in consultation with the instructor (60% 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, 1604
Alan Richards, and John Waterbury. "A Political Economy of the Middle East". 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.
POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE MIDDLE EAST : RENTS, LABOR, AND CAPITAL IN A CHANGING REGION
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Bassem SNAIJE (Consultant indépendant). Prerequisite : Basic understanding of economics and comparative politics ; interest in matters of business, ﬁnance and political economy. Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course validation : The main assessment of the course will be through a shorter research paper of 3000 words, which will be due after the end of the semester. You are expected to develop research questions in consultation with us before the end of the term. Workload : Apart from academic literature, students will read reports from international ﬁnancial institutions, non-governmental organizations, consultancies, as well as proprietary studies the course conveyors have been involved in. We expect you to read at least 100 pages every week and the class debate will refer closely to the texts on the syllabus (obligatory readings). Pedagogical Method : The seminar sessions will consist of a lecture of approximately 35 to 45 minutes, one or two presentations of 10 minutes each, with a class debate each time on the topic discussed, followed by a debate of the day's remaining discussion questions. Course Description : The aim of this course will be to bring broader tools and concepts of political economy to the analysis of the rapidly changing Midd