Presentation on theme: "Teaching economics to language and area studies students Professor Rodney Wilson University of Durham Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies."— Presentation transcript:
Teaching economics to language and area studies students Professor Rodney Wilson University of Durham Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Contents Personal academic background Area studies and languages in Durham The modules I teach Case study: –The Middle East in the Global Economy –Aims –Learning outcomes –Key skills –Assessment –Introductory reading –Websites
Personal academic background Taught degrees in economics PhD in Economic Development 25 years of teaching experience in an economics department 10 years experience of teaching International Economics to MBA students 4 years of teaching economics to Middle Eastern language and area studies undergraduates and postgraduates
Area studies and languages in Durham Undergraduate level until 2007 –BA in Arabic with Middle Eastern Studies –BA in Arabic with Economics –BA in History and Politics of Middle East (3 year only) Undergraduate level from 2004 –BA in Modern Languages: Arabic, Turkish, Persian –Options in Middle East Politics and Economics MA programmes –Middle Eastern Studies –Middle Eastern Politics –Middle Eastern Development –Islamic Political Economy
The modules I teach The Middle East in the Global Economy (BA) Economic Development in the Middle East (MA) Islamic Economics and Finance (MA) Area Studies Research Methods (MA, M Phil, PhD)
The Middle East in the Global Economy Students –Some have A level economics –Some have 1 st year university economics Aims –To provide sufficient understanding of international economics to analyse the role of the Middle East in the global economy –To understand the external and internal contexts in which economic and business decisions are undertaken in the Middle East
The Middle East in the Global Economy Learning outcomes Have a sound conceptual understanding of globalisation processes Analyse the direction and composition of Middle Eastern trade Understand the major theories of oil pricing and their implications
The Middle East in the Global Economy Learning outcomes Undertake country risk appraisals with respect to the Middle East and appreciate how these affect foreign direct investment and portfolio flows Appreciate how religious and cultural values can impact on business decision- making and understand the sensitivities and potential conflicts between the corporate culture of multinational companies and that of the region
The Middle East in the Global Economy Key skills Data analysis and presentation Communication skills both verbal and written Team working skills through group interaction and discussion Information technology skills through the use of Excel, PowerPoint, Word and DUO- Durham University online Search skills through library and Web sources
The Middle East in the Global Economy Assessment One two-hour examination Two essay questions chosen from six (60%) One summative essay of 4,000 words (40%) Formative assessed essay of 2,500 words
The Middle East in the Global Economy Introductory reading John Daniels and Lee Radebaugh, International Business: Environments and Operations, Addison Wesley, 2003, 10 th edition Toby Dodge and Richard Higgott, (eds.), Globalisation and the Middle East, Royal Institute of International Affairs, 2002.
The Middle East in the Global Economy Introductory reading Hassan Hakimian and Ziba Moshaver, (eds.), The State and Global Change: the Political Economy of Transition in the Middle East and North Africa, Curzon Press, London, 2001. Masoud Kavoossi, The Globalisation of Business and the Middle East, Quorum Books, 2000 Rodney Wilson, Economic Development in the Middle East, Routledge, 1995
The Middle East in the Global Economy Websites Al Ahram (Cairo) www.ahram.org.eg/weekly www.ahram.org.eg/weekly Arab News (Jeddah) www.arabnews.com www.arabnews.com Gulf News (Dubai) www.gulf-news.com www.gulf-news.com
The Middle East in the Global Economy Websites Jerusalem Post www.jpost.com www.jpost.com Khaleej Times (Dubai) www.khaleejtimes.co.ae www.khaleejtimes.co.ae Star News (Amman) www.star.Arabia.com www.star.Arabia.com
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