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1 Teaching economics to language and area studies students Professor Rodney Wilson University of Durham Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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)

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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.

12 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,  Masoud Kavoossi, The Globalisation of Business and the Middle East, Quorum Books, 2000  Rodney Wilson, Economic Development in the Middle East, Routledge, 1995

13 The Middle East in the Global Economy Websites  Al Ahram (Cairo)   Arab News (Jeddah)   Gulf News (Dubai) 

14 The Middle East in the Global Economy Websites  Jerusalem Post   Khaleej Times (Dubai)   Star News (Amman) 


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