Politics and Change in the European-Mediterranean Region (field lab in Casablanca)

Discipline: Comparative Politics
Instructor: Hibbard
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 0920
End: 1035
Field Work: Day 1 - Casablanca - Sunday, 23 June | Morocco
Prerequisites: None. Introduction to Comparative Politics or Introduction to International Relations recommended. Download Syllabus

This course will examine a series of topics that have defined the politics of the Euro-Mediterranean region in recent years.  The course will begin with the political upheavals in North Africa associated with the 2011 Arab Spring.  The focus of the class with then turn towards the unrest in Southern Europe associated with the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent sovereign debt crises in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal.  In both cases, we will give particular attention to the economic sources of political discontent, and the debates over how best to respond to such trends.  The latter part of the course will review a variety of related issues including: Euro- Mediterranean relations, migration/immigration and the challenge of Muslim minorities in Europe.  The larger theme that ties the course – and these various issues – together is globalization, and the social and political impact of rapid economic transformation.

Field Work

Country: Morocco
Day: 1 - Casablanca - Sunday, 23 June

Lecture/panel on Moroccan Politics, Democracy and Constitutional reform, followed by a meeting with Moroccan University students.  There will be time available to tour the Rabat Medina (old city) and surrounding area (the Casbah des Oudaias, Andalusian Gardens and nearby souk/market). Academic Objectives:

  1. To get a Moroccan perspective on regional trends, the politics of the country, and prospects for the future.
  2. To learn more about the challenges of democratization in the region.