EC 352 - The Economic Impact of Globalization on Morocco & Northwest Africa

Globalisation has become one of the key words of the last two decades mainly as a consequence of the sudden increase in the exchange of knowledge, trade and capital around the world, driven by technological innovation.

Globalization is creating new opportunities for both industrialized and developing countries. The largest impact has been on developing or emerging countries, which are now able to attract foreign investors and foreign capital. This has led to both positive and negative effects for those countries.

The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the economy of Morocco and the impact of the globalization on its economy. The course will be focused on the main recent trends of Moroccan economy during its last two decades since its choice toward economic liberalization. This choice offers new risks and opportunities for the country. Some historical economic facts will be emphasized throughout the course to emphasize the main efforts undertaken by Morocco in reinforcing its integration into the global context.

The course will explore issues relating to social, economic, and political development in Morocco in its North African contexts. Some topics related to recent economic and sociopolitical development and the internal challenges in the region along with the impacts associated with changing patterns of the external environment will also be discussed.

Main features of Moroccan economy (choice strategies, key sectors and economic reforms,…) as well as its position in its regional and international environment will be tackled. The impact of the last financial & economic crisis as well as the main future challenges of Moroccan economy will be discussed.

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Intermediate-level knowledge of economics or international relations

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