The Political Economy of Oil in Sudan
This module explores the dynamics of Sudan's oil industry and how it affects the post-civil war situation in the South, the six-year interim period of peace and the conflict in Darfur. It provides basic knowledge about the properties of oil, the operation of the global market and the patterns of oil extraction in Africa, and introduces concepts such as rent-seeking, corruption and the resource curse. Sudanese oil exploration, extraction and business are located within this overall context. To facilitate a deep appreciation for the complexities and contradictions inherent in the political economy of oil in Sudan, students will create and negotiate oil contracts and role-play different groups of Sudanese and foreigners involved in the sector.
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This teaching module is coordinated by Martha Saavedra
Last Updated: May 1, 2009