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Fall 2012
7397 Confronting the Resource Curse: Oil in Africa - KLIEMAN - 36696

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Credits: 3

Course Areas: Non-Law Courses 

Time: 6:00p-9:00p  W  Location:  

Course Outline: This course will introduce students to the history, theory, and reality of the “Natural Resource Curse” as it relates to the petroleum industry in Africa. It will be co-taught by Dr. Kairn A. Klieman (Assoc. Prof. of African History, UH, currently writing a book on the history of oil in Africa), and Mr. Thomas Mitro, a retired oil executive who worked 32 years as a senior financial and commercial manager with Gulf Oil and Chevron in Nigeria, Angola, UK, Papua New Guinea). Mr. Mitro currently serves as consultant to Sonangol, and is co-founder of the award-winning non-profit Indego Africa (

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Course Notes: UH Quota = 40  Topics to be covered include: the impact of petroleum industry/development on local communities and national economies/politics, the economic legacies of slave trade and colonial eras, histories of monopolies and concessions (in Africa and broader oil industry), petroleum commercial and fiscal structures in Africa, the impact of financial markets on company behavior over time, the impact of competition between majors and independents, natural gas policies, impact of oil company personnel management practices, corporate social responsibility, and proposed solutions to the "curse." Guest lectures will be provided by a number of local and visiting experts on the oil industry in Africa. The course is open to graduate students of the UH Business School, UH Law Center, Political Science, History, and Anthropology. For more information email:

Prerequisites: No  

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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