ECN 104: Macroeconomics

Course Description:

This course introduces students the basic principles of macro-economics. Students will learn concepts and theories that explain national income distribution and analysis; inflation, unemployment, interest rates, national indebtedness, money and banking and international trade. Moreover, students will understand the impact of the economic policies of a country on its growth and development is also investigated.

Required Readings

Robin Bade & Michael Parkin. Foundations of Macroeconomics Plus NEW MyEconLab with Pearson eText — Access Card Package, 7/E

Roger LeRoy Miller. Economics Today Plus NEW MyEconLab with Pearson eText — Access Card Package, 17/E
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POL 110: Fundamentals of Law

Course Description:

This is an introductory course that aims at teaching basic concepts of law. Students will learn the concept of justice. The course will explain the legal and political aspects of justice. Students will also understand the sources of law and how different legal systems conceive it. Further, students will learn the subjects and objects of law, law-making and implementation of judicial decisions.

Required Readings

Frederick Schauer. (2012). Thinking Like a Lawyer: A New Introduction to Legal Reasoning. Harvard University Press.

Book Details: PAPERBACK. $19.95. £14.95. €18.00. ISBN 9780674062481. Publication: April 2012

George, Tracey E., and Suzanna Sherry. 2009. What every law student really needs to know: an introduction to the study of law. New York: Aspen Publishers.

POL 102: Social and Political Thought

Course Description:

The course will introduce students to both classical and contemporary social and political thinkers. Students will study the questions that the world’s most well-known thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Lock, Marx, Weber and many others struggled to answer. Among other things, students will study theories of state and government, human nature, justice, leadership, liberty, equality and citizenship. Students will further explore political ideologies including liberalism, socialism, communitarianism, conservativism and others.

Required Readings

Lyman Tower Sargent. Contemporary Political Ideologies, International Edition 14e. St Louis: Published by: Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 9780495571070 or ISBN-10: 0495571075

Leon P. Baradat. (2011). Political Ideologies, 11/E. Pearson. Pearson & Longman. 384 pp ISBN-10: 0205082386. ISBN-13: 9780205082384
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Hoffman, J. & Graham, P. (2009). Introduction to political theory. Second Edition. London.

Rosen, Michael & Wolff, Jonathan. (1999). Political thought. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Goodwin, B. (2007). Using political ideas. Sussex: John Wiley & Sons.

Caus, G. & Kukathas, C. Handbook of political theory. London: Sage Publications

ECN 103: Microeconomics

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the basic principles of microeconomics. Students will understand theories that explain how the markets operate. Students will make sense of the following concepts and themes: free market economy; supply and demand; theory of the firm; market equilibrium and competition. In addition, students will understand the role of government in the economy; taxes; consumer choices; and prices and profits; monopoly; oligopoly and perfect competition. Finally, students will apply these theories in their contexts.

Required Readings

Robin Bade & Michael Parkin. (2015). Foundations of Microeconomics Plus NEW MyEconLab with Pearson eText — Access Card Package, 7/E – See more at:

R. Glenn Hubbard & Anthony Patrick O’Brien. (2013). Microeconomics Plus NEW MyEconLab with Pearson eText (1-semester Access) — Access Card Package, 5/E.
ISBN-10: 0133826686
ISBN-13: 9780133826685. Temporarily unavailable.
Suggested retail price: $231.67. (Use Previous edition)
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Roger LeRoy Miller. Economics Today Plus NEW MyEconLab with Pearson eText — Access Card Package, 17/E.
ISBN-10: 013314867X
• ISBN-13: 9780133148671 ©2014
Prentice Hall
Cloth Bound with Access Card, 840 pp
Published 03/25/2013
Suggested retail price: $296.73
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POL 108: Statistics

Course Description:

This course aims providing foundational exposure to statistics for the social sciences. Students will learn basic concepts including types of data, sampling methods, rules of probability and how to create and interpret tables and graphs. Moreover, students will develop competency in understanding and applying other statistical concepts such as central tendency and variability, probability and distributions, correlations and regression, hypothesis testing, t-tests, analysis of variance, and chi-square tests. Students will be introduced to using specialized software for statistical analysis such as SPSS.

Required Readings

Jack A. Levin, James Alan Fox & David R. Forde. (2014). Elementary Statistics in Social Research Plus MySearchLab with Pearson eText — Access Card Package, 12/E.
ISBN-10: 0205959814
ISBN-13: 9780205959815 ©2014
Cloth Bound with Access Card, 592 pp.
Published 06/14/2013
Suggested retail price: $209.87
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Richard C. Sprinthall. (2011). Basic Statistical Analysis, 9/E.
ISBN-10: 0205052177
ISBN-13: 9780205052172 ©2011
Cloth, 672 pp.
Published 01/23/2011
Suggested retail price: $206.20
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Richard C. Sprinthall. Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences (with SPSS from A to Z: A Brief Step-by-Step Manual).
ISBN-10: 0205632491
ISBN-13: 9780205632497 ©2009
Kit/Package/ShrinkWrap, 624 pp.
Published 05/23/2008
Suggested retail price: $182.00
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POL 101: Introduction to Political Science

Course Description:

This course aims to provide an overview of political science field. It examines basic theories, concepts, approaches and institutions of political science. The course introduces students the four sub-fields of political theory, comparative politics, international relations and public administration. The ultimate goal of the course is to offer students a strong conceptual foundation in the discipline so that these questions can be studied in more detail throughout the rest of their academic career. Students will study, among other themes, power, different traditions of political thought, liberalism, democracy, political institutions, political culture, political parties and pressure groups, legislative and executive power, judiciary and bureaucracy, and international relations.

Required Readings

Brodie, Janine & Rein, Sandra. (2011). Critical concepts: An introduction to politics (fourth edition). Scarborough: Prentice-Hall. Note: do not purchase or use any earlier edition.

Kevin L. Dooley. Why Politics Matters 2e: An Introduction to Political Science (with CourseReader 0-30: Introduction to Political Science. Cengage Publishing. ISBN-13: 9781285437644 or ISBN-10: 1285437640

Thomas Magstadt. Understanding Politics 10e: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues, International Edition. Cengage Learning m ISBN-13: 9781111835446 ISBN-10: 1111835446

Robert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, and Stephanie Lawson . (2012). Introduction to Politics, Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 560 pages | 246x189mm 978-0-19-960572-9 | Paperback | 19 April 2012 Price: £32.99

Michael G. Roskin, Robert L. Cord, James A. Medeiros & Walter S. Jones. (2014). Political Science: An Introduction Plus NEW MyPolisciLab with Pearson eText– Access Card Package, 13/E.
Pearson Publishing.
ISBN-10: 0205979432.
ISBN-13: 9780205979431, 408 pp.
Published 10/10/2013.
Suggested retail price: $142.47 –
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UNI 117 Understanding Somali Society and Culture

Course Description:

While providing a sociological grounding, the course surveys various features of the Somali society. The first part introduces to students basic concepts and discourses including culture, norms, values, social strata, social groups, identity, and tribalism as a source racism, prejudice and discrimination. The course will emphasize social transformation of the Somali society. In addition, through readings from various Somali and non-Somali scholars in all of the schools of thoughts, students will develop good understanding of the evolution of the Somali society and culture.

Potential Texts

  • J. J. Macionis & Ken Plummer: Sociology: A Global Introduction, 4th ed., London/New York: Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2008.
  • I. M. Lewis, Understanding Somalia
  • Said Samatar and David Laitin. Nation in Search of State.
  • Ali Jimale Ahmed. Invention of Somalia.
  • Abdi Kusow. Putting the Cart Before the Horse.
  • Afyare Elmi. Understanding the Somalia conflagration.
  • Ahmed Samatar. Governance
  • Petter Little. Economy without state.
  • Bildhaan Journal
  • Horn of Africa Journal

UNI 132 Islamic Civilization

Course Description:

The course examines the major contributions of the Islamic civilization in legal, social, economic and cultural aspects. It takes a chronological approach starting with the dawn of Islam to the modern era. Students will learn about Muslim scientists, philosophers, social scientists and artists. Depending on the time, the course will cover a number of thinkers from various fields of knowledge.

Potential Texts

Gettleman, Marvin E. and Stuart Schaar, eds. (2003). The Middle East and Islamic World Reader. New York: Grove Press.

Vernon O. Egger, (2004). A History of the Muslim World to 1405: The Making of a Civilization.

UNI 124 Oral & Written Communication

Course Description:

This is an advanced courses that aims at teaching students how to communicate effectively. Students will learn and practice how to prepare effective presentations in different contexts. Students are expected to develop skills in delivering impromptus, persuasive, and informative speeches. Moreover, students will read, analyze and critique different texts. They will learn and practice in writing opinion/editorial articles, argumentative essays and research papers. Overall, students will develop their analytical and critical thinking skills.

Potential Texts

Stephen E. Lucas. The Art of Public Speaking, 11th Edition or newer and workbook. New York: McGrew-Hill Press.

Students are expected to read New York Times or regular basis.

Rudolph F. Verderber. Speech for Effective Communication

Barrett, D. J. Leadership to Communication

Raimes, Ann. Pocket Keys for Writers 2nd Edition. Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Some of the Following Books and texts are for Critical Analysis

  • The Wretched of Uhuru by Mwenda Mbatiah
  • Town of Cats by Haruki Murakami
  • Ways of Seeing John Berger
  • I write therefore I am: Text in the City by Victoria Carrington
  • I have a dream by Martin Luther King
  • The Dark Side of Dubai, by Johann Hari, The Independent, 7 April 2009
  • Museums and Galaries as Sites for Artistic Intervention by Gerald McMaster
  • Confucian Humanism by Tu Weiming
  • Understanding Conflict and War by R.J Rummel

UNI 121 Globalization

Course Description:

This course surveys concepts and theories of globalization. It explains different forces that benefit from or lose to the current trends of globalization. The course examines economic, political, technological, and cultural aspects of globalization. Moreover, the course discusses identity, conflict, international financial institutions and development of third world countries.

Potential Texts

Lechner, Frank J. and Boli, John. (2008). The Globalization Reader. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN # 978-1-4051-5553-3

Freedman, Thomas. (2005). The world is flat: The globalized world in the twenty-first century. New York: Penguin Books.

Wise, J. MacGregor. (2009). Cultural Globalization: A User’s Guide. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-631-23539-2

Mazrui, Ali. (2004). Islam: Between Globalization and Counter-Terrorism. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press.