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The International Politics of Energy

Key information

  • Module code:

    5SSPP208

  • Level:

    5

  • Semester:

      Spring

  • Credit value:

    15

Module description

This module provides an introduction to the role of energy in developments in politics and international studies. The course introduces the main contemporary issues related to the energy sector in terms of the history and development of conventional and also renewable energy resources, and how the global governance of energy has evolved. Using case studies, challenges such as resource wars, the resource ‘curse’, and climate change will be examined as well as the links between energy policy and foreign policy. In doing so the importance of ideas, ideology and power relationships in determining national and international policy outcomes will be examined. How actors understand their energy security will also be considered(supply security, price security and environmental security).

Assessment details

'An appropriate assessment pattern will be set which may include but not limited to one or several of the following; Written coursework, group work, unseen timed examinations, participation etc'

Educational aims & objectives

The specific academic aims of the module are to: - Introduce students to the concept of energy security - Introduce students to the theoretical approaches of International Relations and International Political Economy - Enable students to analyse the role of energy in international politics - Enable students to understand and critically assess the importance of energy to developments in politics and international studies More generic academic aims are to: - Encourage scholarly engagement with, and critical evaluation of, core literature in the field, both past and current; - Enhance students' ability creatively to use evidence from a wide array of material; - Encourage students to use theory and empirical evidence critically to explain contemporary issues in politics and international studies.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module students will be able to: - Describe and understand the concept of energy security and international energy politics - Situate the emergence of international energy issues in theoretical debates in International Relations and International Political Economy, and consider this within its regional and historical context - Analyse critically and evaluate key original texts examining energy security and international energy politics - Demonstrate research, presentation and communication skills through preparation for, and participation in, seminars.

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