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The International Politics of Energy (Module)

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).

Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information


Teaching pattern

1-hour lectures and 1-hour seminars weekly

Module assessment - more information

2-hour examination (45%), 2,500-word essay (45%) & participation (10%)

Key information

Module code 5SSPP208

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module Yes