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The Politics Of Energy Security In Eurasia (Module)

Module description

The Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia module will focus on the evolving geopolitics of energy security in Eurasia. The module’s emphasis will be on Russia and Eurasia’s place in global energy, with a focus on the relationships between the key suppliers of oil and gas (Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan) and key markets (the European Union and Asia). The module will also provide a theoretical framework on energy security and geopolitics, historical perspective on natural resources as a source of power and conflict, and a comprehensive understanding of the changing economic and structural imperatives in the hydrocarbons sectors with implications for Eurasia.
This module aims to educate students the proper research, analytical and presentation skills that will enhance their employability and professional growth. For the purpose, we will go beyond the traditional subject of Eurasian pipeline politics—an area well covered in daily news outlets. Our approach will be based on an in-depth analysis of energy balances of select countries in Eurasia, ensuring that energy economics is well integrated in our discussion of Eurasian energy geopolitics. We will employ a solid theoretical framework and analytical tools such as developing building blocks for energy scenarios, and we will be mindful of changing fundamentals in the international energy markets.

Staff information

Dr Adnan Vatansever

Teaching pattern

10 x 2-hour weekly seminars

Module assessment - more information

1 x 2000-word policy memo (30% including presentation)
1 x 3000-word essay (50%)
Excel model with 1000 word analytical summary (20%)

Key information

Module code 7YYR0005

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 20

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module Yes