The Geopolitics of Natural Resource Disputes module is designed to be hands-on, ground-up and practical. The course splits into 5 sections: first, we provide an analytical and theoretical context for viewing the disputes that we will cover in the module; second, we review how the presence of oil and gas has affected territorial definition and resultant disputes and vice-versa; thirdly, we move on to complex contemporary regional environments that have recently been in the news, for instance, the polar regions, along with more traditional old geopolitical chokepoints such as international straits (with a concentration on the Strait of Hormuz); then we look at two issues that are only going to become more important in the conduct of international relations – trans-boundary environmental disputes and the natural resource rights of emerging states and non-state actors . Then we finish off with 2 sessions dedicated to the assessed group presentations students will make on their elected analyses of the resource geopolitics of various regions.
Please note that this is indicative and may change from year to year.
Eight 2-hour lectures plus two 2-hour programme tutorials
Module assessment - more information
One group presentation (25%); one 3,000 word essay (75%)