Global Energy Politics POLITIC4168

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to provide an overview of the concepts and main approaches that are used in the study of global energy politics. Grounded in International Political Economy and related sub-fields, this course will equip students with a framework for understanding and analysing the political stakes and trade-offs involved in addressing the global energy challenge of ensuring secure, sustainable and affordable access to energy supplies for all.

Timetable

This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

One policy brief (25%),

One essay, approximately 3000 words (65%),

Participation (10%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

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Course Aims

This course aims to provide an overview of the concepts and main approaches that are used in the study of global energy politics. Grounded in International Political Economy and related sub-fields, this course will equip students with a framework for understanding and analysing the political stakes and trade-offs involved in addressing the global energy challenge of ensuring secure, sustainable and affordable access to energy supplies for all.

 

This course will be comprised of three interconnected sections. The first section will introduce students to the fundamentals of energy systems - their political, economic and technical characteristics and the interactions between these different elements. This will provide students with the core concepts and theories they require for analysing global energy politics. The second section will focus on the three areas of energy politics which together comprise the global policy challenge - security, sustainability and affordable access. Students will apply what they have learned in the first section of the course to these areas in order to understand the political stakes involved, and to evaluate the inevitable trade-offs involved in addressing all three aspects of the global energy challenge. The third section will deepen this analysis through the detailed examination of cross-cutting political issues in global energy politics.

 

This course will consist of 10 topics. The specific topics may vary within a given year, but will be based on the tripartite structure set out above. A sample list of seminar topics is set out below:

■ The Global Energy Challenge

■ Evolution and Dynamics of Energy Systems

■ Political Economy of Energy

■ Global Energy Governance

■ Energy and Climate Change

■ Development, Access and Energy Poverty

■ Energy (In)security

■ Transit and Infrastructure

■ Technology, Innovation and Energy Transitions

■ Energy Futures

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the major theories about the global politics of energy;

■ Apply relevant concepts and theories to analyse the interaction between the political, economic and technical aspects of energy systems;

■ Interpret a range of quantitative and qualitative social research findings regarding national, regional and international energy systems;

■ Critically assess the different goals of energy policy and governance, and identify the key trade-offs involved in achieving these goals;

■ Evaluate the political and economic implications of adopting different policy measures;

■ Advance reasoned and factually supported arguments, both orally and in writing.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.