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PI5025: ENERGY POLITICS (2017-2018)

Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 11:48


Course Overview

History and politics of energy since WW2. Nuclear Power politics – rise, fall and non-rise?. Renewable energy politics, rise and stagnation or triumph?  EU politics of liberalisation and interventions such as the EU ETS. Environmental politics and oil; conserving nature and extracting oil Arguments about regulations on oil and gas, planning arguments, arguments about oil spills, protests (eg Brent Spar). The politics of natural gas. The case of ‘fracking’. The course will discuss how economics and politics interact. No prior technical or econometric knowledge is required for this course.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr David Toke

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

History and politics of energy in the UK since WW2, with a focus on nationalisation then privatisation of oil, gas and electricity and its impacts, and recent emphases on climate change and energy security 2. Nuclear Power politics: The decline, and arguable rise of nuclear power. The interaction between the politics of Electricity Market Reform and business pressure 3. Renewable energy politics: the rise of renewable energy using international examples. The politics of renewable energy in the UK and how it is involved and affected by incentive regimes such as the Renewables Obligation and EU politics. 4. EU politics of liberalisation and interventions such as the EU ETS 5. Environmental politics and oil; conserving nature and extracting oil – what are the contradictions? What are the arguments about regulations on oil and gas, planning arguments, arguments about oil spills, protests (eg Brent Spar). 6. The politics of natural gas. The case of ‘fracking’.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Energy Politics and Law
  • Master Of Science In Strategic Studies & Energy Security (Sept Start)

Contact Teaching Time

39 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

Exam 90%
Presentation 10%

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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