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PI5518: INTERNATIONAL ENERGY SECURITY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 11:15


Course Overview

Topics:

Oil and Security – how oil crises have occurred since 1973, with a focus on the energy demand and supply pressures and the political factors triggering the 1973 and 1979 oil crises. OPEC and IEA. The factors underpinning the oil crisis of 2008 and its relationships to world economic crisis. The role of China in oil politics.

Natural Gas, the EU and Russia. How conceptions of (natural gas) energy security are constructed and implemented in the EU and Russia –Nuclear Power and energy security;– eg Iran .

Climate Security

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 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

Topics: Oil and Security – how oil crises have occurred since 1973, with a focus on the energy demand and supply pressures and the political factors triggering the 1973 and 1979 oil crises. How these crises were directly and indirectly related to political pressures. The politics of the emergence, power and decline of OPEC and the western attempts to counter this through initiatives such as the IEA. The impact of oil crises on geopolitical balances and outcomes. The politics of the emergence, power and decline of OPEC and the western attempts to counter this through initiatives such as the IEA. The factors underpinning the oil crisis of 2008 and its relationships to world economic crisis. The role of China in oil politics. Natural Gas, the EU and Russia. How conceptions of (natural gas) energy security are constructed and implemented in the EU and Russia – the approach to markets; liberalisation (EU) and monopoly (Gazprom) and how the two interact Nuclear Power and energy security; what links does nuclear power have or have not with nuclear weapons? –Iran will feature as a case study. Conflicting approaches to nuclear power and energy security – UK and Germany, and alternative approaches to security through renewable energy strategies Climate Security– how climate security interacts with other notions of environmental and human security.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

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

Contact Teaching Time

84 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

Class presentation (10%); essay (4000 words in length; 40%), and three hour exam (50%).

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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