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Course Overview

Energy and Climate Politics is a course designed to increase understanding of how energy and climate politics affects conventional political analysis and vice versa. EU politics of energy, controversies surrounding electricity market reform in the UK, how problems of energy security and climate change interact are among the topics.
How contemporary political issues are illustrated by energy issues is an important subject for discussion - for example electricity policy and the debate about the referendum and devolution and the issue of how different political systems work in their policy consultation patterns are important topics in the course.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Toke

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of International Relations (IR) (Studied) or Politics (PI) (Studied) or MA European Studies (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

There will be a study of international politics of climate change; the attempts to agree international agreements about climate change and also energy policies at a global and European level. The interaction with the politics of (energy) resource depletion including oil and gas politics will be studied. The emergence and outcome of energy policies in the UK will be studied, including an emphasis on the politics of Electricity Market Reform and also how energy policies interact with devolution arrangements especially in regard of renewable energy.

Further Information & Notes

The aims are to learn about how energy and climate issues affect the domestic and international political agenda.
Available only to students in Politics OR International Relations degrees.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 2000-word essay (40%), tutorial participation (10%), and one 3-hour written examination (50%)

Resit: One 2-hour written examination

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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