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Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Toke

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Either International Relations (IR) (Studied) or Politics (PI) (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • 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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Essay (3000 words) - 50%

Exam - 50%

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Second attempt at whatever part of the assignment the student failed.  

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseTo achieve an understanding of the main issues of energy and climate change politics.
ConceptualEvaluateTo achieve an understanding of how issues in energy and climate politics relate to political theory.

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