United Kingdom, London

Global Energy Politics

when 27 June 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
fee GBP 1590

Energy poses many of the defining political, economic and environmental questions of our age.
On this module you’ll consider issues such as energy security, the geopolitics of energy, war for natural resources, the political economy of energy, the curse of natural resources in resource rich developing countries, and the politics of climate change. Studying real world cases and gaining face-to-face insight from leading experts, you will gain a clear conceptual framework to support their understanding of the energy challenges of the future.
Crucially, we will treat energy as a single area of concern in international relations – examining issues like climate change, geo-politics, and energy security as part of the same underlying contemporary system of energy production and consumption. This unique approach not only offers you the bigger picture, but above all, identifies the deep connections between seemingly unrelated political issues, bridging the gap between academic theory and the logic of real-world politics with visits to an energy company and with energy analysts as well as a dynamic two-day simulation of political climate change negotiations.

Course leader

Alexandra Bocse

Target group

This module is suited to students and/or professionals from different backgrounds with an interest in international energy politics and energy-related environmental politics. It is suitable for students from all backgrounds.

Course aim

By the end of the module you will be able to:
- Identify, understand and apply major ideas and concepts used in key theories of International Relations;
- Understand and analyse the contemporary system of global energy consumption and production;
- Use academic insights to understand and explain current energy-related problems facing individual countries and the international community as a whole;
- Work out a coherent political position based on available data and analysis of national interest, and the ability to represent and negotiate this position in a complex political environment.

Credits info

Many of our students get credit for the summer modules taken at King’s. You should approach your home university before applying as it is up to them to apply the credit to your degree programme. We would recommend a three week module would be equivalent to 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Fee info

GBP 1590: Tuition fee only