United Kingdom, London

Energy Policy and Geopolitics

when 4 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This course introduces students to the problems of energy policy and energy geopolitics in a broad international context. It develops an understanding of core theoretical approaches and continues with an in-depth analysis of key domestic and international cases, combining perspectives from the Global North and South providing a critical comparative analysis of energy policy developments.

Teaching draws on the fields of political economy, international relations, public policy and geography to understand and analyse developments in the global energy landscape through a theoretical lens. This theoretical approach is reinforced through the study of key case studies from across the world in energy policy; highlighting the different approaches pursued by a number of countries in the international system, as well as by international organizations such as the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Students answer key questions related to the study of energy policy and geopolitics, discussing whether the quest for energy and resources represents the ‘New Great Game’ of the 21st century and how greater demand for energy resources is creating tensions and conflict between countries in the international system.

Course leader

Dr Harald Heubaum and Dr Feja Lesniewska

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should have:

Excellent understanding of the nature and development of energy policy and energy geopolitics in an international context, drawing on a variety of contributing disciplines;
In-depth knowledge of key cases of energy policy and geopolitics and the ability to critically evaluate them;
Ability to clearly and convincingly articulate theoretical and empirical insights verbally and in writing.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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