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DAFF 3015A - Energy Security and International Politics in the Contemporary World

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Energy is the lifeblood of economic development and military prowess. From the very beginning of the twentieth century, concerns about the availability of supply have influenced the formulation of national policy, shaping perceptions of security and determining patterns of international cooperation and competition. Ensuring access to affordable oil, in particular, has become through the decades a strategic priority and a prime reason for intergovernmental attrition. Today, while we continue to wait for sustainable alternatives, fossil fuels remain the key to political stability and regional growth. The course explores the intersection between national power, security, and energy access and has a strong historical foundation. It is designed to introduce students to the importance of energy-related issues in international politics and provide them with the analytical tools to critically understand some of the main cultural, social, and political processes surrounding the access to energy, thus facilitating the interpretation of today's geopolitical landscape


DI TOMMASO, Gaetano (Doctorant)

Course validation

The Final Grade will be based upon: - Participation in the in-class activities (depending on the size of the class, there will be individual presentations and/or role play scenarios to discuss together the main issues associated with energy production and access): 30% ; - Written Assignment (final test with a few short-answer questions on the core elements of the course): 40% ; - Short Research Paper (2,500-3,000 words): 40%.

Required reading

Kalicki, Jan H., Goldwyn, David L. (Eds.) Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition (2nd ed., 2013)

Additional required reading

  • Goldthau, Andreas, The Handbook of Global Energy Policy (2013)
  • Yergin, Daniel; The Prize, the Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (1991)
  • Yergin, Daniel, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World (2012)
  • Klare, Michael, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (2009)