The International Politics of Energy

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The International Politics of Energy

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    International Politics, International Studies, Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Module description:
    The overall educational aim of this module is to provide students with a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of the role of energy (mainly fossil) in international politics. Using a variety of academic literature and applied case studies, the module consolidates the students? understanding of the major themes and theoretical perspectives developed in the core modules making up the undergraduate programmes.
    The specific academic aims of the module are to:
    *Introduce students to the concept of energy security.
    *Introduce students to the theoretical approaches of International Relations and International Political Economy.
    *Enable students to analyse the role of energy in international politics.
    *Enable students to understand and critically assess the importance of energy to developments in politics and international studies.
    *More generic academic aims are to:
    *Encourage scholarly engagement with, and critical evaluation of, core literature in the field, both past and current.
    *Enhance students? ability creatively to use evidence from a wide array of material.
    *Encourage students to use theory and empirical evidence critically to explain contemporary issues in politics and international studies.

    Credit level: 5

    Credit value: 15

    Assessment: written examination/s; coursework;

    1 x 2,500 word essay (45% of overall module mark)
    Attendance and Participation (10% of overall module mark)

    1 x unseen written exam (45% of overall module mark)

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