Global Energy Politics

Undergraduate Honours

Energy is central to almost every area of human activity.  The computer I am writing this on, the smartphone in your pocket, and the heating in your home all depend on the availability of sufficient and affordable energy supplies.  Without those supplies, the way in which we live our lives in the developed world would be dramatically altered.  In much of the rest of the world, things are very different.  Around 1.1 billion people currently lack access to any form of electricity, and 2.5 billion have no access to clean cooking facilities, relying instead on traditional biomass and wood.  Moreover, energy use is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in climate change that could be devastating for our shared environment.

The aim of this class is to provide an overview of the main concepts and approaches that are used in the study of global energy politics.  Grounded in International Political Economy and related sub-fields, this course will equip students with a framework for understanding and analysing the political stakes and trade-offs involved in addressing the global energy challenge of ensuring secure, sustainable and affordable access to energy supplies for all.

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War and International Security

Undergraduate Honours

The overarching aim of this course is to provide students with the conceptual and theoretical tools for understanding the causes of war and conflict. This course combines the critical evaluation of different theories of the causes of war and peace, with the application of those theories to both wars in general and specific cases of war. Building on this foundation, the latter part of the course will also involve and examination of contemporary debates about potential sources of future conflict.