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FUTURE OF ENERGY: GEOPOLITICS, RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Aliya Tskhay PhD, Course Convenor

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The way we use energy resources lies at the heart of finding solutions to climate change. The energy sector is one of the main contributors to climate change through the use of hydrocarbons, and yet the innovations in it can help build a sustainable future. In this course, students will learn about the main energy resources and modern-day energy systems, spanning from the history of the industrial revolution to the technological progress required to achieve carbon-neutrality. The course will also explore the political and socio-economic implications of energy policies domestically, regionally, and internationally. 

This course will be of interest to those who want to know more about energy relations between states, interdependencies, price volatility, and how the future of energy will look like.

Language of instruction: English

Duration of the course: 7 weeks 

Estimated workload: 25 hours

WHAT THE PROGRAMME COVERS

Students will learn about:

  • Geopolitical factors that influence energy relations between states;

  • Domestic energy use and wider geopolitical impact;

  • Modern technological progress and energy transition;

  • Implications to International Relations with the transition to the carbon-neutral world.

Course Objectives

  • To provide basic and yet analytical and quantitative skills to study, energy policies;

  • To break down complex structures and relationships in the energy sector between producers, suppliers, consumers and regulators.

  • To teach students to identify the components of energy relations between states and geopolitical factors.

HOW YOU WILL WORK DURING THE PROGRAMME

The programme takes place online by integrating both live and video lecturing, collaborative learning through discussion forums and individual case study work. During the programme, students will be tested with short quizzes, case studies  and a final policy paper at the end of the course.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

Orientation

  1. Welcome to the programme

  2. Practical information

Module I: Myths about the geopolitics of energy​


Module II: History of energy systems: From industrial revolution to the future of energy​


Module III: Energy markets and prices


Module IV: Oil and gas industry


Module V: Renewables


Module VI: Energy and environment


Module VII: Implications to International Relations

Discussion

  1. Recap

  2. Individual feedback

COURSE CONVENOR

Aliya Tskhay PhD.

 

Aliya Tskhay PhD.

Aliya Tskhay is an expert on energy policy, international norms and politics in Eurasia with teaching experience in several higher education institutions across the world (including Austria, Japan, and the UK). She has published extensively on these topics in academic and policy-oriented outlets, including the monograph Global norm compliance: A Study on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (2020). She also engages in consultancy and political advisory work. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, UK.

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