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Geopolitics of Energy


Credits: 4 ECTS

First semester

Pathway core courses




The course analyzes how hydrocarbon energy (oil and natural gas) has shaped the politics of development and international relations. Industrial consumer societies, military force projection and the feeding of 7 billion people all would be impossible without oil and gas. The course takes a specific look at the Middle East and Eurasia as the largest producer regions of these commodities and how their resource endowments have shaped their domestic politics in so called rentier states. The inner workings of global energy markets are analyzed, how they are regulated and how they are influenced by politics. Finally, the course looks beyond hydrocarbons and analyzes the shifting role of other sources in the energy mix like coal, renewables and nuclear energy.


  • Short essay on required AND optional readings of one week’s course readings (2000 words). The essay is due in October: 30% of grade
  • Quiz (30 min.) with 20 multiple choice questions, Session 7, November: 20% of grade
  • Final paper (3000-4000 words incl. references): 50%