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IR467 Energy Security

The objective of the Energy Security class for undergraduate students is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the concept of energy security and its importance in the global context. Students will learn about the various sources of energy and the challenges associated with securing energy supply in a sustainable manner. The class will focus on the energy security of the European Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina, highlighting the unique challenges faced by each region. The course will analyze the factors that influence energy security, including geopolitical, economic, and technological considerations. Students will evaluate the effectiveness of different energy security strategies and identify the trade-offs involved in implementing them. Additionally, students will learn about the role of international institutions, governments, and corporations in ensuring energy security and the potential for cooperation between these actors to address energy security challenges. The course will also introduce students to the concept of energy transition, including the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and the implications of this transition for energy security. This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the key issues and challenges related to energy security.

The course was offered in Spring 2023 semester.

SPS509 EU and Energy Politics

The objectives of this course encompass a comprehensive understanding of EU energy politics. It involves tracing EU energy policies’ historical, legal, and geopolitical evolution. An analysis of key energy political concepts within the EU context will be undertaken. Moreover, the course seeks to evaluate the challenges and opportunities intrinsic to EU energy security while considering its broader geopolitical implications. The integration of the EU energy market will be critically examined, encompassing the assessment of associated benefits, challenges, and national policies. Within this framework, the course will explore the EU’s renewable energy policies, including examining targets and the strategies formulated for promoting sustainable energy practices. Furthermore, the EU’s role in the global energy transition will be investigated, focusing on aligning with overarching climate goals and pursuing low-carbon economies. A dedicated portion of the course will be dedicated to energy diplomacy, offering an analytical exploration of EU strategies in external energy relations. Lastly, the course will delve into cross-border energy projects, shedding light on their multifaceted impact on energy security, market integration, and broader geopolitical dynamics.

The course is expected to be offered in Spring 2024 semester

IR651 World Energy Politics

The course “World Energy Politics,” with a specific focus on the European Union aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the intricate dynamics that shape the EU’s energy landscape in a global context. Throughout the course, students will delve into the historical evolution of EU energy policies, gaining insights into the foundational treaties and agreements that have shaped its energy trajectory. Energy security, a critical concern in today’s geopolitical environment, will be explored, enabling students to analyze the EU’s strategies to ensure stable energy supplies. The course will also delve into the integration of the EU energy market, examining its challenges and advantages. Renewable energy transition will be a significant aspect of the study, encompassing an evaluation of the EU’s policies and targets in the context of technological advancements and economic implications. Geopolitics will take center stage as students analyze the EU’s energy relations with the world, investigating diplomatic strategies and external partnerships. The alignment of the EU’s energy policies with global climate goals and its role in the broader energy transition will be thoroughly examined. Students will gain a nuanced understanding of energy diplomacy, natural gas policies, nuclear energy’s role, energy efficiency measures, and cross-border energy projects within the EU. Technological innovations in the energy sector will be explored, along with policies that influence energy prices and their socio-economic impacts on consumers. Finally, the course will encourage students to anticipate the future of world energy politics and the evolving role the EU is likely to play in shaping it.

The course is expected to be offered in Spring 2024 semester