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Global Energy and Climate Policy

GDM125

The course will familiarise students with historical, technological, political, regulatory and economic aspects, drawing on a multitude of examples from both the Global North and South.

Topics covered

This module provides students with an understanding of key themes and approaches in the study of global energy and climate policy as two closely interrelated global challenges. Climate change and energy security have impacts well beyond their respective policy arenas. This is especially the case as the consequences of global climate change begin to materialise and countries around the world are struggling to shift from high-carbon to low-carbon economic pathways. More specifically, Global Energy and Climate Policy examines the changing role of key energy sources such as crude oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear power and renewables, with a view to national energy portfolios, international energy markets and global climate change negotiations. It investigates international regime formation and diplomatic landscapes in the energy and climate change fields, analyses the geopolitical dimensions of energy supply and demand, and provides a close examination of regulatory approaches to cutting greenhouse gases.

Assessment

  • Five written online activities (30% of the module mark)
  • 5,000 word essay (70%).