SEST-594-01 Energy and Security
Fall for 2017-2018
Spring for 2017-2018
So, what is the class all about?
The class is a survey of the energy systems of some of the most fascinating and important countries and regions on the planet. The countries and regions covered will include, Iran, Japan, China, India, Africa, Southeast Asia, Russia, the EU, the Arctic, Australia and the US. Because of its great importance for oil and gas energy systems, the Middle East and North Africa will be parts of the discussions on just about all of these other regions and countries. This class will also focus on how the energy systems of these countries and regions are connected with global energy, economic, diplomatic, political and military systems.
This is a class that uses strategic thinking about how energy and security are tied to other ideas and issues, such as water and food security, wars, insurgencies, and conflicts and more. There will also be discussions about energy sanctions, subsidies, cap-and-trade, carbon taxation and other economic and political policies that can be applied to energy systems. The energy-environment nexus will be discussed throughout the term as it applies to the various regions and countries we will be discussing.
The class will present important and emerging energy technologies and how they work, for oil, gas, coal, nuclear, renewable energies, such as wind, solar, power towers, hybrid systems, tidal power, geothermal, ocean energy, energy storage and energy efficiency --- which may be the largest source of energy in the future. These technologies will be presented in easy-to-understand ways with in a focus toward practical applications of the knowledge gained.
This is a practical class. One of its main purposes is to get you up to speed on how energy systems work and how energy systems are important for security and strategic issues in the big picture. Another set of purposes can be found in the global reach of the class, which not only introduces energy systems of some of the most interesting places on the planet, but also ties those energy systems to many national, regional and global threats and opportunities. We will discuss the economics, politics, and cultures (yes, culture can affect energy use and energy security) of places like Russia, India, China, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Iran and many more.
I am somewhat flexible on the topics and countries we will cover. If you are interested in other aspects of energy and security send me an email and we can talk about how that might be incorporated into the class.
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Fall '17: Sullivan, P. (description)
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SEST-594-02 Energy and Security
Fall for 2017-2018
Spring for 2017-2018
This course starts out with the presumption that energy is inherently a security issue, and creates an evaluative framework for identifying and understanding how energy events in one or more places can trigger a geopolitical impact – and a security issue – elsewhere. The main methodology is history – events and case studies – and the course thus is both chronological and thematic. The course also covers the economics of energy, and the impact of new energy technology on geopolitics. Events covered in one section spill over into today’s events, so a course requirement is to monitor a daily newspaper such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, or The New York Times. Course requirements include class participation, a mid-term paper and a final paper, along with a short class presentation. These papers are case studies that demonstrate both an absorption of reading and lecture material and an ability to apply them. No specific background is required.
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