MBA 7304

International Energy Policies

Course ID
MBA 7304
4 CU

Module Overview

The course will introduce students to the major theoretical lenses that can be used to explain how societies design and implement public policies related to energy. The course will apply these theories to major current and historical issues in energy policy, such as the bio fuels, the management of national oil companies, electric power market restructuring, climate change, and the functioning of OPEC.

In a global perspective, energy policies serve multiple goals, including those of (a) meeting increasing energy demand, driven in large part by growing populations and rising incomes, (b) satisfying basic needs of about two billion people who suffer badly from inadequate access to useable energy, and (c) responding to the increasing risk of severe environmental damage caused by prevailing patterns of energy production, distribution and consumption.

Energy policies are inextricably linked to geopolitical concerns about energy security and to competition in international markets and international politics.


This course is designed to provide an understanding of how the international politics of energy is driven and shaped by the above goals and concerns, and how different actors respond to the particular challenges and dilemmas they face.

Mode of Delivery

Group discussions and

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, students would be able to:

• Obtain a basic understanding of the structure and dynamics of energy systems.
• Improve their knowledge about global oil markets and European energy markets.
• Improve their understanding of the geopolitics of energy security.
• Acquire a better understanding of attempts to drive a transition towards sustainable energy systems, and the roles of non-governmental as well as governmental actors in that process.
• Improve their knowledge of the energy challenges and policy profiles of key actors.
• The students will have an understanding of international interrelations in energy, conflicts over resources, security of supply and security of demand. In addition, discussion on energy governance will be discussed.


• Assignments and Case Studies 60%
• Final Examination 40%