The Geopolitics and Geo-economics of Global Energy OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Social Science Class on Global Energy

Published Feb 05, 2009

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Global energy has been a hot-button topic for over a decade, garnering controversy and attention from scientists, consumers and especially politicians. 'The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global Energy' examines the strategic consequences of trends in global energy markets. This OpenCourseWare is offered for free online by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and may be useful for students studying Political Science.

The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global Energy: Course Specifics

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The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global Energy: Course Description

This course analyzes the political and economic implications of energy market trends and explores the market from multiple perspectives. Global markets for natural gas and crude oil are emphasized. Through the lecture notes included in this OpenCourseWare, students study the world's top gas and oil-producing regions, including the Middle East, Russia, the Caspian Region, the North Sea and Venezuela. Students also examine the relationships between resource producers and consumers, focusing on the U.S., China, India and Japan. Other topics covered include market power, interdependence on energy, the global oil production peak and current and future U.S. foreign policy decisions, particularly regarding China. Professors Flynt Leverett and Paul Staniland taught this lecture course on the MIT campus as part of the undergraduate curriculum for the Political Science department. 'The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global Energy' is also appropriate for graduate students.

This OpenCourseWare contains lecture notes, an extensive reading list and exams. To download these materials and learn about global energy, visit the geopolitics and geoeconomics course page.

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