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Code ES 504
Term 201702
Title Energy Politics
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject European Studies(ES)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Murat Kaya,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Seminar,On-line task/distance
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning

Energy affects all aspects of individual and collective life. Economic growth requires increasing supplies of energy, making security of supply important for both developing and mature markets. On the other hand, energy producing countries are more concerned about the security of future demand for their exports. After beginning with an introduction to the geopolitics of energy, the course focuses on political, economic, strategic implications of current trends in energy markets. It will also take into account the relationship between energy and environment and alternative sources of energy in the context of the EU energy policy and the Turkish market.

Learning Outcome

> The successful student will be able to
demonstrate substantive knowledge of ho?w energy relates to social, political, and economic aspects of contemporary life on a national, regional or global basis

demonstrate familiarity with sources and databases to obtain reliable information on energy reserves, production, transmission, and distribution

calculate, using these sources and databases independently, energy outlook, energy balance, and project future demand magnitudes

analyze how energy security and the geopolitics of energy affect national and EU policies as well as international relations

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications 5
2 Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas. 5
3 Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach. 5
4 Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject. 5
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas. 5
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study. 5
7 Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently. 5
8 Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals. 5
9 Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving. 5
10 Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. 5
11 Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary. 5
12 Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field. 5
13 Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level. 5
14 Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements. 5
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field. 5
16 Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values. 5
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning 5
2 Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life. 4
3 Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs 5
4 Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments. 5
5 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 5
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
1 Design and model engineering systems and processes and solve engineering problems with an innovative approach.
2 Establish experimental setups, conduct experiments and/or simulations.
3 Analytically acquire and interpret data.
European Studies (with thesis) Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Analyze historical and contemporary developments in Europe, specifically of the European integration process, from a multi-disciplinary perspective. 5
2 Grasp the main dynamics of the European order, politically, historically and economically. 5
3 Explain the European integration process and the EU?s decision-making procedures and it?s institutions. 5
1 Be informed about the design and implementation processes of international policies in Turkey and around the world.
2 Understand the historical development and current functioning of international structures and establishments.
3 Comprehend the structures, roles, and functions of international, regional and inter-governmental organizations.
4 Develop an understanding of the process of foreign policy making, along with its bureaucratic structure, actor-structure relationship, and the interaction with domestic political environment and actors; and to acquire the ability to appraise the effects thereof and to bring forth suggestions for improvement.
5 Obtain the scientific background and formation leading to advanced academic study.
1 Establish a strong theoretical background in several of a broad range of subjects related to the discipline, such as manufacturing processes, service systems design and operation, production planning and control, modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics.
2 Develop novel modeling and / or analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy, also using an interdisciplinary approach whenever appropriate.
3 Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools.
4 Acquire skills to independently explore and tackle problems related to the discipline that were not encountered previously. Develop appropriate modeling, solution, implementation strategies, and assess the quality of the outcome.
Recommended or Required Reading

There is no main textbook for the course. Instead, we will use various reading material including book chapters, white papers and reports. Below, we list a number of sample reading material and resources. Additional readings will be posted at SUCourse from time to time.

? Sustainable energy without the hot air. D. J. MacKay. Free pdf book available at
? The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power. D. Yergin. 2009.
? Decision Making under Uncertainty in Electricity Markets. A. J. Conejo, M. Carrion, J. M. Morales. Springer, 2010.
? IEA World Energy Outlook Report
? US Energy Information Administration
? Note on Energy. Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2008.
? The Global Politics of Energy. Campbell and Price.
? EIA (DOE) International Energy Outlook 2010
? ExxonMobil ?The Outlook for Energy A View to 2030?
? Royal Dutch Shell ?Shell energy scenarios to 2050?
? Ahmet O. Evin, Energy and Turkey?s Neighborhood: Post Soviet Transformations and Transatlantic Interests