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Code IR 404
Term 201702
Title Energy Politics
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject International Relations(IR)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Murat Kaya,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
SPS102 SPS101
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Seminar,On-line task/distance
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Task 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 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 5
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 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 Demonstrate an understanding of economics, and main functional areas of management.
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level.
International Studies Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Analyze global affairs from international relations and economics perspectives. 5
2 Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the international affairs. 5
3 Compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging global institutions. 5
4 Evaluate the international political events and present their views and positions on international affairs with advanced oral and written skills. 5
Political Science Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, ideas and structures. 5
2 Develop the ability to make logical inferences about social and political issues on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge. 5
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