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  • Classes Start
  • sep 14 2015
  • Classes End
  • nov 30 2015
  • Estimated Effort
  • 03:00 h/week
  • Language
  • English

About the course :

Energy issues have always been important in international relations, but in recent years may have become even more important than in the past due to the widespread awareness of existing limits to energy sources and negative climate impacts. The course discusses global trends in energy consumption and production, various available scenarios for potential developments in the coming decades, the availability of oil reserves and the evolution of the oil industry. It then discusses natural gas and highlights the differences between oil and gas. It will also discuss renewable energy sources, nuclear energy and EU energy policy.

The course aims at providing students whose main interest is in international relations a background on energy resources, technology and economic realities to allow them to correctly interpret the political impact of current developments. It also aims at providing students, who already have a technical background in energy science or engineering, with the broad global view of energy issues that will allow them to better understand the social, economic and political impact of their technical knowledge.

The course is divided into 8 sequences. Each sequence is largely illustrated with different types of contents : video either produced by the professor or extracted from professional and academic sources, interviews with specialists of the field, animated graphics and diagrams, international companies scenarios, press and scientific articles. Here are the 8 sequences:

About the instructor :

Giacomo Luciani

Scientific Advisor for the Master in International Energy at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) Sciences Po, Giacomo Luciani is also Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and Director of the Executive Master in International Oil and Gas Leadership. For the period 2010-13 he was appointed Princeton University Global Scholar, attached to the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Near Eastern Studies. His research focuses on the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa and on global energy issues.


Sorbonne Paris Cité

Supported by Université Sorbonne Paris Cité


Investissements d'Avenir

Ce cours est financé sur le programme d'Investissements d'Avenir lancé par l'Etat et mis en oeuvre par l'ANR.

Who can attend this course :

The course is very accessible to a wide public. But it will also provide a lot of resources for those who have an advanced level, like professionals and opinion leaders with an interest in international energy relations and policies. Energy is prominently present in the media almost every day and having a sound understanding of the nexus between technical and political considerations is essential to politicians, diplomats, journalists as well as executives of energy companies to correctly evaluate their options and strategies.

Course Syllabus :

  • Week #1 : Introduction to global energy trends and scenarios
  • Energy and Development – Energy Transitions – Energy Poverty

  • Week #2 : Oil formation, exploration and production
  • Oil formation – different kinds of deposits – exploration technology – production technology – environmental impact

  • Week #3 : Global oil reserves and resources
  • Energy and Development – Energy Transitions – Energy Povertdistribution of global oil reserves and resources - what is the meaning of reserves – oil production – the impact of nonconventional oil

  • Week #4 : Gas: The economics of natural gas
  • What is natural gas and how it differs from oil – gas networks – pipeline gas – LNG

  • Week #5 : The geopolitics of natural gas
  • Domestic production and imports of gas in Europe – EU-Russia relations – security of supply issues

  • Week #6 : Renewable energy sources
  • Main sources of renewable energy – renewable sources for heat and transport – renewable sources for power generation – intermittency

  • Week #7 : Nuclear energy
  • Nuclear after Fukushima - economics of nuclear energy – waste disposal – safety – alternative nuclear technologies – nuclear energy and non-proliferation

  • Week #8 : Dilemmas of (European) energy policy
  • Energy and competitiveness – energy security – energy and the environment

    Recommended background :

    The course requires no special scientific, mathematical or economic background; all key concepts are clearly and elementarily explained. It is expected that it will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students in schools where an equivalent course is not offered (this being the case for the vast majority of schools).

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