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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. 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. 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). USPC Sorbonne Paris Cité Supported by Université Sorbonne Paris Cité IDEX Investissements d'Avenir Funded by Investissements d'Avenir - 'ANR. Info : Course content : Licence Creative Commons BY NC SA...

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A good intro into global political aspects linked to the energy sector.

Enjoyed the diverse topics covered and the scope of study. Exams were a good assessment tool too


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I loved the course. The study material was well explained. There were presented many interesting facts and curiosities, and good first insight into Politics and Economics of International Energy.

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By Lampredi F

Dec 12, 2020

Given the fast evolution in the area of renewable the course is maybe a little outdated. However the dynamics behind political decisions never change. Here the course is superb. Only one note on week 3's test. May I suggest to review the questions? Looks like there are some for which multiple answers suit, depending and which lesson/ video you see

By Andrea M

Nov 13, 2020

The course provides a broad perspective of energy and international energy relationships touching on most of the high-level industry-driven topics. Although the technical aspect is not so well developed (as it should be, being a non-technical course) the socio-economic-policy aspects are well described with suitable examples.

By Teddy A

Sep 29, 2022

Comprehensive learnings with having the knowledge of the international political energy movement framework, both for dispatchable and non-dispatchable energy sources. Please provide more relevant global business cases that relevant with political situations, in each region. Thank you very much for sharing the knowledge!

By Diego A

Jul 21, 2019

I loved it, the only thing is that it would be awesome that they explain deeper the politics of petroleum. The impact of OPEC and an interesting fact is that countries do not say that their oil reserves increase because it would cause a diminish on the oil prices and so on. Great course, thanks Giacomo!

By Sheena N

Sep 8, 2019

Very interesting insight into geopolitics of energy. It would be nice to see a more heavy focus on the application of economic theory - however, given that this is just an introduction, it did well to wet my appetite to continue researching global energy economics and politics further.

By Diana S

Nov 15, 2018

Definitely, it needs to be outdated. There is a lot of relevant events that have happened (or have not happened I would say) since COP21 that are crucial for the energy discussion. Notwithstanding it is a very complete, detailed, well referenced and neutral course. 100% recommended.

By Stefano

Apr 5, 2023

Very good content about international energy, low content about geopolitics, this is not a critic, because i really like geopolitics and i was expecting more about this last matter and i really enjoyed the interview with Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, she is a good expert. Good Course!!

By Brian B

Aug 2, 2017

An excellent introduction to the subjects. Perhaps the emphasis on Europe is high in proportion to the rest of the world. Little information about developing countries.

More extra readings and references would be appreciated.

Some of the link to video resources no longer work.

By Claudia A O B

Aug 9, 2020

El curso es bastante completo en su objetivo de enseñar política y economía en el mercado energético. Eso si le agregaría ir analizando escenarios a partir de lo aprendido, pero en general me gustó mucho el curso y las instancias de discusión

By Brendan H

Feb 6, 2017

Overall a good introduction to the current state of global energy supply and demand. It covers basic information about the controversy of nuclear vs renewables though personally I would have liked a little more detail on this point

By Ignacio M E

May 18, 2017

Excellent introduction to the issue. The only thing I miss is a chapter on the challenges that face developing countries to give their populations access to reliable and preferably non-carbon dependent energy sources

By Grant L

Oct 7, 2020

A good intro into global political aspects linked to the energy sector.

Enjoyed the diverse topics covered and the scope of study. Exams were a good assessment tool too

By Briac d P

Nov 25, 2020

Certaines données ne sont plus à jour et la partie "politics" a été un peu survendue mais c'est globalement intéressant et donne une bonne idée du monde de l'énergie

By Joshua A

Oct 4, 2022

the course provides a lot of knowledge save that some of the materials are outdated and need to be updated to reflect current happenings in the industry.......

By Dewan T

Oct 23, 2023

A great course to understand the basics of energy economics. It discussed the politics of Russian natural gas only, could discuss the politics of oil also.

By may t

Jul 7, 2020

This course gives me good insight about politics and economics of international energy. It would be better if this course is updated with current updates.

By Timothée J

Jul 30, 2019

Great course to master the energy issues of modern societies, thank you for the quality of the videos. 4 stars only : too many broken link on lectures.

By Khairunisa S

Jan 18, 2023

The course is very insightful but there are several videos where the subtitles are not readable so it's a bit difficult. But overall is very good

By Garima S B

Apr 6, 2019

It has really helped me understand the energy dynamics. thank you. Giving a 4 star because the data is sometimes old and needs to be upgraded.

By Liliana A

Nov 11, 2018

Great view of the energy environment and policies, would like to have some more updated information (2014/2015 oil prices drop for example)

By Henrique S B

Apr 2, 2017

An excellent overview about the complex issues of international energy, its economic and geopolitical implications. I highly recommend it.

By NetCastConsulting

Feb 17, 2019

Some of the videos were not accessible, I think the support materials require an update however over all it is a good course

By Aizat M

Jan 12, 2017

A very informative and concise course that gave a very basic idea on what is going on in the Energy industry today.

By Lothar H

Oct 9, 2020

Excellent introduction course to get to know the different aspects of energy and its politics and economics.

By Thomas T

Sep 12, 2020

Very interesting course. Would like to see a new chapter on Hydrogen if possible in the forthcoming edition.