The module does not require a specific knowledge on energy policy or economics. General understanding of institutional economics is required. A student needs to understand general economic concepts, like GDP, economic growth, investment risks, transaction costs and discount rates.
A growing interest in energy policy and energy security studies in the social sciences (political science, international relations, regional studies, law) has been evident. The present introductory course proposes a general methodology for energy security studies. It will also include an overview of main specialized websites.
This is an introductory course to the energy policy courses, which aims at introducing basic concepts of energy security. The course is recommended for students of various social science disciplines who might write research papers on the issue of energy security. For example, the module would address the students specialized in European studies and willing to produce a MA thesis on the European energy security; students of Russian studies and conducting related studies; students of economic sciences willing to specialize in energy policy in the future. The online course does not replace a detailed specialization in energy policy, law or economics however, it can be used as a supplementary material by these students.
Learning module for indipendent learning
General understanding of energy policy concepts, ability to conduct a qualitative analysis of energy security risks, critical analysis of data and information on the issue.