PSIR 638 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Energy Geopolitics and Policies
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 638
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
Third Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to examine the theoretical and conceptual understanding of geopolitics of energy and contemporary energy security mentality. Moreover, it focuses on the conjectural dynamics related to energy politics, energy access, politics of climate change and global warming, environmental concerns, and geopolitical shifts among the key actors in the global energy market, including producer, transit and consumer countries. While examining these broader topics, it covers a number of geopolitical and energy security issues occupied the headlines over the last decades, starting from 1970s oil crises to recent events, including Crimean dispute, cancellation of pipelines such as South Stream and Nabucco, and new pipelines like TANAP and so-called Turkish Stream with a geographical focus on East-West energy corridor.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: examine the geopolitics of energy and contemporary energy security mentality,
  • understand the inevitable connection between geopolitics and energy security,
  • evaluate the changing dynamics of global energy market,
  • explore the geopolitical shifts related various energy sources, including energy transition,
  • analyze the tools of energy policy making of countries and regions with contradictory orientation.
Course Content This advanced course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to gain or enhance the skills and knowledge required to critically evaluate the global energy politics.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 The Geopolitics of Energy Related articles will be assigned.
2 Contemporary Energy Security Mentality Related articles will be assigned.
3 The relation between Energy and Sustainable Development: Access to Energy Resources Related articles will be assigned.
4 International Policy Making and Security: Energy as a Key Determinant Related articles will be assigned.
5 Global Energy Dynamics: Demand-Supply Equilibrium and Price Movements Related articles will be assigned.
6 The Politics of Climate Change, Global Warming and Environmental Concerns: Key Actors in the Global Market Related articles will be assigned.
7 Revolution of Unconventionals: How the Global Market affected? Related articles will be assigned.
8 The Green Revolution: Era of the Renewables Related articles will be assigned.
9 A Geopolitical Shift to Nuclear Power Related articles will be assigned.
10 Thirst for Energy: The Rise of China Related articles will be assigned.
11 A Monopole Power: The Case of Russia Cartelization: Positioning of OPEC Related articles will be assigned.
12 Alternative Energy Producers: The Caspian Sea and The Arctic Region Related articles will be assigned.
13 European Energy Security: Challenges and Opportunities Related articles will be assigned.
14 A Self-Sufficient USA along with 2035 and its Hegemony over the Middle East Region Related articles will be assigned.
15 Turkey’s Energy Profile and Its Multi-dimensional Energy Strategy Related articles will be assigned.
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks Related articles and PowerPoint presentations
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
60
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
40
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
13
10
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
52
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
Final Exam
    Total
230

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to improve and deepen the theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations.

X
2

To be able to evaluate critically and analytically the relationships between various factors in the discipline of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture at an advanced level.

X
3

To be able to determine the theoretical and empirical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature and gain the ability of questioning at an advanced level.

X
4

To be able to gain the ability to develop innovative, leading and original arguments in order to fill the gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature.

X
5

To be able to gather, analyze, and interpret the data by using advanced qualitative or quantitative research methods in Political Science and International Relations.

X
6

To be able to develop original academic works and publish scientific articles in refereed national or international indexed journals in the field of Political Science and International Relations.

X
7

To be able to describe individual research and contemporary developments in Political Science and International Relations in written, oral, and visual forms.

X
8

To be able to take responsibility in an individual capacity and/or as part of a team in generating innovative and analytical solutions to the problems that arise in relation to the politics in daily life.

X
9

To be able to develop projects in determining the institutional and political instruments for conflict resolution in national and international politics.

X
10

To be able to prepare an original thesis in Political Science and International Relations based on scientific criteria.

X
11

To be able to follow new research and developments, publish scientific articles and participate the debates in academic meetings in Political Science and International Relations through a foreign language.

X
12

To be able to have ethical, social and scientific values in the stages throughout the processes of gathering, interpreting, disseminating and implementing data relevant to Political Science and International Relations. 

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest