ESS410 Energy Relations in Asia

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Hedvika Koďousková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Martin Jirušek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Filip Černoch, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 12:00–13:40 M117
Ability to read, discuss, and write in academic English.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to broaden students' knowledge of energy relations in Asia and make them familiar with latest trends in this field. During the course, energy policies of the main actors (China, Russia, India, Japan ...) will be introduced together with milestones that change current trends and contribute to the dynamic development of energy relations both within and outside the region. The course discusses the link between different energy security dimensions, such as the long-standing emphasis of states on the security of fossil fuel supplies over the environmental impact of existing policies, and the need to ensure energy security in synergy with economic growth and persisting energy poverty. From a theoretical point of view, the course works mainly with the "strategic approach" to energy security, which is used in selected lectures to analyse the energy policies of China, Russia and Japan.
Learning outcomes
Students will get a comprehensive overview of the development of energy relations in Asia. They will be able to determine what factors make the energy policies of individual players, consolidate them or vice versa. Students will understand how relationships between the most important producers and consumers in the region are formed. They will be able to assess the impact of energy policies on regional development and their overlap to the global level. Students will be able to conduct expert discussions on given topics and present their own analysis of selected issues.
  • 1) Introductory lecture: energy and the Asian region; 2) The "Energy Revolution" in China; 3) Energy and Chinese activities in Eurasia: same goals with new name; 4) The Chinese energy policy towards Russia; 5) The political and economic importance of the Russian energy sector; 6) The European dimension of the Russian energy policy; 7) The Asian dimension of the Russian energy policy; 8) Reading week, preparation of final papers; 9) Natural gas export from Central Asia: opportunities and challenges; 10) Problems and prospects of the Indian low-carbon future; 11) Energy poverty in the South and Southeast Asia: implications and possible solutions; 12) The Japanese energy policy after the Fukushima disaster; 13) Presentation of final papers.
  • Energy security challenges for the 21st century : a reference handbook. Edited by Gal Luft - Anne Korin. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger Security International, 2009. xv, 372. ISBN 9780275999971. info
  • China's energy security : a multidimensional perspective. Edited by Giulia C. Romano - Jean-François Di Meglio. First published. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. x, 259. ISBN 9780815355984. info
  • ANDREWS-SPEED, C. P. The governance of energy in China : transition to a low-carbon economy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. xvi, 259. ISBN 9780230221505. info
  • JIRUŠEK, Martin, Tomáš VLČEK, Hedvika KOĎOUSKOVÁ, Roger W. ROBINSON, Anna LESHCHENKO, Filip ČERNOCH, Lukáš LEHOTSKÝ and Veronika ZAPLETALOVÁ. Energy Security in Central and Eastern Europe and the Operations of Russian State-Owned Energy Enterprises. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2015. 695 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-8048-5. doi:10.5817/CZ.MUNI.M210-8048-2015. Čítárna Munispace info
  • Energy poverty : global challenges and local solutions. Edited by Benjamin K. Sovacool - Jon Rozhon - Antoine Halff. First edition. Oxford: Oxford university press, 2014. xv, 459. ISBN 9780199682362. info
Teaching methods
Readings aim to broaden and deepen the spectrum of knowledge students acquire during lectures and seminars; seminars include preparation and discussion = active participation of students is required; presentation of final papers at the end of the course strengthens presentation skills and ability to work in team; final test examines whether students understand the subject matter.
Assessment methods
Preparation and active participation in classes; teamworks and their presentation; final exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2015, Spring 2016.
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