MEB411 Energy Security of the USA

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Martin Jirušek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Břetislav Dančák, 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
Wed 10:00–11:40 U42
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! MEBn5011 Energy Security of the USA && ! NOW ( MEBn5011 Energy Security of the USA )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 13 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/13, only registered: 0/13, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/13
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the U.S. energy security, as a major actor in the global energy markets. The substantial part of the course is dedicated to oil as a key resource for the US economy as well as economies of the majority of developed countries. The course will focus on beginnings of oil industry in the USA, its development and role at home and in foreign affairs. Students will be also familiarized with other energy sectors and their importance for US economy. A special emphasis will be given to new trends and issues, e.g. so called quiet revolution or unconventional sources and climate change issue. Upon completion, students will be able to define key actors and characteristic features of the US energy policy and analyze its consequences in foreign affairs.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to understand the US energy policy (with a special emphasis on the oil policy) and will be able to critically assess the current situation of the US as one of the most important actors on the global energy scene.
  • (1) Course organization (2) Introduction, oil in US energy sector (3) Development of the US oil sector until WWI (4) Oil in US foreign policy I - between two wars (5) Oil in US foreign policy II – Cold War (6) Oil in US foreign policy III – after the Cold War Mid-term test (7) Oil in US foreign policy – partners and suppliers (8) Coal and nuclear sectors (9) Gas sector (10) Renewables and climate policy (11) Contemporary trends I. (12) Contemporary trends II.
  • GERI, Laurance R. and David E. MCNABB. Energy policy in the U.S. : politics, challenges, and prospects for change. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2011. xxxvii, 29. ISBN 9781439841891. info
  • STOKES, Doug and Sam RAPHAEL. Global energy security and American hegemony. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. 280 p. ISBN 9780801894978. info
  • United States foreign oil policy since World War I : for profit and security. Edited by Stephen J. Randall. 2nd ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005. x, 416. ISBN 9780773529236. URL info
  • VIETOR, Richard H. K. Energy policy in America since 1945 : a study of business government relations. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984. xvii, 363. ISBN 0521266580. URL info
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars (including preparation of position papers), readings serving to broaden and deepen the spectrum of knowledge students acquire during lectures.
Assessment methods
Mid-term test, position papers, concluding oral exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Nezapisují studenti, kteří již absolvovali kurz MVZ442.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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