MEB411 Energy Security of the USA

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2011
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 7 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Břetislav Dančák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Hedvika Koďousková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Filip Černoch, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Břetislav Dančák, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Thu 12:00–13:30 P22
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! MVZ442 Energy Security EU
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 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/40, only registered: 0/40, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/40
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. There will be a block of lectures thought by James Coan (James A. Baker III. Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Texas) hold from November 7 till November 10 (students´ participation is obligatory, there will be one lecture every day, detailed schedule will be specified). Thanks to successful completion of the course students will learn about historical development of the U.S. energy security in detail from the beginning of oil industry to the present. They will be able to analyze the impact of oil shocks in the 70´s and of other important historical events from the energy security point of view. Students will be able to define actors and characteristics of the U.S. energy security and analyze its foreign-policy consequences. In addition, they will be able to assess the issue of security of maritime oil supplies as well as selected recent trends in the U.S. energy security.
  • 1) Introduction to the course 2) The world's consumers: the U.S. position on global energy markets 3) History of the U.S. energy security I.: from the beginnings of oil industry to the oil shocks in the 70´s 4) History of the U.S. energy security II.: since the first oil crisis to the present 5) Energy security in the U.S. foreign policy 6) Security of maritime oil supplies 7) Reading Week 8 -11) Block of lectures - James Coan (Expected topics: actors of the U.S. energy security policy, national champions; the nature of the U.S. energy policy, its development and latest legislation; specifics of the national market: energy and energy security of particular states ...) 12) New trends in the U.S. energy I. 13) New trends in the U.S. energy 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. 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. info
Teaching methods
Lectures involve class discussions and require active participation; position papers improve the ability of students to summarize an issue in the field of energy security of the USA and to evaluate it critically; readings serve to broaden and deepen the spectrum of knowledge students acquire during lectures.
Assessment methods
Mid-term test, final written test; composition of 7 position papers; active participation in class; obligatory participation in external teachers´ lectures.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Nezapisují studenti, kteří již absolvovali kurz MVZ442.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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