MEB411 Energy Security of the USA

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2013
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Břetislav Dančák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Martin Jirušek, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Petr Ocelík, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
doc. Mgr. Jan Osička, 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.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 12:00–13:30 U33
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 53 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/53, only registered: 0/53, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/53
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 The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the basics of the USA’s energy sector and its energy policies, as well as provide them with information about its position as a major player in the world energy markets. There will be a block of lectures thought by visting lecturer (details will be specified). After the completion of the course students will learn about historical development of the U.S. energy sector from the beginnings of oil industry to the present, which allows them to evaluate importance of particular resources for U.S. economy. Since the attention is paid also to the position of energy issues in the U.S. foreign policy, students will be familiarized with actors and structural characteristics of the U.S. energy sector. Thus, students will acquire a better understating of the topic, which enables them to analyze external energy policy of the USA in an informed and creative way.
  • 1) Course organization 2) History of energy sector 3) Energy considerations in the U.S. foreign policy 4) USA’s energy sector I.: oil and natural gas 5) USA’s energy sector I.: coal, nuclear energy and renewables 6) Reading week 7) Visiting lecturer (will be specified) 8) Visiting lecturer (will be specified) 9) Visiting lecturer (will be specified) 10) Visiting lecturer (will be specified) 11) Visiting lecturer (will be specified) 12) Visiting lecturer (will be specified) 13) Visiting lecturer (will be specified)
  • 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, 4 seminars (including preparation of position papers for each of them), position papers improve the ability of students to summarize an issue and to evaluate it critically, midterm exam, final exam, readings serve to broaden and deepen the spectrum of knowledge students acquire during lectures
Assessment methods
The final grade is calculated as a composite evaluation consisting of following five parts: (1) attendance, (2) seminar activity, (3) position papers, (4) midterm exam, (5) final exam. 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 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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