MEBn5011 U.S. Energy Policy: Development and Challenges

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
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 U23
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! MEB411 Energy Security of the USA && ! MVZ442 Energy Security EU && ! ESSn5020 U.S. Energy Policy && ! ESS420 U.S. Energy Policy
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 12/30, only registered: 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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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
After the completion of the course the students will be able to summarize historical development of the US energy sector and to critically assess its contemporary energy policy and to analyze US energy policy on the basis of gained comprehensive knowledge about history of the US energy sector, its components and foreign energy issues
  • (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. 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, seminars (including preparation of position papers for each of them), moderating of discussions, midterm exam, final exam, readings serving to broaden and deepen the spectrum of knowledge students acquire during lectures.
Assessment methods
During the semester, students are obliged to submit seminar papers on specific topics and pass a mid-term test. The course is concluded by an oral exam in the examination period.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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