MEB417 Trans-Atlantic Relations and Energy Security

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 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)
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 10:00–11:40 U42
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! MVZ442 Energy Security EU || ! EVS418 Rel. US-Europ. and EU Enl. || ! MVE438 The USA and New Europe
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 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to analyze mutual relations between the European Union countries and the United States of America in the context of the energy security; students will be able to assess importance of energy security agenda within Trans-Atlantic relations; students will have ability to account the main motivations for foreign and security policy of countries within Trans-Atlantic area with emphasis on energy aspects.
  • I. Introduction. Course and evaluation description. II. Traditions of American unilateralism – early stage. III. Current American unilateralism – implications for transatlantic realtions. IV. Multilateralism – the term and political practice. V. Transatlantic relations in the inter-war period. VI. The emergence of the solid transatlantic linkage after World War Two. VII. Reading week. VIII. The end of the Cold War: USA, the only superpower and Europe in the process of integration. Mid-semester test. IX. USA and energy security interests. X. EU as a soft-power and a global actor. XI. EU and energy security interests. XII. USA and EU in the era of new technologies. XIII. Cooperation on energy security in the transatlantic relations at the beginning of 21st century.
    required literature
  • Power politics : energy security, human rights, and transatlantic relations. Edited by Esther Brimmer. Washington, D.C.: Center for Transatlantic Relations, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, 2009. ix, 119. ISBN 9780980187120. info
  • HAGHIGHI, Sanam S. Energy security : the external legal relations of the European Union with major oil- and gas-supplying countries. Oxford: Hart, 2007. xxx, 480. ISBN 9781841137285. info
  • RUTLEDGE, Ian. Addicted to oil : America's relentless drive for energy security. New York: I.B. Tauris, 2006. xxiii, 271. ISBN 1845113195. info
  • Wars on terrorism and Iraq : human rights, unilateralism, and U.S. foreign policy. Edited by Thomas George Weiss - Margaret E. Crahan - John Goering. New York: Routledge, 2004. xxi, 247. ISBN 0415700639. info
  • LUNDESTAD, Geir. The United States and Western Europe since 1945 : from "empire" by invitation to transatlantic drift. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. xi, 331. ISBN 0199266689. info
  • Multilateralism and U.S. foreign policy : ambivalent engagement. Edited by Stewart Patrick - Shepard Forman. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002. viii, 509. ISBN 1588260186. info
  • MCDOUGALL, Walter A. Promised land, crusader state :the american encounter with the world since 1776. Boston: Mariner book, 1997. xiii, 286. ISBN 0-395-90132-4. info
    recommended literature
  • Energy security : economics, politics, strategies, and implications. Edited by Carlos Pascual - Jonathan Elkind. Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2010. viii, 279. ISBN 9780815769194. info
  • STOKES, Doug and Sam RAPHAEL. Global energy security and American hegemony. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. 280 p. ISBN 9780801894978. info
  • YOUNGS, Richard. Energy security : Europe's new foreign policy challenge. New York: Routledge, 2009. xiv, 230. ISBN 9780203882627. info
  • Energy security and global politics : the militarization of resource management. Edited by Daniel Moran - James A. Russell. New York: Routledge, 2009. vi, 252. ISBN 9780415579667. info
  • BEAUBOUEF, Bruce Andre. The strategic petroleum reserve : U.S. energy security and oil politics, 1975-2005. 1st ed. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2007. xiv, 334. ISBN 9781585446001. info
    not specified
  • Emerging global energy security risks. Geneva: United Nations, 2007. vii, 103. ISBN 9789211169751. info
Teaching methods
The teaching is based on lectures and seminars. Students should take active part in debates in seminars and classes.
Assessment methods
The course is finished by an writing exam. It requires fulfilling of semester tasks. The final grade will be calculated as a composite evaluation consisting of seminar presence and activity, mid-semester test and final test.
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 kurzy MVZ442, EVS418 nebo MVE438.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2012, Spring 2014.
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