MEBn5014 Energy Policies in Asia

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Hedvika Koďousková, 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
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! MEB414 Energy Policies in Asia && ! NOW ( MEB414 Energy Policies in Asia ) && ! ESSn5010 Energy Relations in Asia
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: 0/30, only registered: 0/30
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to use the Asian example to build on and further strengthen students' knowledge of the energy systems' implications and transformations. The course is complementary with the introductory course to the Energy Policy Studies program in its basic reasoning. Simultaneously, it is easily understandable for students with no previous theoretical or empirical knowledge. The first part considers energy security as a policy concern on nation-states' level, as a problem of cross-border resource supplies, as a significant part of domestic and foreign policies, a strategic matter for governments. On examples of major actors' energy policies from the region (China, Russia, Central Asian producers), it touches its most conventional understanding. In the second part, the course moves to other reasoning lines, which go beyond the core concerns of having secure and reliable energy systems. It presents the lack of access to electricity and modern sources of energy millions in Asia still suffer. It points to negative consequences of energy modernization, the most acute of which is climate change. It examines how these concerns are (or are not) part of Japan, India, and China's energy policy strategies. Finally, the course comes to many controversies and conflicts, often related to energy systems and many competing visions that shape the energy systems and are shaped by them.
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course, the students will be able to define major characteristics of energy policies in the region and assess their consequences. They will comprehend the links between various aspects of energy policies, such as the long-standing emphasis of states on the security of fossil fuel supplies over the environmental impact of existing policies, and the need to ensure energy security in synergy with economic growth and persisting energy poverty. They will understand the motives of states to move from traditional to modern sources of energy, as well as the reasons and major obstacles for existing energy systems transition. They will get familiar with the most important energy conflicts and controversies in the region.
  • 1) Introductory lecture; 2) Energy and Chinese activities in Eurasia: same goals with new name; 3) The Chinese energy policy towards Russia; 4) The Asian dimension of the Russian energy policy; 5) Natural gas export from Central Asia: opportunities and challenges; 6) Reading week; 7) Energy consumption patterns in the region; 8) Energy poverty: case studies from the region.; 9) Nuclear energy and Japan´s "path-dependencies"; 10) "Worlds of coal" vs. Indian low-carbon future; 11) "Energy Revolution" in China: promises and critiques; 12) Energy conflicts and controversies in the region; 13) Selected issues related to the Asian energy policies and the course wrap-up.
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  • JIRUŠEK, Martin, Tomáš VLČEK, Hedvika KOĎOUSKOVÁ, Roger W. ROBINSON, Anna LESHCHENKO, Filip ČERNOCH, Lukáš LEHOTSKÝ and Veronika ZAPLETALOVÁ. Energy Security in Central and Eastern Europe and the Operations of Russian State-Owned Energy Enterprises. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2015. 696 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-8048-5. doi:10.5817/CZ.MUNI.M210-8048-2015. Čítárna Munispace info
  • Energy poverty : global challenges and local solutions. Edited by Benjamin K. Sovacool - Jon Rozhon - Antoine Halff. First edition. Oxford: Oxford university press, 2014. xv, 459. ISBN 9780199682362. info
  • China's energy security : a multidimensional perspective. Edited by Giulia C. Romano - Jean-François Di Meglio. First published. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. x, 259. ISBN 9780815355984. info
  • ANDREWS-SPEED, C. P. The governance of energy in China : transition to a low-carbon economy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. xvi, 259. ISBN 9780230221505. info
Teaching methods
Readings aim to broaden and deepen the spectrum of knowledge students acquire during lectures and seminars; seminars include preparation and discussions; final test examines whether students understand the subject matter.
Assessment methods
Class preparation papers; oral exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Teacher's information
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Familiarize yourself with the ways how to avoid it.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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