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Andris Sprūds

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Accepted:02.12.2019
Study Course Information
Course Code:PZK_113LQF level:All Levels
Credit Points:4.00ECTS:6.00
Branch of Science:Political Science; International PoliticsTarget Audience:Political Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Andris Sprūds
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Political Science
The Head of Structural Unit:Ilga Kreituse
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)Lecture Length (academic hours)Total Contact Hours of Lectures0
Classes (number)20Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes40
Total Contact Hours40
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
General understanding of international economy, power relations and diplomacy.
The aim of the course is to analyse the development trends and various aspects of global and regional energy policy, security and diplomacy. The course focuses on global energy architecture and power relations. The energy strategies of the United States, Russia and European Union are examined. The geopolitical and energy challenges and opportunities of smaller countries are also contextualized in a wider context of power relations.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Global energy trends: "resource century" and "great games"Classes2.00auditorium
2Global energy architecture and geopoliticsClasses3.00auditorium
3Russia's energy sectorClasses2.00auditorium
4Russian energy diplomacyClasses3.00auditorium
5EU energy policy: internal dimensionClasses2.00auditorium
6EU energy policy: external dimensionClasses3.00auditorium
7EU new member states energy policies: between "old" Europe and RussiaClasses2.00auditorium
8Conclusions. Latvian energy policy: security and diplomacyClasses3.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Students engage into literature review and assessment and prepare analytical opinion piece and presentation on respective theme.
Assessment Criteria:
Assessment criteria: study course grade is based on the following requirements and grading criteria: Active participation during classes: 30% Analytical opinion piece: 15% Presentation of the onion piece: 15% Test: 20% Exam: 20%
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Students will be able to characterise international aspects of energy issues and related power relations. Students will be able to analyse energy policy from the perspective of national security and diplomacy. Students will be able to identify energy security strategies of international actors.
Skills:Students will be able to demonstrate professional presentation skills and opinion formulation and expression in an international setting.
Competencies:Students will demonstrate the ability to carry out independent research and interdisciplinary analysis. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyse the role of internationa actors and characterise the priorities and instruments of energy policy.
1British Petroleum, Energy Outlook, 2020
2European Commission, Fourth Report on the State of the Energy Union, 2019
3The Atlantic Council Report, Reform of the Global Energy Architecture, 2017
4IRENA, Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050, 2018
5Bud Coote, Impact of Sanctions on Russian Energy Sector, Atlantic Council Report, 2018
6Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Russsia-Ukraine transit talks: the risk to gas in Europe, 2019
7Cogressional Research Service, Nord Stream 2: A Fait Accompli? Report, 2019
8Ramunas Vilpišauskas and others, Report, Energy Security in the Baltic Sea Region, Vilnius, 2015