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IR3074   International Relations of Energy and the Environment

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 12.00 noon Tue

This module provides students with an understanding of key issues in energy studies and environmental politics and their role in international relations in general, and IR as a discipline. The module's main objectives are to provide students with a strong understanding of the evolving nature of the international security agenda and especially the theoretical debates surrounding environmental, energy, food, and water security; the intertwined nature of new security challenges; the resource curse and resource wars; potential conflicts over natural resources access and management across scales; and the role of governance and policy in understanding natural resource conflicts in a trans-boundary context. The module looks at each individual topic as a global issue, while utilising specific case studies from different regions to illustrate the topic.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: One 1-hour lecture (x11 weeks) plus one 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks). Optional weekly 2-hour consulatation period.

Scheduled learning hours: 21

Guided independent study hours: 268

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 50%, 3-hour Written Examination = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr M Fumagalli
Module teaching staff: Dr M Fumagalli