New module on the politics of energy to start soon

Energy sources play a major role in global politics. Image: Wikipedia Commons.

Energy sources play a major role in global politics. Image: Wikipedia Commons.

A new IRO module called ‘Energy’ is set to begin in early April.

News from Mar 30, 2016

The Center for Global Politics is preparing for the beginning of a new elective module for International Relations Online (IRO) starting in April 2016. As part of our IRO blended learning master program which combines online courses with innovative in-house classes, this new module will focus on major challenges of energy security around the world.

Entitled “Energy”, the module will look at energy as a political force, including its security role and challenges on global, regional and national levels. The class will take a closer look at the complex system of “the energy business” and its interdependencies with numerous issues such as energy security and the role of the major oil- and gas- exporting economies. Focusing on the context of current developments in the energy sector, the class will take a closer look from the angles of politics, economics, legal systems and the environmental. As a case study, the relations between the EU and Russia in energy politics and dialogue will be examined as a prime example of this most crucial source for global development.

Dr. Dmitri Mitin, currently appointed with the School of International and Public Affairs at North Carolina State University, will be the instructor for this class. His research interests include post-Soviet political evolution, inter-governmental conflict and institutional development. He holds a PhD from Purdue University.

IRO students along with their counterparts in East European Studies will resume their blended learning masters programs on April 11. Among the other new modules which start this semester is ‘Global Cities’ presented by Noah Toly.