Exploring Energy Security: An Introduction

The course provides a comprehensive overview of the main issues the contemporary energy security studies deal with. The course adopts a chronological approach, introducing each issue together with the historical context within which it emerged. Such approach enables the students who are new to the field to build on their existing knowledge of modern history and connect the energy security-related issues to historical events they are already familiar with. Among the issues covered by the course are for example the consolidation of energy industry after the World War II, (re-)emergence of energy geopolitics in 1970s, financialization of international energy transactions in 1980, broadening the scope of energy security by the social and environmental dimensions between 1970s and 1990s, or the ongoing energy transition towards a decarbonized economy.