The Political Economy of Energy and Energy Security

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Richard Connolly

This module provides critical appreciation of the role of energy and energy security in global political economy and will introduce students to the basic theoretical, historical and geopolitical contours of the political economy of energy today as an essential dimension of contemporary international political economy. The module consists of two parts; The first part will explore energy and energy security at the international level. The second part will examine how energy resources shape the domestic political economy of energy suppliers.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the key features of the role of energy within the broader context of international political economy and different analytical/theoretical frameworks used to understand it.
  • Critically assess debates about the role of energy in the global economy and synthesise academic materials from different sources.
  • Have an ability to place issues and debates surrounding energy and energy security into a wider context of global governance.
  • Write scholarly essays that are referenced in accordance with established academic practice.


  • Term One: 1 x 3,000 assessed work (50%)
  • Term Two: Presentation (15%)
  • Term Three: 2 hour examination (35%)

Related courses:

The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.