STV4282B - International Energy Politics

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In a global perspective, energy policies serve multiple goals, including those of:

  • meeting increasing energy demand, driven in large part by growing populations and rising Incomes
  • satisfying basic needs of about two billion people who suffer badly from inadequate access to useable energy
  • responding to the increasing risk of severe environmental damage caused by prevailing patterns of energy production, distribution and consumption.

Moreover, energy policies are inextricably linked to geopolitical concerns about energy security and to competition in international markets and international politics.

This course is designed to provide an understanding of how the international politics of energy is driven and shaped by these and other goals and concerns, and how different actors respond to the particular challenges and dilemmas they face.

Learning outcome


Students will

  • Obtain a basic understanding of the structure and dynamics of energy systems.
  • Improve their knowledge about global oil markets and European energy markets.
  • Improve their understanding of the geopolitics of energy security.
  • Acquire a better understanding of attempts to drive a transition towards sustainable energy systems, and the roles of non-governmental as well as governmental actors in that process.
  • Improve their knowledge of the energy challenges and policy profiles of key actors.


Students will

  • Acquire conceptual tools and frameworks for understanding and analysing energy policies and the international politics of energy supply, distribution and consumption.
  • Learn to present their own analysis – orally as well as in writing – of selected topics.


Students will

  • Better understand the format and complexities of the challenges involved in governing an effective transition towards sustainable energy systems.
  • Learn to appreciate the dilemmas faced by many governments as well as non-governmental actors in the field of international energy politics.
  • Develop their own skills to search for policy strategies and institutional designs that can respond effectively to major governance challenges and policy dilemmas.


The course is reserved for students in the Master's programme in Political Science.

Students admitted to other Master's programmes may apply for guest student status.

For incoming students: All Master's courses in Political Science must be registered manually by the Department, they will not appear in Studentweb. Contact your international coordinator at UiO.


Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Political Science or equivalent.



Lectures are held during five weeks, with examination in the sixth week.


Term paper and individual oral presentation.

The term paper must:

The individual oral presentation consists of:

  • a presentation of the term paper
  • responses to questions asked by the exam committee

The term paper counts 75 percent of the final grade and the oral presentation counts 25 percent. You receive one overall grade. You must pass the term paper and the individual oral presentation in the same semester.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.



The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Ask for explanation of your grade in this course

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

If you wish to withdraw from the exam you must do so in Studentweb at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring 2017

This course is not given on a regular basis


Spring 2017

This course is not given on a regular basis

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