Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
a consequence, Africa has become key to the energy supply policy of great powers (especially the U.S. and China), and a major ﬁeld for competition between international oil companies. However, Africa suffers dramatically from the effects of poor oil rent management that has led to the political and economic downfall of producing countries. The "resource curse" affects the majority of African oil (and uranium) producing countries. The ongoing political and social instability in these countries directly affects multinational companies, which are faced with growing security risks as well as increasing pressure from civil society groups for more transparency and accountability. This course aims to explain how Africa is inserted in the global energy markets and to analyse how this insertion impacts the local political and economic systems. Through a series of case studies including most important energy producing countries, the course will draw a complete panorama of the African energy scene and will present the main issues, both from an international perspective and from an African point of view. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
Course Description : Latin America is home to some of the world's largest resources across all types of primary energy, be it oil (Orinoco belt, Venezuela ; Pre-salt, Brazil), gas (Argentina, Bolivia), hydropower (Amazon Basin ; Andes), geothermal (Paciﬁc ‘ring of ﬁre'), wind (Oaxaca, Mexico ; Patagonia), solar (Atacama, Chile ; Northern Mexico). Due to the uneven distribution of these resources, the subcontinent also has the world's most oil import dependent countries (e.g. Chile) as well as some of the world's largest oil producers (e.g. Venezuela, Brazil). The national electricity-mixes range from hydro-dominated Brazil to the fossil fuel-reliant Central America. The seminar aims to analyse the geopolitics that result from this diversity of production, import and investment patterns as well as diverging energy-mixes, which are further complicated by layers of regional integration, extra regional partnerships, as well as simmering territorial disputes dating back to wars of the 19th century. The course stresses geopolitics as a set of conceptual tools rather than a ﬁxed theory. Therefore, each case study will be approached from both ‘classic' and ‘critical' geopolitical perspectives. Required reading : Arie M. Kacowicz (2000), Geopolitics and territorial issues : Relevance for South America, in : Geopolitics, 5 :1, 81-100 ; Introduction : ThinkingCritically About Geopolitics, in : Gearóid Ó Tuathail, Simon Dalby and Paul Routledge (eds.), The geopoliticsreader, 2ndedition, London, 1-14 ; Terrence W. Haverluk, Kevin M. Beauchemin & Brandon A. Mueller (2014), The Three Critical Flaws of Critical Geopolitics : Towards a Neo-ClassicalGeopolitics, in : Geopolitics, 19 :1, 19-39.
GEOPOLITICS OF ENERGY IN LATIN AMERICA
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Opened to the exchange program
Teachers : Joerg HUSAR (Programme Ofﬁcer, Latin America, International Energy Agency). Prerequisite : Advanced knowledge of Latin American contemporary history, politics and economy. Basic knowledge of the energy sector would be an advantage. Spanish reading comprehension would be an advantage. Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : Each student is required to prepare a paper (about 15 pages + annexes) on a case study/an issue within one of the topics of the course sessions, with guidance provided by the instructor. The paper is to be handed in on the Monday before the relevant session, and to be presented to the class (duration : 20 min) with a Powerpoint presentation. The evaluation will be based on the paper (50%), the presentation (25%) and overall participation during the seminar (25%). 1546
GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 39 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Marine GASSIER (Consultante), Jérôme SGARD (Professor of Political Economy at SciencesPo). Pedagogical