2017 International Political Economy and Energy Strategy

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Taniguchi Tomihiro  Toichi Tsutomu 
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Media-enhanced courses
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Tue9-10(North No.2, 5F-571)  
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Course description and aims

"International Political Economy and Energy Strategy" is about energy strategies of Japan and other major countries in the contexts of international political economy and energy security. It deepens students' understanding regarding roles of fossil fuels, nuclear energy, renewables and energy efficiency, impacts of globalization, technology innovation, international competition, environment and resource limitations as well as their relative importance.
This course also considers the future of energy strategy in a big picture, from view points of comprehensive security and geopolitics.

Student learning outcomes

1. To acquire technological, resource politicoeconomic and geopolitical knowledge on major energy sources.
2. To learn basic knowledge and ways of thinking on the close relationships between international political economy and energy strategy.


International politics, International economy, Political economy, Globalization, Neonationalism, International competitiveness,Oligopolistic market, Energy resources, Global environment, Climate Change, International oil companies, Emerging countries, OPEC, IEA, IAEA, WTO, FCCC, Shale revolution

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course aims at aqusition of basic knowledge of international political economy and energy strategy, improvement in ways of thinking and judgement and enhancement of communication skills through lectures, student presentation, debates and case studies.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 International political economy as anacademic subject and gaps with the reality of the world today Understanding of the fundamental dificulties and opportunities of social science approaches
Class 2 International political economy and geopolitics transformed by globalization and technology innovation proocesses Understanding of the global changes of international political economy and technology regarding energy
Class 3 Changes in intrernational politicall-economic and energy map and new viewpoints for analysis and evaluation Acquisition of analytical capacity for evaluating international energy picture
Class 4 International politcal economy and energy strategies Comprehensive consideration on energy strategy and policy
Class 5 Past, present and future of the world energy market I Acquisition of big picture understanding of the world energy market
Class 6 Past, present and future of the world energy market II Acquisition of big picture understanding of the world energy market
Class 7 Japan's energy strategy and nuclear energy policy Overall consideration on Japan's energy and nuclear policy
Class 8 Reflection and prospect of International political economy and energy strategy Summary reflection and future prospect of this course


1、Henry Kissinger,"World Order″, Penguin Press, 2014   2、Daniel Yergin ,"The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World″,Penguin Books, 2011                                                   

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Refer to the list of “Reference materials”

Assessment criteria and methods

Presentation (40%) and Discussions (60%)

Related courses

  • NCL.U507 : International Relations of Nuclear Technology
  • NCL.U501 : Nuclear Dojo 1

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


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