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MOOC Politics and Economics of International Energy

Inscriptions ouvertes jusqu'au 15 novembre 2015

"Scientific humanities" means the extension of interpretative skills to the discoveries made by science and to technical innovations. The MOOC will equip future citizens with the means to be at ease with many issues that straddle the distinctions between science, morality, politics and society.

Présentation du MOOC Politics and Economics of International Energy (session 2)

Informations pratiques sur le MOOC Politics and Economics of International Energy

  • Type: MOOC, cours en ligne
  • Temps d'apprentissage: 8 semaines
  • Niveau: pas de niveau spécifique requis
  • Durée: 03:00h/semaine
  • Langues: Français
  • Contenu: vidéos, interviews, diagrammes, articles de presse scientifique
  • Public cible: grand public
  • Age attendu: 18 et +
  • Droits: Licence Creative Commons BY NC SA

Description du MOOC Politics and Economics of International Energy

Energy issues have always been important in international relations, but in recent years may have become even more important than in the past due to the widespread awareness of existing limits to energy sources and negative climate impacts.

The MOOC discusses global trends in energy consumption and production, various available scenarios for potential developments in the coming decades, the availability of oil reserves and the evolution of the oil industry. It then discusses natural gas and highlights the differences between oil and gas. It will also discuss renewable energy sources, nuclear energy and E.U. energy policy.

The MOOC aims at providing students whose main interest is in international relations a background on energy resources, technology and economic realities to allow them to correctly interpret the political impact of current developments. It also aims at providing students, who already have a technical background in energy science or engineering, with the broad global view of energy issues that will allow them to better understand the social, economic and political impact of their technical knowledge.

Déroulement du MOOC

The MOOC is divided into 8 sequences. Each sequence is largely illustrated with different types of contents :

  • video either produced by the professor or extracted from professional and academic sources
  • interviews with specialists of the field
  • animated graphics and diagrams
  • international companies scenarios
  • press and scientific articles

Plan du MOOC Politics and Economics of International Energy

Week #1 : Introduction to global energy trends and scenarios

  • energy and development
  • energy transitions
  • energy poverty

Week #2 : Oil formation, exploration and production

  • oil formation
  • different kinds of deposits
  • exploration technology
  • production technology
  • environmental impact

Week #3 : Global oil reserves and resources

  • energy and vevelopment
  • energy transitions
  • energy povertdistribution of global oil reserves and resources
  • what is the meaning of reserves
  • oil production
  • the impact of nonconventional oil

Week #4 : Gas: The economics of natural gas

  • what is natural gas and how it differs from oil
  • gas networks
  • pipeline gas
  • L.N.G.

Week #5 : The geopolitics of natural gas

  • domestic production and imports of gas in Europe
  • E.U.-Russia relations
  • security of supply issues

Week #6 : Renewable energy sources

  • main sources of renewable energy
  • renewable sources for heat and transport
  • renewable sources for power generation
  • intermittency

Week #7 : Nuclear energy

  • nuclear after Fukushima
  • economics of nuclear energy
  • waste disposal
  • safety
  • Alternative nuclear technologies
  • nuclear energy and non-proliferation

Week #8 : Dilemmas of (European) energy policy

  • energy and competitiveness
  • energy security
  • energy and the environment

Informations pédagogiques


  • Public visé : The MOOC is very accessible to a wide public. But it will also provide a lot of resources for those who have an advanced level, like professionals and opinion leaders with an interest in international energy relations and policies. Energy is prominently present in the media almost every day and having a sound understanding of the nexus between technical and political considerations is essential to politicians, diplomats, journalists as well as executives of energy companies to correctly evaluate their options and strategies.
  • Pré-requis : The MOOC requires no special scientific, mathematical or economic background. All key concepts are clearly and elementarily explained. It is expected that it will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students in schools where an equivalent course is not offered (this being the case for the vast majority of schools).

Objectif pédagogique du MOOC Politics and Economics of International Energy

Objectif : Interpret the political impact of current developments.

Édition et diffusion du MOOC Politics and Economics of International Energy (session 2)




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Crédit image : Jacob Garcia

1ère publication : 27.07.2015 - Mise à jour : 20.10.2015