The course aims at presenting a comprehensive analysis of the issues of energy, environment and European policy from a strong multidisciplinary perspective, as this new course encompasses three different disciplines (energy economics, environmental economics and history of international relations).
Main references for the first module:
1. C. Egenhofer and L. Grigoriev, “European Energy Security. What should it mean?”, ESF
Working Paper n. 23, 2006
(http://www.ceps.eu/book/european-energy-security-what-should-it-mean-what-do) pag. 4-25.
2. Tonini A., “The EEC Commission and the European Energy Policy: A Historical Appraisal”, in Bardazzi, Pazienza, Tonini (eds), Enhancing European energy and climate security: Eastern strategic partners, unconventional sources and public policies, Springer 2015, pp. 13-35. The Pdf file will be available for download in the Moodle Course web page.
Main references for the second module:
1. Bhattacharyya S.C. (2011), Energy Economics: Concepts, Issues, Markets and Governance, Springer. Chapters: 2, 3, 4, 8, 11,12, 20.
2. ECB (2010), “Energy markets and the Euro area macroeconomy”, Occasional Paper Series, n.113, June.
Main references for the third module:
1. Dessler A.E. Introduction to Modern Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, 3rd edition (Chapters 1-4, 9, 11,13)
2.Perman et al. Natural resource and environmental economics, Addison Wesley, 4th edition. Chapters 5 (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 only) and 6 (6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 only).
3. For second and third module: Bardazzi R., M.G. Pazienza (2015), “Public policies and the energy mix in Italy: where do we stand?”, in Bardazzi R., M.G. Pazienza, A.Tonini (Eds), Enhancing European energy and climate security: Eastern strategic partners, unconventional sources and public policies, Springer. Available for download on Moodle.
Additional readings and paragraphs excluded from chapters listed above will be detailed on the Moodle page.
Knowledge: to provide students with the knowledge and the tools to identify and discuss the main historical developments in international relations between energy producer and importer countries, apply the key concepts and models of energy and environmental economics. The course aims at giving the ability of applying critical thinking and comparing different policies, with a focus on EU. Students will have developed the capacity to express in writing the knowledge gained during the course.
We remind that this exam fulfills 9 credits of Political Economy of the Master's Programme. Therefore we require as pre-requisites a basic grounding in microeconomics, macroeconomics, international history which are included in the admission requirements of the Master's Programme. Erasmus students who do not have the necessary academic background are strongly advised not to enroll in this course.
Lectures and seminars. Teachers and scholars from other Italian and/or foreign universities are invited to give lectures on specific topics, relevant for the course.
The course uses Moodle e-learning platform where the course syllabus, handouts, slides and research materials will be available for all students. The moodle page is open until September 2023, at the beginning of the new academic year.
Attending and non-attending students are encouraged to download the slides of the lectures and all other materials available on the platform. The key of the course to access the Moodle page should be asked to the teacher.
This course is part of the Jean Monnet Chair "HOuseholds’ energy Poverty in the EU: PERspectives for research and policies" (HOPPER) financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission for the years 2019-2023.
HOPPER Scholarship Awards for students
These student awards are funded by the Jean Monnet Chair. They are designed to support study visits abroad at partner universities and will be awarded on a competitive basis to two students who meet the necessary criteria (research project, cv, performance in the course). In Spring 2023, selected students will be offered the opportunity of visiting Riga Technical University (Latvia) under the supervision of Professor Tambovceva. During this visit (10-15 days) students will be offered the opportunity of several activities (visiting facilities for waste recycling, renewable energy sites and energy companies; attending seminars and conferences; meeting with energy stakeholders).
The selection procedure will be published after the winter session of exams. Information will be available on the course website in due time.
Modalità di verifica apprendimento
INTERMEDIATE TESTS for attending students (not compulsory)
After each module a test with (30) multiple-choice questions will be carried out. These tests are meant to encourage the students to study along with the lectures and check their preparation before the final exam.
Students who will take all (3) tests will be assigned a bonus for the final vote of the exam according to the following criteria:
- having answered correctly to at least 16 out of 30 questions in each test;
- then, as an average overall test grades:
a) if the average grade is between 20 and 25, 1 additional point will be added to the grade of the final written exam
b) if the average grade is between 26 and 30, 2 additional points will be added to the grade of the final written exam.
The finale exam is **** WRITTEN ***** (in English) with open questions. Students must answer all questions to be considered for evaluation of their test. Grades are expressed in thirtieths.
In the written exam, students should show: knowledge of the course topics and ability to organize and present this knowledge with the correct use of language and glossary specific of the field; the ability to critically analyze the issues which are relevant for the field; the ability to use the knowledge to interpret the evolution of energy markets and the determinants of relations between the market players.
Programma del corso
The course is divided into three modules.
- A broad historical appraisal (1850-2020): from steam to oil. Changes in the global energy consumption patterns)
- Oil as a new gold rush: the United States, Russia and the Middle East, 1890-1945
- An increasing energy dependency for Europe (1945-1974)
- Oil crisis in the Seventies: inflation, welfare state and less developed countries debt.
- A first European response: diversification of sources and suppliers, nuclear power generation
- European dependency and non-member countries supply: how much this affects EU external relations?
- Energy and the economy
- Measuring energy security, intensity and efficiency
- Energy data and Energy Balance
- Energy demand: models for households and firms
- Basic economics of energy production/supply
- The climate change issue: data and perspectives
- Energy use and climate change
- Mitigation and adaptation policies
- Focus on mitigation policy instruments: Market based instruments (taxation, and ETS); Voluntary behavior and regulation (green finance)
- International Environmental agreements