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Undergraduate Course: Energy, environment and security: energy policy in Britain, France and the United States since 1974 (ECSH10063)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the main developments in energy economics and policy in France, Britain and the United States since 1974. A background in first-year economics or British economic and environmental history is helpful to students taking this course.
Course description Topics covered include: privatisation, liberalisation and regulation; natural resource depletion rates; trading and pricing of electricity; national security; short- and long-run pricing; cartels; renewables; and social discount rates.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first-level historical or economics courses or equivalent, and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second-level historical or economics courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admissions Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 50 3767).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  41
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is examined by one-single 2-hour exam(75%) and one assessed essay of 2,000-2,500 words(25%).
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a firm grasp of energy economics and the ability to apply these economic principles to historical material.
  2. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship.
  3. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of qualitative and quantitative material.
  4. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence.
  5. Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Martin Chick Electricity and Energy Policy in Britain, France and the United States since 1945
Steven Stoft Power System Economics
M A Adelman The Economics of Petroleum Supply
R Hirsh Power Loss: The Origins of Deregulation and Restructuring in the American
Electric Utility System
D Newbery Privatisation, Restructuring and Regulation of Network Utilities
J Griffin and S Puller(eds). Electricity Deregulation : Choices and Challenges
D. Helm Energy, the State and Market: British Energy Policy since 1979
A. Kahn The Economics of Regulation
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEnergy 1974
Course organiserProf Martin Chick
Tel: (0131 6)50 3842
Course secretaryMiss Lorraine Nolan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1783
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