Undergraduate Course: Energy, environment and security: energy policy in Britain, France and the United States 1945-1974 (ECSH10062)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines the main developments in energy economics and policy in France, Britain and the United States between 1945 and 1974. A background in first-year economics or British economic and environmental history is helpful to students taking this course.
Topics covered include: nationalisation; monopoly; marginal-cost pricing; test discount rates and investment appraisal; national security; technological choice; and oil cartels.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, PTs are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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 **
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of qualitative and quantitative material;
- 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;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Martin Chick Electricity and Energy Policy in Britain, France and the United States since 1945|
J. Nelson Marginal-Cost Pricing in Practice
Steven Stoft Power System Economics
R. Ekelund and R. Hébert Secret Origins of Modern Microeconomics: Dupuit and the Engineers
R. Hirsh Technology and Transformation in the American Electric Utility Industry
G. Hecht, The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Martin Chick
Tel: (0131 6)50 3842
|Course secretary||Miss Lorna Berridge