Undergraduate Course: Energy, environment and security: energy policy in Britain, France and the United States since 1974 (ECSH10063)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|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 since 1974. A background in first-year economics or British economic and environmental history is helpful to students taking this course.
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)
||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: 504030).
In addition, a background in first-year economics or British economic and environmental history is helpful to students taking this course.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must have 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Enrolments for this course are managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department. All enquiries to enrol must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
2,000 word Essay (on a particular topic in the course) (50%)
2,000 word Essay (running across almost all of the topics in the course) (50%)
||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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, a firm grasp of energy economics and the ability to apply these economic principles to historical material.
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship.
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of qualitative and quantitative material.
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, 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|
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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Martin Chick
Tel: (0131 6)50 3842
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Ord
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580