Geography of Global Energy Systems in Transition: Russia, China and the US

Explores, through the lenses of social science, management, and policy foundations, how and why existing energy systems have developed over the 20th century and factors that constrain and shape the means to change them. Focuses on a multidisciplinary, comparative study of the social, organizational, cultural, political, spatial and economic conditions related to energy in Russia, China and the United States. Through a combination of lectures, group work, in-class simulations and individual projects, students will apply a diverse set of frameworks, theories, and conceptual tools to describe and explain behavior at various levels of aggregation (e.g. individuals, households, firms) with respect to structures (e.g. labor markets), governments and social movements.

1st class meets Wednesday, September 10th.