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Energy Security in Israel and the Middle East - JPM822
Title: Energy Security in Israel and the Middle East
Guaranteed by: Department of Security Studies (23-KBS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2022
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unknown (25)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Dr. Irena Kalhousová
Teacher(s): Dr. Irena Kalhousová
Class: Courses for incoming students
Last update: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (29.09.2022)
A one-week intensive course.

Lecturer: Dr. Elai Retting (Bar-Ilan University)

17.10./17.00 - 19.50/ Room 301
18.10./14.00 - 15.20/ Room 312
19.10./11.00 - 12.30/ Room 301 + 12.30 - 13.50/ Room 312
20.10./12.30 - 14.00/ Room 313

Zoom link:

Course Readings: On Moodle arranged by Lecture
Moodle link:

How does oil wealth affect democracy and human rights in the Middle East? How did the Israeli-Arab conflict shape our global energy markets? How can we promote renewable energy in the Middle East, and how will the oil-rich regimes of the region survive the transition away from fossil fuels?

This course examines how the global energy markets operate and how they affect the politics and economics of the Middle East. Students interested in working in the energy/environmental industry or in the policy world will gain a deeper understanding of the profound impact that energy has on the security, growth and foreign policy of Israel, Iran, and the Arab countries of the region. Students will examine how these countries secure their energy markets and suppliers, how they (mis)manage their oil revenue, how they use energy resources as a foreign policy tool to advance either conflict and cooperation, and what role do renewables and nuclear energy have in the future of the Middle East. Students will then be tasked with writing their own policy papers to try and influence the process of energy policymaking in the region. While the course focuses on Israel and the Middle East, it is widely relevant to students interested in energy policy formulation in Europe, the United States and elsewhere.
Aim of the course
Last update: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (17.09.2022)

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

·       Analyse current events and trends in the energy markets and economies of the major powers in the Middle East, including Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Iran

·       Access credible sources on energy consumption, production, and prices when devising policy regarding a country’s energy market

·       Produce an energy or environment-related policy paper that is relevant to government officials, using primary sources and relying on independent, objective, and evidence-based arguments   

Course completion requirements
Last update: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (27.09.2022)

Because this is an intensive course, attendance at all classes is compulsory and essential for you to have a broad understanding of all the issues raised.


Required reading is compulsory BEFORE each lesson. Further reading is highly recommended for each class and will be very helpful for the essays.

Late essays will automatically have 5% of their grade deducted for each day after the submission deadline e.g. a late essay on the day of submission will lose 5%, an essay submitted the day after will lose 10% and so on.



Students will be evaluated in three key areas:

(a) Attendance and participation (15%) – October 17-20, 2022

(b) Multiple-choice quiz after the course (15%) – November 10, 2022

(c) Submission of one essay (70%) – December 22, 2022


(A) Attendance and participation in the course will count towards 15% of your final grade. Attendance to all the sessions will account for 5%. Each lecture will last around 80 minutes, with time for discussions and questions at the end. Though students are encouraged to speak in the post-lecture discussions, this is not mandatory; participation will be graded on a pass or fail basis (10%).

(B) Students will have to answer a series of multiple-choice questions on Moodle a few weeks after the last in-person class. The questions will relate to the topics we covered in class and will help you remember the literature and key concepts after the course ends (15%). The quiz is 1-hour long and composed of 10 questions. It will take place on Moodle on November 10 from 10am to 10pm CET. Once you begin, you will have one hour to complete the Quiz.

(C) Final essay: each student will submit a 2000-word essay, which will count for 70% of their final grade. Students may choose one question among a list of five questions that will be made available on Moodle by the end of the course. Each question will correspond to one of the six topics that we will discuss during the course. Footnotes are included in the word count, bibliographies and title pages are not. The essay deadline is December 22, 2022. Further information can be found on the course's Moodle page.

Last update: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (17.09.2022)
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Teaching methods
Last update: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (17.09.2022)

Lectures and seminars.

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