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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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IEM 330 - Geopolitics of Fossil Fuels

Critical analysis of the geopolitical characteristics of fossil fuels. Course draws upon policy, historical data, production and consumption patterns, and political processes to understand the relationship between fossil fuels and geopolitical processes around the world.

Credits: (5)

General Education Category: K4 - Global Dynamics

General Education Pathways: P1 Civic & Community Engagement, P3 Perspectives on Current Issues, P4 Social Justice

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify, analyze and evaluate past, present, and likely future developments in global, national, and local energy issues resulting from geopolitical changes.
  • Analyze the uneven distribution of fossil fuels around the world and discuss how their exploitation affects social groups in different ways based on diversity, inequality, privilege, or political power from a critical perspective.
  • Define geopolitical concepts that relate to fossil fuel energy systems and demonstrate an understanding of the processes required to become an active participant in the economy, politics, and the environment at a global scale.
  • Asses significant energy resource issues and identify social, cultural, economic, historic, environmental, or political factors of concern regarding production, transportation, transformation, and consumption of fossil fuels globally.
  • Write, research, analyze, and present on any complex global energy problems that address themes covered in class.
  • Explain the different strategies used by petro-states to influence political decisions and propose ways in which the impacts of these strategies affect society locally, regionally, and globally.

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Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Spring Locations: Ellensburg

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