2023-2024 / SPOL2337-1

European energetic policy


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS) (Odd years, organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS) (CATANE (OUT)) (Odd years, organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS) (CATANE (IN)), 1st year (Odd years, organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (60 ECTS) (Odd years, organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology) (Odd years, organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 


Maxime Habran

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is held every odd year (2019-2020.) For the last ten years, the energy question has been a subject of debate in Europe. The Suez crisis in 1956, the Arab oil embargo of 1973 and more recently the conflict between Ukraine and Russia have rung alarm bells for the security of the energy supply of the European Union. Having been relegated to the margins of European treaties for a long time, energy policy is today an integral part of the treaty of Lisbon. Due to its environmental dimension, it can also be associated with the fight against global warming today.  Having an impact both on the environment, the common market and agriculture, it is more and more at the crossroads of policy. From this viewpoint it can easily be considered as transversal policy. Emphasis will be placed on the energy situation of the past, present and future. European resources, consumption and production will be studied. The situation of energy dependence will be the common thread. The objective of the course will be to analyze the multiple aspects of European energy (economic, legal and political) while keeping a close look at the power-relations between the member states. Practical examples of the situation in Russia and the USA will be analyzed. Finally, the opportunities offered by new energy sources used by the European Union in its quest for energy independence will be studied.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course will make it possible to tease out the theoretical tools necessary to understand and analyze European energy policy and to situate it in an international context.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course will be comprised of ex-cathedra lessons and one or two lectures given by an invited speaker. 

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face to face

Recommended or required readings

Recommended reading : - Vial Claire, "Energie et/ou Climat : l'Union européenne prêche d'exemple dans le désert, RAE-LEA, 2009-2010/4, pp. 811-820. - Veyrenc Thomas, "Un nouveau paradigme pour la politique énergétique européenne?" Questions d'Europe, Fondation Robert Schuman n°162 et 163, 29 p. - Ferron André, « Pour une politique commune de l'énergie », Nouvelles Fondations, Issues 2, p. 70. - Institut Montaigne, Quelle politique de l'énergie pour l'Union européenne ? 2007, 109 p.

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

There will be an oral exam based in part on theoretical knowledge acquired during the course. The students will be encouraged to reflect and ask questions on the main energy-related topics.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Course notes will be available after each lesson on MyULg. 


Dr. Maxime Habran Département de Sciences politiques, Université de Liège Quartier Agora, place des Orateurs 3 4000 Liège  Mail : mhabran@uliege.be 

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