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Fall 2017
Jan 18, 2018
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MSFS 549 - Petroleum in Global Econ
This course provides an introduction to the key issues and challenges for business leaders in the petroleum industry and for those who seek to regulate or interact with them.

The oil and gas industry is arguably the most genuinely global in operation today. Companies in the industry span the full range, from ‘national champion’ state owned companies and the largest multinationals to tiny independents. Its proponents argue its products are essential to modern life; yet companies in the industry are also often controversial and, at times, despised. Governments regulate the industry, actively participate in the raw material and product markets and many have their own oil and gas companies.

The course will deal with major policy questions such as pricing, resource exploitation in less developed countries, climate change and energy security. It will approach these issues through the lens of the business participants’ concerns and priorities. It does so via an in depth understanding of the economic fundamentals of the industry and its approaches to investment, portfolio design and risk management, as well as the external environment in which it operates.

The first half of the program will explore the context of the industry, the business approach of those involved, how different participants influence and take investment decisions, and the changes brought about by globalization, new technologies, environmental regulation and a volatile commercial environment. The second half will explore the major issues of geopolitics, environment and security as they impact the industry – and vice versa.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor
Schedule Types: Seminar

MS in Foreign Service Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Arab Studies
      Asian Studies
      Eurasian, Russian, E Euro Stud
      Foreign Service
      German and European Studies
      Global Human Development
      Latin American Studies
      Law/Arab Studies
      Law/Foreign Service
      Law/Security Studies
      Security Studies

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