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Alan Richards has had a distinguished [33]-year teaching career, first in the Economics Department and more recently in Environmental Studies. His class, Blood and Oil: Energy, the Middle East, and War, is legendary on campus. His experience living in the Middle East and working at the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Agency for International Development informs his teaching, as does his interdisciplinary approach to scholarship.

ENVS 144: Blood and Oil: Energy, the Middle East and War UC Santa Cruz

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    • 4.0, 6 Ratings

Alan Richards has had a distinguished [33]-year teaching career, first in the Economics Department and more recently in Environmental Studies. His class, Blood and Oil: Energy, the Middle East, and War, is legendary on campus. His experience living in the Middle East and working at the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Agency for International Development informs his teaching, as does his interdisciplinary approach to scholarship.

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Moleman Williams ,

Excellent Presentation

This course is an in depth survey of how the discovery of oil and its invaluable uses in modern civilization has led to so much conflict, often with the U. S. at the center of it. It is voluminous in scope and Professor Richards delivery and organization make the subject matter crystal clear. It is the most informative course I’ve monitored on iTunes U. If you want to understand foreign policy in the modern age this is a must.

UCSC_2010 ,

Formative Class

Professor Richards takes a trans-disciplinary approach to dissect and re-frame the issues associated with America's demand for oil. This class provides more then its content. Its utility come in the way it challenges you to think about an issue and examine it's complexity from multiple perspectives. The only problem with this podcast format is that the associated readings for the course are not available.

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