In the Political Science department we have interest in the development of two different courses. The first will be interested in Chinese politics, specifically from the lens of energy policy. Energy is a useful frame for studying Chinese politics, because it involves the tensions with privatization, increased reliance on natural resources for growth, and China’s place in global environmental politics. The second course will primarily focus on energy in the Middle East. The focus for this course has not been determined yet, and may largely rely on the available resources and trends in the academic community.