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Society's requirements for energy for heating, cooling, electricity and transportation are a major driver of greenhouse gas emissions. This module will provide students with the opportunity to understand technical, social and spatial dimensions of energy systems and how these interact with environmental parameters whilst also gaining knowledge and experience of some of the key methodologies used in managing and protecting the environment. The module will cover fundamental material on energy science and systems based on current usage of fossil fuels, as well as investigating a range of strategies for possible energy provision in the future (e.g. renewables, nuclear fusion, hydrogen, and energy conservation). This module will also bring into view that the energy system is a socio-technical system, and that energy system change or low carbon transitions will not simply be the result of changes to technical components. As such, the imperatives driving change, public and stakeholders attitudes towards energy system change, and geographical imaginings of how such changes may manifest, will also be key foci. Lectures will also introduce key management and research methodologies, outlining strengths, limitations, the legal context and practical examples of use within the context of energy and environment. Practical sessions will provide opportunities for hands-on experience with different methods applied to energy problems either through group working or use of computer software. Practitioners from Stockholm Environment Institute and environmental consultancy will present sessions giving their own experiences of energy and environment as well as the use of different tools to manage environmental impacts.
By the end of the module, you should:
Generic / Employability Skills:
The module provides technical, scientific and policy understanding of the energy sector which will be a key employment sector for environmental graduates for the foreseeable future.
The module provides understanding and hands-on experience of some key methodologies of environmental management used in a wide range of sectors:
Seminars by external speakers and field visits to energy facilities widen the experience of the energy sector.
The practical component of the course is based on problem-solving within groups, helping to develop a range of generic skills:
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Essay - Policy Analysis
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2000 word essay
Feedback on group tasks is provided as written comments on returned work (copied to each individual) and via a class discussion session in the following week.
Feedback on individual reports is provided as written comments on returned work and detailed class feedback in written form (disseminated via the VLE) giving generic information on good practice and improvement actions. Individual coursework is available for collection before end of spring term.
Examination scripts are made available to students in a dedicated session with the course lecturers available for one-to-one discussion. This allows identification of any points for improvement in future examinations.
MacKay, David (2009). Sustainable energy without the hot air. UIT, Cambridge, UK
Randolph, John and Masters, Gilbert (2008). Energy for sustainability. Island Press
Boyle, Godfrey (2012). Renewable energy: Power for a sustainable future. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
Everett, Bob et al. (2011). Energy systems and sustainability. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK