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Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 432 (EME 432) Energy Policy (3) Analysis, formulation, implementation, and impacts of energy-related policies, regulations, and initiatives.

GEOG (EME) 432 Energy Policy (3)

As concerns for a secure, stable, and clean energy future grow, so does the need for individuals who can develop, assess, and implement effective energy policies and practices. GEOG 437 / EME 437 provides students with an in-depth exploration of energy policy development, implementation, and assessment at multiple governmental and corporate scales. The course utilizes contemporary real-world problems and actions to provide students context for the drivers, frameworks, and assumptions of energy policy.

The course is structured to provide students with the expertise necessary to identify energy policy needs, craft policy alternatives, and evaluate energy policy. Emphasis on tailoring energy policy to meet not just economic goals but also environmental and social goals creates a global perspective from which students learn to approach energy policy challenges. Students will undertake a course-long project in which they must research and write an energy policy at a scale and on a topic of their choosing. They will utilize activities from each lesson in the course to refine their topic, research policy options, and develop an energy policy. Because the demand for highly analytical individuals is so great among energy professionals, students will also anonymously critique another student’s policy. This Capstone Project of the course will hone the analytical and communication skills necessary to complete this degree program.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: E B F 200, EGEE 120, PL SC 490

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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