Energy Policy - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - 2500 words (30%) , Invigilated Exam - 3 hour exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,070.00
International 2,320.00

The objective of this unit is to provide an understanding of the policy processes and institutions that give rise to the shape, direction and outcomes in the energy sector. The sources of energy policy objectives are explored and the range of policy instruments to achieve objectives is outlined. These objectives and instruments approach are then applied in the areas of fossil fuel policy, nuclear energy, the global environment, renewable energy and energy sustainability.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. assess the factors relevant to the policy decision process
  2. distinguish between good and bad energy policies
  3. identify the role and range of institutions involved in the policy process
  4. identify the range of policy objectives
  5. choose the appropriate policy instruments to address these objectives.
  • Assignment — 2500 words (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 3 hour exam (50%)
  • Report — Policy Brief (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Concepts of policy analysis
2Policy objectives
3Policy institutions
4Policy in the global environment
5Policy on fossil fuels
6Nuclear energy and energy policy
7Policy for renewable energy
8Energy policy and sustainability
9Public Choice Theory

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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