Subject details

On successful completion of this subject you should be able to:

  1. demonstrably identify the objectives of energy policy such as economic efficiency, energy conservation, avoiding environmental degradation, economic development, sustainability, government revenue, urban transport, urban settlement, and the development of new energy technologies
  2. demonstrably identify, describe and critically assess contemporary energy policy issues
  3. demonstrably recognise and critically analyse the roles of energy policy institutions
  4. describe how energy policy is made and changed
  5. read and critically analyse energy policy documents.
    • Energy policy objectives
    • Policy institutions and instruments
    • Policy interactions
    • Developing policy alternatives
    • Policy analysis modelling tools
    • Energy safety and risk assessment
    • Sustainable energy policy for green growth
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

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

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

Core
  • MUR-EES-GDI-2019
Elective
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2019
  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2019

Special requirements

No special requirements

The subject seeks to provide an understanding of the public 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, along with the range of policy instruments available to achieve them. Political and economic drivers of policy formation are explored in the areas of fossil fuel policy, nuclear energy, the global environment, renewable energy, energy sustainability, and above all climate change.

This subject will be assessed by online discussion on current news (5%), an essay-format critical analysis of energy policy concepts (25%); a choice between either a research project report analysing a contemporary issue of energy policy implementation, or two shorter energy policy 'issue briefs', as might be prepared for government (35%); and a final essay-format examination (35%). Feedback on assessment components is provided by the subject coordinator and teaching assistants, both written and during class discussion. Additional feedback is provided to students via email and on LMS by the subject coordinator.

  • Discussion Forum (5%)
  • Closed book invigilated exam (35%)
  • Critical Analysis Essay (25%)
  • Research Project Report (35%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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