Source knowledge about energy policy processes and the organisations that power direction and boost outcomes in the energy sector. Study policy objectives. Fuel thoughts and debate a range of nuclear, fossil, renewable and sustainable energy policies
This research-based university in Perth has a strong interdisciplinary focus and a reputation for outstanding teaching and ground-breaking research. With more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff from over 90 countries, and campuses in Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch embraces free thinking, shared ideas and knowledge to make a difference, and Open Universities Australia is certainly part of that.
On successful completion of this subject you should be able to:
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
demonstrably identify, describe and critically assess contemporary energy policy issues
demonstrably recognise and critically analyse the roles of energy policy institutions
describe how energy policy is made and changed
read and critically analyse energy policy documents.
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.