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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

Undergraduate Course: Energy Policy and Sustainability (STIS10008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryEnergy Policy and Sustainability provides students with an understanding of contemporary societal and policy debates around key energy technologies in the context of the transition towards more sustainable and lower carbon energy systems. The course will take a distinctive STIS approach which will equip students with the analytical tools necessary to critically evaluate key energy technology and policy debates in the UK, Europe and globally.
Course description Energy Policy and Sustainability provides students with an understanding of contemporary societal and policy debates around key energy technologies in the context of the transition towards sustainable and lower carbon energy systems. The course will take a distinctive STIS approach which will equip students with the analytical tools necessary to critically evaluate key energy technology and policy debates in the UK, Europe and globally.

Relevant concepts and frameworks from the STIS field will be introduced in order to unpack the complex relationships between energy technologies, actors and institutions. Students will be encouraged to look beyond deterministic accounts of energy system change, and to have an understanding of the range of societal actors shaping sustainable energy transition pathways.

The lecture series is divided into two parts: in lectures 1-5 students will be introduced to key concepts from Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies. These will be explored against a backdrop of contemporary energy policy strategies covering various aspects of our energy system, including: energy supply technologies, transport options, and domestic energy consumption. Students taking a planned 10 credit masters course called Introduction to Energy Policy and Politics will also participate in these lectures. Lectures 6-10 will focus on cross-technology thematic issues such as the development of energy scenarios, energy market liberalisation, and how we define energy security.

Example topics to be covered in the lectures include:
The role of different actors in shaping energy supply technologies
The introduction of new types of vehicle within well-established transport systems
Innovations in end use technologies and smarter demand
The role of the state and market in liberalised energy markets
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1) Pre-class exercises (10%) - submitted ahead of each of the first 5 lectures. Students will be asked to complete a brief written summary of a required reading (250-300 words) or alternative exercise
2) Policy Brief - 1,000 words (25%) - submitted mid-way through the semester.
3) Final Essay - 3,000 words (65%).
Feedback Students will be provided with written feedback on their submissions within approximately 3 weeks of the submission date
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have an understanding of key policy and societal debates shaping transition pathways to low carbon and sustainable energy systems
  2. Can critically evaluate contributions to debates on energy technology issues, and decisions on them
  3. Have an understanding of relevant concepts from Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and their application to energy system transformation
  4. Can identify and evaluate a selection of techniques and procedures used in energy policy analysis, decision-making and assessment
  5. Have developed their skills in finding and using arguments and information on different energy options and in critically evaluating such material
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Faye Wade
Tel:
Email: Faye.Wade@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Alexander Dysart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5197
Email: Alex.Dysart@ed.ac.uk
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