Undergraduate Course: Energy Policy and Sustainability (STIS10008)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||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 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1) Policy Brief - 1,000 words (25%) - submitted mid-way through the semester.
2) Final Essay - 3,500 words (75%).
|| Students will be provided with written feedback on their submissions within approximately 3 weeks of the submission date
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have an understanding of key policy and societal debates shaping transition pathways to low carbon and sustainable energy systems
- Can critically evaluate contributions to debates on energy technology issues, and decisions on them
- Have an understanding of relevant concepts from Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and their application to energy system transformation
- Can identify and evaluate a selection of techniques and procedures used in energy policy analysis, decision-making and assessment
- Have developed their skills in finding and using arguments and information on different energy options and in critically evaluating such material
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Kirsten Jenkins
|Course secretary||Mr Daniel Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8253