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Energy, Environment, and Sustainability

Course 2017-2018

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EES

Admissions requirements

Energy and Resource Management

Description

Ensuring a stable supply of energy is a global concern and the focus of increasing attention. The extraction and use of traditional sources of energy, i.e. fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas), is associated with diverse and long-lasting environmental effects and is responsible for the majority of anthropogenic GHG emissions. The continued viability of fossil fuels as a primary energy source is beleaguered by climate-environment risks and security of supply issues affected by physical resource reserves, fuel prices, energy consumption, and unstable geopolitics in many fuel producing regions. Such concerns over climate change and security of supply represent a significant driving force for the implementation of alternative energy strategies focused on sustainable energy sources.

This course adopts an interdisciplinary focus and explores various energy-related issues through an interdisciplinary lens. For example, we will investigate the socio-political impacts of energy infrastructure development, as well as the links between different energy resources and a range of marine and terrestrial environmental issues. We will also explore science communication, greenwashing and climate policy.

Course objectives

Upon completing this course students will be able to:

  • Students can think holistically about energy security issues and their links to sustainable development
  • Students can describe how the exploitation and use of various energy sources impacts the environment
  • Students can discuss and identify the socio-political impacts of resource exploitation for energy purposes
  • Students can apply the knowledge gained in class to various contemporary energy issues related issues

Timetable

Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

This course will proceed primarily as a seminar. Each class will include opening remarks/introductory lecture followed by a discussion of assigned readings, class activities, and student presentations. It is expected that students will engage actively in class discussions and debates.

Assessment

  • Discussion leader: 25% (students do this once between week 2-6)
  • Research project: 25% (due in week 5, but we work on it from week 1-5)
  • Arctic oil development hearing: 30% (week 7)
  • Re-writing Assignment (students rewrite a newspaper article using peer reviewed literature): 20% (due end of week 8)

Blackboard

There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

Syllabus will be made available before the start of the course as there are a few short readings for the first seminar.

Registration

This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact course.administration@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Contact

Dr. Bríd Walsh
b.m.walsh@luc.leidenuniv.nl

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