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This subject provides a general introduction to the many issues that need to be considered when examining the global energy system.
These include -
- A brief history of different forms of energy and energy technologies
- The historical relationship between energy use and industrialisation
- The social, environmental and economic costs and benefits of different forms of energy and energy technology
- An introduction to energy resources and resource economics
- A brief review of the costs of different forms of energy
- Historical, current and projected energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutant emissions
- Opportunities for greenhouse gas mitigation.
Intended learning outcomes
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILO)
On completion of this subject students should be able to -
- Appreciate the historical precedents that have led to the current, global energy system
- Consider the social, environmental and economic costs and benefits of different forms of energy and energy technology
- Consider the complex relationships between the use of different primary, secondary and tertiary energies.
Having completed this unit the student should be able to -
- Communicate effectively with the community at large
- Have an understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of a professional, and the need for sustainable development.
Last updated: 3 November 2022