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PADM 5115: Introduction to State and Society
PADM 5116: Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance
PADM 5117: Public Sector Management and the Canadian Political System
PADM 5211: Canadian Intergovernmental Relations
PADM 5212: Public Policy and Civil Society - Options and Issues in Financing the Third Sector
PADM 5213: Gender and Public Policy
PADM 5214 Budgetary Policy in the Public Sector
PADM 5215 Benefit-Cost Analysis
PADM 5220 Regulation and Public Policy
PADM 5221: Health Policy in Canada
PADM 5223: Economic Policy in Canada
PADM 5224 Aboriginal Policy - The North
PADM 5225: Trade Policy
PADM 5229: The Health of Populations
PADM 5272: Risk Assessment and Management
PADM 5411 Organization Theory
PADM 5412 Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector
PADM 5415 Strategic Management in the Public Sector
PADM 5416: Budget Management for the Public Sector
PADM 5417 Principles of Finance
PADM 5418 Human Resource Management
PADM 5420: Policy & Program Evaluation
PADM 5421: Globalizing Public Management - Measuring and Monitoring Governance
PADM 5422 Urban and Local Government Management
PADM 5423: Third Sector Governance and Management
PADM 5472: Managing Policy and Process in a Federal Government Policy Organization
PADM 5472: Technology and Public Administratin
PADM 5472: The Politics of Management: Thinking like a Manager
PADM 5510: Energy Economics
PADM 5515: Sustainable Energy Policy
PADM 5614: Natural Resource Management
PADM 5615: Policy and Politics of Energy in Canada
PADM 5618: Environmental and Ecological Economics
PADM 5672: Innovation Policy
PADM 5813 The Evolution of World Bank/IMF Policy
PADM 5814 Program and Project Management
PADM 5815: Civil Society Organizations and Development
PADM 5816 Program Evaluation in Developing Countries
PADM 5818 Theories of Development


Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration

PADM-5515: Sustainable Energy Policy

DescriptionSustainable energy policy debates and conflicts are an increasingly common phenomenon in industrialized countries. This course has been created for the Sustainable Energy Policy M.A. program and explores the ideas, institutions, actors, and processes which drive and regulate societal investments in energy technologies and systems in Canada. There is a revolution underway in our thinking about energy systems as the global trend to decarbonize energy production, transmission, and consumption accelerates. The implications for our industrial, commercial, residential and transportation infrastructure and our tools of communication, commerce, and leisure will be profound. The search for technological innovations to transform society toward a low carbon future can be both driven and delayed by public policy. Public policies related to security and diversity of energy supply, robust delivery systems, atmospheric carbon loading and air quality, technology innovation, toxic waste management, endangered species and spaces, together with community resistance to technological change, all in the context of geopolitical power relations, will ensure that sustainable energy policy issues remain salient in global and domestic debates. This course will survey the issues and in doing so will take cognizance of the global drivers while focusing primarily on the Canadian domestic energy policy system, which is in many respects is a microcosm of global energy politics.   

Faculty: Glen Toner (Fall 2013)

Source: Syllabus downloaded from (accessed 7 January 2014)


Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Policy and Management Subject



Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles suggest the following candidates for teaching topics to be developed:

  • Canadian Energy Landscape and Context
  • Science, Politics and Projections in Determining the Energy Future
  • Ideas, Drivers and Constraints in Sustainable Energy Policy
  • “Cleaning Up” the Energy System
  • Efficiency and Reducing Energy Consumption
  • Hydroelectricity and Canada’s Low-Carbon Foundation
  • The Green Shift- Policy Mechanisms for Developing the Green Economy

Page created by: Ian Clark, 7 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.




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