Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration
PADM-5515: Sustainable Energy Policy
Description: Sustainable 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 http://carleton.ca/sppa/academics/course-information/2013-fall-course-outlines/ (accessed 7 January 2014)