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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-5615: Politics and Policy of Energy in Canada

DescriptionThis course focuses on energy politics and policy in the Canadian context. It starts by considering what is meant by ‘the energy system’ and ‘sustainable energy policy’ and moves on to explore a series of important themes in current energy policy. These address the global energy outlook, continental energy markets, de-regulation, jurisdictional fragmentation, environmental problems and climate change. The second part of the course examines Canada’s regional energy economies and a variety of policy problems associated with energy sources, sectors, and options. The course will pay attention to current controversies relating to energy policy including arguments over pipelines and shale gas, and discussion of a Canadian energy strategy.

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the challenge to Canadian decision-makers presented by sustainable energy policy. By the end of the semester students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the range and substance of political and policy issues related to energy politics and policy in Canada;
  • demonstrate appropriate cognitive, communicative and transferable skills, including understanding complex concepts and theories, exercising critical judgement, making effective oral and written presentations, utilising specialist primary and secondary sources, and deepening the capacity for independent learning.

Faculty: James Meadowcroft (Fall 2012)

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:

  • The energy system and energy policy
  • Sustainable energy policy
  • The evolution of Canadian energy policy
  • Energy policy in a global context
  • Energy policy goals and policy instruments
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • A national energy strategy for Canada
  • Ontario’s nuclear strategy
  • The sustainable development of the oil sands
  • Ontario’s Green Energy and Economy Act
  • Natural gas as a decarbonisation pathway in North America
  • The transformation of the built environment and climate change
  • The electric car as the future of green transportation
  • The sustainable deployment of biofuels
  • The disappointment of ‘energy efficiency’
  • Obstacles to the deployment of new renewables
  • ‘Smart grids’ and the transformation of electricity production, use and distribution

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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