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SPG8009 : Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of the module is to provide students with an appreciation of the political and ethical context of renewable energy at international, national and local level and for students to be able to critically review Government energy strategies.

The module provides students with the 'sustainability' context for renewable energy (whether in the form of electricity, heat or transport), to critically review Government energy policies and strategies and to form a view on whether these are adequate to achieve renewable energy and GHG emissions commitments.

Outline Of Syllabus

Energy is a global issue, this module will look at how different nations deal with energy issues and how government policy drive the uptake of renewable energy systems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00PiP Lectures. Introduction and teaching sessions.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Coursework assignment.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials116:0016:00Online teaching materials including recorded lectures, notes, tutorials and quizzes.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading132:0032:00Independent study based on provided course materials and recommended reading.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities110:0010:00Individual or group research and reading for formative exercise.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

At Masters level the focus is on guided independent study and group supported learning. Online guided learning material is delivered to students via Canvas. The In Person lectures Synchronous online sessions and discussion boards will provide students with the opportunity to discuss concepts with lecturers and their peers to consolidate their understanding. Information literacy, interpersonal communication, planning and organisation, numeracy and written communication will be practiced throughout, and assessed in the assignment

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances. Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Written assignment (2000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MGroup work/ discussion boards
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Formative Assessment will give the students the task of working together to research and present information. This has the benefit of cohort building and facilitating initial engagement with library resources. Discussion boards facilitate learning and engagement.

The coursework assignment will provide students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their comprehensive and systematic knowledge and understanding of the politics and ethics associated with renewable energy.

Reading Lists