SPG8009 : Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Group Project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:4030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Post-school assignment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00Pre-school study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding of politics and ethics will be taught via formal lectures and guided independent study material. It will be supported by case studies and seminars during the intensive school.
Subject specific, cognitive and communication skills will also be developed during the formal lectures, seminars and guided study material. Time management and IT skills will largely be developed during the guided independent study sessions (including the assignments).

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M50Post-school assignment (1500 words)
Oral Examination1M50Group Presentations
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignments 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. The post school assignment will build on the pre-school asignment.
Subject specific, cognitive and communication skills will also be assessed through the assignments. The other key skills will not be assessed but students will need to utilise these skills in order to access the self guided material and prepare assignments.

Reflex only: In order to pass the module, students must attain a minimum of 40 in each component of assessment. Failure to reach 40 in each component will result in a module mark no greater than 49. This rule has been introduced as an accreditation requirement on the Reflex programme.

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