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Module Title
Energy Policy and the Environment

Energy, environment, international, supply options, frameworks, strategies and support mechanisms, public engagement, nuclear, renewables, planning.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2007
ApprovedSeptember 2014
AmendedAugust 2013
Version No.3

This Version is No Longer Current
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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To enable managers critically to undertake an appraisal of the key energy challenges facing the United Kingdom, and to place this in a broader European and International context.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Have a critical awareness of key global challenges and issues (e.g. security of supply and the carbon challenge), and the full range of energy supply options (e.g. oil and gas, cleaner coal, nuclear power, and renewable sources).
2. Critically appraise UK energy policy frameworks, strategies and support mechanisms in a broader European and International context.
3. Identify and critically evaluate energy sector strategic responses to key global challenges and issues, and governmental initiatives (e.g. EU and UK emission trading schemes, environmental management systems, industrial symbiosis networks, cleaner technology, and renewables).
4. Critically evaluate potential public positions and processes of public engagement (e.g. interest-based engagement and value/ideology based engagement), in deploying different energy options.

Indicative Module Content

Global issues and energy; energy supply; international and European policy frameworks, strategies and support mechanisms; UK energy policy and a selection of other country cases; energy sector strategic responses; nuclear power and renewables; planning issues for energy infrastructure; public acceptance and processes of public engagement.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeDistance LearningBlended Learning

Directed Study

Student centred learning

Private Study

Private study

Mode of Delivery

The module is delivered in taught mode by lectures, interactive group work, case study tutorials and directed self study.
The module is delivered in distance learning mode by self directed learning from web-based learning materials, supported by seminars and/or online support.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4

This module is assessed by portfolio coursework.

Indicative Bibliography

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING, 2015. A critical time for UK energy policy: what must be done now to deliver the UK’s future energy system. London: Royal Academy of Engineering.
2.ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE COMMITTEE, 2016. The energy revolution and future challenges for UK energy and climate change policy. London: House of Commons HC705.
3.WATSON, J., SCRASE, I. and STAPLETON, L., 2010. Transforming the UK’s Energy System: Policies for the 2020 Renewables Target and Beyond. A report for Friends of the Earth.Brighton: SPRU, University of Sussex.
CHERIAN, A.,2015. Energy and Global Climate Change: Bridging the Sustainable Development Divide. UK:John Wiley & Sons LTD. ebook
5.ELLIOTT, D., 2015. Green Energy Futures: A Big Change for the Better. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. ebook
6.PETIT, V., 2017. The Energy Transition. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG. ebook
Energy Policy;
Energy Economics;
Business Strategy and the Environment; and
Sustainable Development.

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