GEOG 432
Energy Policy

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Not registered?  Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback, and earn academic credit. Information about Penn State's Online Energy and Sustainability program is available at the ESP Program Office.

Quick Facts about GEOG/EME 432

  • Author & Instructor - Brandi Robinson, Lecturer, Dutton e-Education Institute, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Overview - GEOG / EME 432 is a required course for the Bachelor of Arts in Energy Sustainability and Policy (ESP) online degree program, geared towards students who are able to study only part-time and at a distance. GEOG / EME 432 provides students with an in-depth exploration of energy policy development, implementation, and assessment at multiple governmental and corporate scales. The course utilizes contemporary real-world problems and actions to provide students context for the drivers, frameworks, and assumptions of energy policy.
  • Learning Environment - This website provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu links to important supporting materials, while the Lessons menu links to the course lessons. Canvas, Penn State's course management system, is used to support the delivery of this course as well, as it provides the primary communications, calendaring, and submission tools for the course.  For the participation component in this course, we'll be using the Discussion Forums in Canvas.
  • Topics of Study - The content of this course is divided into 12 lessons. Each lesson will be completed in approximately 1 week.
Lesson topics
Lesson Title
Lesson 1 What do we mean by energy and energy-related policy?
Lesson 2 What is policy and what kinds of policy are there?
Lesson 3 Energy Policy - Past, Present, and Future
Lesson 4 The Climate Connection - Linking Climate Policy to Energy Policy
Lesson 5 Drivers of Policy Development and Change; Policy Formation
Lesson 6 Assumptions in Energy Policy Formulation
Lesson 7 Perspectives and Frameworks for Energy Policy Analysis
Lesson 8 Policy Implementation
Lesson 9 Current Energy Issues
Lesson 10 Ongoing Challenges for a Carbon-Constrained Future
Lesson 11 International Climate Action
Lesson 12 Course Recap
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Only students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback, and earn academic credit. Information about Penn State's Online Energy and Sustainability program is available at the ESP Program Office.