Special Topic: Energy, Society and the Future
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
60 100-level points
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
This course overviews different energy sources, past, present (including thermal, gravity & fluid, and solar) and examines associated scientific, environmental and social issues. On completion, students will be able to assess energy-related issues and arguments with reference to sound scientific and historical information.
This course overviews different energy sources, past, present (including thermal, gravity and fluid, and solar) and future, and examines associated scientific, environmental, economic and social issues including issues specific to New Zealand and Māori. On completion, students will be able to assess energy-related issues and arguments with reference to sound scientific and historical information.
Course learning objectives
Students who pass this course should be able to:
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of the scientific, environmental and societal issues related to different energy options and practices.
- Critically examine current practices and issues in energy and society in the context of the history of energy and society.
- Communicate clearly and effectively about the issues and underpinning science covered in the course.
- Assess others’ opinions and arguments about energy and society with reference to a sound understanding of the relevant science.
- Articulate a position on a complex issue in energy and society and back it up with referenced evidence.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
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