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LEC.382: Energy: controversies and decision-making


Department: Lancaster Environment Centre NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF6//RQF6
Study Level: Part II (yr 3) Credit Points: 15.0
Start Date: 10-10-2016 End Date: 16-12-2016
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Dr AB Armstrong

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • The module aims to demonstrate to students the complexities and controversies in environmental decision making and thus equip them with the ability to contribute. This will involve teaching them the extremes - from grass roots environment pressure groups to top down policy frameworks.

    There will be fourteen lectures and four workshops that will cover controversies, policy, and the information and mechanisms on which decisions are made.

    Contact time

    Lecture = 14 hr

    Workshops = 10 hrs

    Total = 24 hrs

     

    Learning time

    Contact time – 24 hrs 

    Lecture associated reading – 28 hrs

    HoC inquiry – 20 hrs

    Essay – 48 hrs

    Exam and revision – 30 hrs

     Total = 150

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • BSc Hons Environmental Science and Technology

    MSci Hons Environmental Science and Technology (Professional Experience)

    BSc Hons Environmental Science

    BSc Hons Environmental Science (Study Abroad)

    MSci Hons Environmental Science

    MSci Hons Environmental Science (Study Abroad)

    BSc Hons Earth and Environmental Science

    BSc Hons Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad)

    MSci Hons Earth and Environmental Science

    MSci Hons Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad)

    BSc Hons Physical Geography

    MSci Hons Physical Geography

    BSc Hons Physical Geography / Australasia

    MSci Hons Physical Geography / Australasia

    BSc Hons Geography

    MSci Hons Geography

    MSci Hons Geography (Professional Experience)

    BA Hons Geography

    MArts Hons Geography

    BA Hons Geography / North America

    BSc Hons Geography / North America

    MSci Hons Geography / North America

    BSc Hons Natural Sciences

    MSci Hons Natural Sciences

  • 30% Exam
  • 50% Coursework
  • 20% Groupwork

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • 20 % of assessment will revolve around a mocj Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry, the main mechanism by which the House of Commons scrutinises the Government. Thus, students will learn about a contemporary controversial debate, how the UK is governed and the challenges of making decisions at the UK level. As a group, they will write part of a submission to a mock inquiry, involving collating and concisely synthesising relevant material with an appropriate pitch, thus will develop important core skills. They will then present and peer assess (formative) these in a workshop. The groups will then be given the opportunity to revise their mock submission. The lecturer will mark the group work. Group sizes will be 4-5 (multiple pieces of evidence will be submitted if module numbers necessitates this). Note: the lecturer spent 4 weeks in the Energy and Climate Change Select Committe and led an inquiry and thus is fully conversant with the process. 

    50 % of assessment will be focused on a cost benefit analysis or life cycle analysis, providing a means of cementing knowledge in a key aspect of energy decision-making, whilst providing skills and knowledge relevant to careers in the field. This will be individual, and marked by the lecturer.

    The final 30 % will be an exam and will assess knowledge on the larger-scale factors of energy related decision-making.

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Provisioning sufficient energy, taking into account economic, environmental, social and security of supply considerations, is complex. Within this module you will gain a deep understanding of aspects of the energy decision-making process. We will cover Government level policies and local authority planning, lobbying, life cycle analysis, environmental impact assessments and future risks to energy provisioning. 

    There is emphasis on real world applicability - you will learn about the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee inquiry process and critically analyse environmental impact assessments and associated reports for real energy planning applications.

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module will provide a rich seam of transferable and employability skills. You will see the different ways and types of evidence which are used to make decisions, which although taught through energy will be applicable to other topics.

    You will learn how to critque and assess different forms of information and the challenges associated with this.

    You will learn how to present material for different audiences (your peers and politicians).

    This module will also equip you with an understanding of how the Government is held to account and ways in which to contribute to policy at the national level and through the local authority.

     

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

    1. Describe, in depth, the different factors which influence energy decision-making, including Government policy, local planning, lobbying, environmental impact assessment and life cycle analysis
    2. Outline the roles of different actors involved in energy controversies, including the Government, protest groups, scientists, consultants and planning authorities
    3. Discuss a contemporary UK energy issue in terms of the controversies, or potential controversies, that surround it.

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

    1. Contribute to the scrutiny of Government
    2. Critically evaluate environmental impact assessments and related consultancy reports
    3. Work in small groups
    4. Amass information, synthesise and select the key components
    5. Discuss the complexities involved in environmental decision-making

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