Sustainable Energy Use

This unit considers the central role of energy in our modern technological society. It examines some of the major controversies concerning the choice of different energy technologies and their social, political and technical contexts. Scenarios for future sustainable energy use are explored. This unit also provides opportunities for students to increase their level of scientific literacy concerning energy use.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. describe the major types of energy resources utilised by human societies and evaluate their benefits and costs;
  2. analyse the relationships between the control, distribution and costs of energy resources and the structure of urban societies;
  3. use appropriate data to estimate the efficiency of energy collection and consumption;
  4. select information sources and apply scientific methodology to implement an energy research project.
  5. discuss scenarios for future sustainable energy use.


Teaching Material for this course