Fall 2022 - POL 452W D100

Energy Policy (4)

Class Number: 6135

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 5005, Burnaby

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Examines the politics and policies of energy, including historical and technical perspectives. Topics include alternative energy, climate change, regulatory policy, and the economics of energy, as well as practical case studies. Students who have completed POL 459 in 2009 and 2010 may not complete this course for further credit Writing.

COURSE DETAILS:

Description:

This writing-intensive undergraduate/graduate course is designed to examine one of the most pressing issues of our time- how to develop alternative energy sources in the face of climate change. The course starts with a technical introduction to how energy works.  It then moves to an historical perspective focusing on how we developed our petroleum-based economy. It then moves to a review of energy policy frameworks in economic, political, and regulatory terms. The course is centered around helping students to learn how to write a policy brief, which is a standard document of analysis in the public, private, and non-profit arenas. The policy memo will develop an analysis of the feasibility of implementing or an evaluation of an alternative energy project or policy, using both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The policy brief will serve as a well-vetted and reviewed writing sample for students. The course is supplemented by site visits and guest speakers.

Course Organization:

This is a four hour seminar each week.

NOTE:  This course is combined with POL 855.

Grading

  • Participation, including attendance and discussion 10%
  • Quizzes based on the readings and lectures 10%
  • Peer review assignments, worksheets will be given 5%
  • Class powerpoint presentation of research paper 10%
  • Debate preparation and participation, 10% (5% oral, 5% written); 2 bonus marks for the winning team 10%
  • Policy memorandum (See "Notes" below for details) 55%

NOTES:

Course Evaluation (continued):

Policy memorandum, 55% broken down as:

          10% Proposal incl. lit. review, annotated bibliography, & data sources (7 pp)

          10% Statistical analysis and brief context paper on energy trends in the region (15 pp)

          10% Policy options section (5 pp) & Recommendation section (5 pp)

          15% Rough Draft (20 pp)

          10% Final Draft (15-20 pp)

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

All material is available on Canvas and through Library Reserves.


Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html