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XX50203: Contemporary debates about energy consumption, environmental uncertainties, sustainability and resilience

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework essay 1 (CW 50%)
  • Coursework essay 2 (CW 50%)
  • Essay (ES 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an understanding of how a range of research methods can be integrated to examine energy use and supply as well as environmental and sustainability issues.
To develop an appreciation of the importance of pertinent inter-disciplinary thinking.
To equip students for careers as professional researchers in either academic or non-academic environments.

Learning Outcomes:
Acquire relevant critical skills for the evaluation of evidence.
Acquire the ability to address environmental problems from different perspectives e.g. Economics (cost benefit analysis and contingent valuation) and Psychology (attitudes and behaviour change).
Acquire a thorough understanding of the application of social science concepts to the understanding of key debates relating to environmental challenges and adaptability of human systems.
Appreciate the relationship between technological advances in, for example, the supply of information about variable tariffs for domestic electricity and gas and the effect this may have on demand and consumption of energy.

Develop good communication skills when delivering material to inter-disciplinary audiences.
Planning and presentation skills for Environmental Uncertainties Workshops and Climate Change Summer Schools.

Content is based on two sets of 10 seminars: the first delivered by the Great Western Research (GWR) Sustainability Theme and the second presented as part of the Bath Institute for Sustainable Energy and The Environment (I-SEE) seminar series. The GWR seminars are presented live via the Access grid to Bath, Bristol and Exeter. The I-SEE seminars are recorded and recordings are available to all three universities. The selection of seminars will be chosen by the supervisors in consultation with students from the relevant programme plus some from the seminar archives (where appropriate). Recent topics have included : Political Strategy and Climate Change (GWR); Sustainable Behaviour Change in Transport (GWR); Personal Carbon Trading (GWR); The Sustainable Carbon Management of Moorlands (GWR);Variable tariffs for Energy Supply (I-SEE); Sustainability and Learning: What role for the Curriculum?( I-SEE); Low Carbon Energy 2050:Options and Implications for the UK ( I-SEE). Speakers include both leading academic researchers and policy makers.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

XX50203 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
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