This course addresses the important issues of sustainable energy access and development. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the energy objectives, are considered. The course investigates the connections between food, energy and water and explores global change issues such as population, consumption, international trade, environmental degradation, resource depletion and conflict. Stakeholder identification, prioritisation and management are also presented.
There are two enrolment options: verified enrolment and audit enrolment. We recommend that you enrol in the Audit enrolment track first. If you wish to complete the assessment tasks with the aim to achieve at least 70% in the final grade and a course certificate, you must upgrade to the Verified enrolment track and pay the Verified enrolment fee within the first five weeks from when the course opened. If you miss the Verified enrolment upgraded deadline you can continue with the course as an Audit learner and enrol as a Verified learner in the next run of the course (and complete the assessment tasks then). If you enrol as a verified learner and successfully complete all four courses you will qualify for the Sustainable Energy MicroMasters credential.
A Sustainable Energy MicroMasters credential is worthwhile in itself, but, if you wish to continue your studies, the Sustainable Energy MicroMasters credential could be used towards studying the Master of Sustainable Energy at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Learners who choose to enrol as verified and pay the enrolment fee, will be required to write an assignment, and achieve an overall passing grade of 70% or above in order to receive the downloadable verified certificate.
The final examination is timed and has a weight of 40%. The written paper has a weight of 50%, is submitted to Turnitin, a text-matching software, and is instructor-marked.
If you enrol in the audit track, you will have access to all the videos and other resources while the course is open, but you will not have access to the graded assessment tasks. In addition, audit participants will not be eligible to receive a course certificate upon completion of the course.
Both enrolment tracks are valuable. However, if you decide to enrol in the Verified enrolment track, please ensure you will be able to write a Masters level paper.
Plagiarism and cheating, including (i) copying and pasting text from other sources and (ii) using information from other sources without full and compliant referencing, will result in a grade of zero.
This course runs multiple times throughout the year.
Topic 1: The importance of energy access
Topic 2: Examining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Topic 3: Technology solutions for energy access
Topic 4: Population and resources
Topic 5: Development paradigms and approaches
Topic 6: Systems thinking
Topic 7: Examining the food-energy-water nexus
Topic 8: Stakeholder management and participation
Topic 9: International trade, energy and the environment
Topic 10: Policy responses to the changing energy landscape