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Course Details

Course Code: EVSP605 Course ID: 3982 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is an introduction to energy policy and decision making, primarily in the United States. Students will examine the nature and scope of environmental, energy, and resource problems, analyze the goals and strategies of the renewable energy movement, investigate ideological, political, and institutional forces that shape policymaking and implementation, and conduct in-depth analyses of the various approaches to U.S. energy needs. An exploration of renewable energy technology, feasibility, and implementation is incorporated through the analysis of case studies and current events.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Examine the historical context and processes of the energy and resource policies of the U.S.
  2. Examine the inter-relationship of energy and environmental policies.
  3. Critique the policy processes surrounding the development of alternative sources of energy including nuclear, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, solar and biomass.
  4. Assess existing political, socio-economic, ethical, cultural and legal frameworks for environmental decision making related to energy policy and sustainability.
  5. Analyze the role of science, engineering and technology in the decision making process that is used to formulate U.S. energy policy.
NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Assignment 1 5.00 %
Assignment 2 5.00 %
Assignment 3 5.00 %
Assignment 4 5.00 %
Mid-Term 16.00 %
Midterm Carbon Footprint Project 16.00 %
Final Projects 20.00 %
Final Energy Policy Project 20.00 %
Energy Poster 20.00 %
Energy Poster 20.00 %
Book Title: Understanding Energy and Energy Policy (E-book available through the APUS Online Library) (Hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources)
Author: Timothy F. Braun and Lisa M. Glidden
Publication Info: Zed Books
ISBN: 9781780329345

Book Title:Understanding Energy and Energy Policy - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Zed Books
Author:Timothy F. Braun and Lisa M. Glidden
Unit Cost:$51.43
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.