GEOG 5803 Sustainable Energy Geographies

Course Description

Energy consumption is a fundamental driver of societal development. Meanwhile, it is one of the primary reasons for social and environmental problems. The geospatial mismatch of energy production and consumption, the temporal evolution of energy systems, and energy technologies development will directly affect the ultimate goal of sustainable development. This course will introduce students to the geography of global and regional energy systems. In this course, we will cover various energy resources, including both fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, oil) and non-fossil energy (nuclear, hydro, wind, solar and et al.). We will introduce the geographic distribution of different energy sources. We’ll explain the changing patterns in each energy system and the major drivers for different changes.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the spatial and temporal patterns of different energy systems in complex social and environmental systems
  • Learn to appraise social and environmental changes associated with global and regional energy industries
  • Learn the application of academic knowledge in society and the resulting impacts
  • Be able to effectively share and receive knowledge by engaging with the whole class
  • Recognize the value and culture differences across different countries towards different energy systems