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This unit will equip students with an interdisciplinary understanding of energy systems. Its focus is on how science and policy are interacting to shape Australia’s energy futures. The Australian energy sector is experiencing a period of change, prompted by the availability of new energy technologies as well as new societal expectations, desires and behaviours. Learning will focus on how these changes are being initiated and governed through a range of organisations and institutions, including the state, corporations, community groups, and individual households. The interplay between expert knowledge and decision making will be analysed, with close attention to the politics of technical decision-making processes. This unit is taught collaboratively with input from the Tasmanian energy industry and government. Science and Policy for Energy Futures will be of interest to undergraduate students from Geography, Social Sciences, Engineering and Law.

Summary 2021

Unit name Science and Policy for Energy Futures
Unit code KGA319
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Heather Lovell

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes


describe the energy system in Australia in terms of its production, distribution and consumption, across both space and time.


synthesise information from a range of energy sector sources, including government, scientists, industry, and other stakeholders in order to articulate key issues at the science-policy interface.


evaluate a range of ethical, regulatory, economic and socio-political contexts as individuals and in teams in order to make recommendations about complex energy sector problems.


explain past, present and future processes that shape the Tasmanian energy sector in order to make integrated recommendations sensitive to the Tasmanian context.




    25 Credit Points in Interrmediate level units


Teaching Pattern

13 week delivery with 1 hour lecture, 2 hours workshop per week, plus 2 day intensive


AT1 - Summary report (5%)

AT2 - Research brief (25%)

AT3 - Workshop task (30%)

AT4 - Position paper 2000 words (40%)

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