The consumption of energy underpins human development, but it carries environmental and social costs. This unit of study examines how energy is supplied, how it is used and the impact it has on society and on the environment. The unit also looks are critical resources, the most critical being water, and how the critical resources are linked to energy. The module will examine these relationships and how the demand for water, sustainable energy and for critical minerals will require major changes in technology, policy and business systems. Students will gain an understanding of different sources of energy and their uses; the economic, environmental and societal contexts of energy and resource use; the need and scope for a transition from conventional energy sources; sound principles for analysing different resource and energy supply options; the role of international agreements and federal policy in influencing resource and energy use.
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|Available to study abroad and exchange students