Fall 2005 Course Description
Advanced Topics in Public Policy
||Current Issues in International Energy and Environmental Policy
||P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
|Day & Time:
||Mondays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
|Waitlist Information:||For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information|
||Same as GEO 391, EMR 396 and PGE 383
This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):
- International Affairs
- Technology, Innovation, and Information Policy
- Natural Resources and the Environment
Description: The seminar will be organized around the global energy resource base; current state of and future options for resource development; environmental, economic, and geopolitical aspects of energy resource development; and the role of science and technology in shaping energy and environmental policy.
Topics and perspectives that will be included in discussions:
- Hydrocarbon resources ? global supply base
- Recent developments in hydrocarbon resources: LNG, oil sands, coalbed methane, methane hydrates
- Technology fixes for environmental issues: Clean coal, zero emissions
- The Methane Economy
- Nuclear power - is a comeback imminent?
- Impact of expanding economies: China, India
- International policy aspects of energy resource distribution
- Social, political, economic, cultural influences
- Resource development and environmental regulations ? international patterns and consequences
The scientific and technological framework will be the foundation for each topic. The focus will then be on the role this framework does or could play in policy formulation with discussion of options and their international consequences.
Format will include presentations by the instructor, guests, and students who will report on term projects.
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