World Energy Systems
A list of module themes includes:
Human Culture: health, religion, art
Human Development: urbanization/sprawl, technology
Geopolitics: defense, economics, politics, energy security
Landuse: agriculture, food, nature resources
Ecology and restoration
Justice and sustainability
- learn the basic science of energy resources
- compare traditional and alternative energy sources
- place energy in social context
- measure social equity
- understand energy in geospatial and temporal contexts
- investigate comparative regional identities
- examine complex problems from multiple scales and disciplines
Students will participate in computer-based geospatial laboratory exercises that will explore relationships between energy and the modules in a geographic framework. Possible tools include Google Earth, ArcGIS, and spreadsheets.
Field trips will provide local context that will help students understand global issues and extrapolate to other regions.
In capstone project, students choose or are assigned a country during the first weeks of the course. As they progress through the modules, they synthesize and apply concepts learned in the course to their country of investigation. Students will produce a document with maps, figures, and tables presenting and analyzing their data and including measures of sustainability. Students will make an energy brief/fact sheet handout and will participate in a class World Energy Summit.
- Pre/Post-survey: Investigate students' knowledge of energy; contextual thinking; viewpoints on a particular problem
- Guided lab discussion with graded outcomes
- Test on basic science of energy, including types
- Several short road checks to measure how well students synthesize information from multiple disciplines and on a variety of scales.
- Writing assessment
- Capstone presentation
References and Notes:
A variety of course-specific primary sources, from recent journals, magazines, and newspapers.