Fall 2022  |  PA 5715 Section 001: Deliberating Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy -- Energy Justice: Theories and Practice (32667)

Class Component:
1.5 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Grad or Masters or Law
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Wed 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 50B
Enrollment Status:
Open (10 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Exploration of the conceptual and ethical dimensions of science, technology, and environmental policy. Discussion-based course with rotating topics.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
Are renewable energy systems worsening inequality? Why do many communities resist energy projects in their areas? Can the energy transition help individuals gain control of their energy systems? In this course, we look to ask and uncover answers to contemporary questions of equity and justice in the modern energy system. Despite being central to everyday life, there is an unequal sharing of benefits and costs of accessing energy services, disproportionally burdening low-income families and communities. Energy Justice has emerged as a cross-cutting social science agenda that strives for an equitable distribution of costs and benefits in the energy transition, fair participation in energy decision-making, and restorative justice for historically marginalized groups and communities. Through this discussion-based course, we explore energy justice concepts, theories, and applications to understand better how individuals, organizations, and communities can envision and foster equity in energy-related decision-making. By examining energy through the lens of equity and justice in the US and globally, this course will equip students to correct historical and current injustices in the energy system to ensure that energy is clean, reliable, affordable, and accessible to all.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in thinking about modern energy and its implications from a fairness, equity, and justice. We will look into a wide range of topics (but not limiting to): electric utility regulation, resource extraction practices, household energy poverty, energy democracy, community energy, and energy transition.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
4 August 2022

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