ET-843: The Role of Energy in Society

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ET-843 The Role of Energy in Society

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Course Description in college catalog:

The history of how energy is used by hominids to humans and the societal changes brought about as energy use evolved. The present day situation of energy use, resources, distribution and its current and future impact on the quality of life for individuals and society are considered. The way energy is used from fossil fuels to current and future forms of renewable energy. Different energy technologies, their economics and environmental impact are included. How individuals use energy in their everyday lives and daily activities. The importance of sustainability and its role in the energy equation, how individual choices and habits relate to ethical use of energy today, and the societal impact of ethical energy use are discussed. The politics of energy worldwide and in this country, along with the role of major industries involved in energy sourcing and use and their lobbies are examined. How best to advance the optimum choices regarding our energy future through the political system to effect the best long term economic and environmental results.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Environmental Science (advised major elective)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Students will be able to explain the way energy is used from fossil fuels to current and future forms of renewable energy.

Students will describe different energy technologies, their economics and environmental impact on society.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Exams, Projects, Homework

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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