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This is an elective course for students of all backgrounds. It aims to provide the student with a general background in energy resources and how energy production and consumption shape lives in modern societies. The course discusses the the nonrenewable energy resources (coal, oil, gas, and nuclear) and the renewable energy resources (solar, wind, hydropower, bioenergy, geothermal, etc) and the pros and cons of each resource from economic and environmental perspectives. In addition, the course discusses Science and its interaction with society. It presents a defintion of Science, and discusses its history, scope, limitations, and role in shaping modern societies.
Summer 2015-2016