TSES 3002 V - Energy and Sustainability

History of energy use by humans; utilization of renewable energy sources; energy and agriculture; energy and mineral resources; options for electricity generation; nuclear energy; risks of accidents in large systems, e.g. nuclear plants, hydroelectric dams. Guest lectures. Precludes additional credit for TSES 3000 and TSES 3500. Prerequisite(s): at least second-year standing.

This course looks at relationships among technology, society and the environment. The emphasis is on energy and sustainability: what they are, how are they implemented and used, and why are they important? There are also discussions of points of view about technology and the environment and about uncertainty and its relationship to energy and sustainability. Later in the term, we will look at specific energy technologies and their social and environmental impacts. Possible technologies include renewable and nonrenewable energy technologies, energy storage technologies and resource-use technologies with a focus on renewable and nonrenewable biotic and abiotic resources in relation to agriculture, mineral extraction and energy demand.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will better understand what energy and sustainability are and some ethical issues associated with them; the range and types of basic energy transformation and storage technologies; sustainability concepts; the supply of, and the demand for, renewable and nonrenewable resources; and systems thinking.

CRN for section V: 15289

CRN for section VOD (optional Video On Demand service): 15290

In-class lecture time & location:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:35am to 9:55am, C264 LA

Instructor: John Buschek

About the instructor: John Buschek's background makes him exceptionally well-suited to teach in a multidisciplinary program concerned with the interactions of technology with society and the environment. A chemist by training, he is active in environmental matters having served as a member of the Environmental Appeal Board of Ontario and as the chemist aboard the Greenpeace research vessel "Beluga. He was a medical specialist in the US army, with a tour of duty in Vietnam, and is an accomplished poet.

With this varied experience and widespread knowledge of current issues, he is a very effective teacher in the challenging TSE courses where students in one class often come from as many as 13 different degree programs. He was awarded a Professional Achievement Award in recognition of his effectiveness as a teacher and his contributions to the TSE program.

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