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Our Energy Future: Online course by UC San Diego

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Our Energy Future: Online course by UC San Diego

This course is all about energy: what it is, how it is produced, the positive and negative effects, and renewable energy technology. Experts from UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and industry will explain concepts and present information on this important topic.

About the course
This course is designed to introduce students to the issues of energy in the 21st century including food and fuels which are inseparably linked and will discuss energy production and utilization from the biology, engineering, economics, climate science, and social science perspectives.
This course will cover the current production and utilisation of energy, as well as the consequences of this use, examining finite fossil energy reserves, how food and energy are linked, impacts on the environment and climate, and the social and economic impacts of our present energy and food production and use.

Course Syllabus
Week 1:
Introduction to Energy
Week 2: Physical Energy Sources 1
Week 3: Physical Energy Sources 2
Week 4: Introduction to Biological Energy Sources and Plant Biofuel
Week 5: Algae Biofuel
Week 6: Biofuel Production and Downstream Processing 1
Week 7: Biofuel Production and Downstream Processing 2
Week 8: Social Issues, Economics, and Politics 1
Week 9: Social Issues, Economics, and Politics 2
Week 10: Climate Change

Course Sessions
September 22, 2014 - November 30, 2014

Prerequisites
No prior coursework in the subject is required.

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