Courses Catalogue

Energy, Environment And Climate Change

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Science
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course examines the physical principles behind climate change science and how they relate to energy and resource use on our planet. Emphasis placed on examining how energy decisions impact past, present, and future climates. The Energy, Emissions and Environment is specifically targeted to address the ongoing demand for the use of sustainable energy and the need for environmental management of such projects.


The need to established frameworks, tools and approaches to developing practical, justifiable climate change adaptation plans and strategies based on scientific, risk based approaches.


By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Provide basic understanding and appreciation of energy and environmental concepts and interconnectedness;
  • Analyze energy consumption patterns; discuss various energy resources that power the modern society;
  • Examine the energy conversion processes;
  • Explore interrelationships between energy use and industrial progress and environmental consequences;
  • Discuss future energy alternatives.


A doctoral student completing the course is expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of how the Earth’s climate system functions and how different factors (both natural and anthropogenic) influence the operation of that system.
  • Discuss and present how climate change is impacting Earth’s non-energy resources (i.e., freshwater supply, food supply, faunal/floral biodiversity, soils, etc.).
  • Identify and analyze how global energy production and consumption influences Earth’s current climate and scenarios of future climate change.
  • Collect data and evaluate the extent to which different countries/regions contribute to global climate change and how their energy production and consumption decisions play a role.
  • Look for opportunities to accelerate the uptake of technology, design new institutions that promote and incentivize renewable energy use, align technology and policy, chart how incremental steps can lead to an economy-changing vision, understand the drivers of behavior and behavioral change, and privilege economic development and the attainment of a sustainable future for a wide range of people and places.
  • Appreciate that the knowledge being imparted in this course is already being put into practice with a great deal of possibility of further innovations and breakthroughs.