Course Description

There are different perspectives on what the energy transition may look like, for some, the importance of implementing policies and technologies is seen as a means of diversifying, and in some cases revitalizing local economies. For others, energy transition is about mitigating the effects of climate change and achieving carbon neutrality.

Examine and discuss different factors that reveal preconceptions and misconceptions about energy transition, and most importantly, the impact of Clean Energy Pathways (CEPs). 

Risk governance proposes assessing public concerns and perceptions so organizations can design adapted risk mitigation measures. The successful implementation of new pathways also depends on the public perception of these risks.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Discuss information about CEPs revealed by public opinion surveys in various countries
  • Understand key socioeconomic drivers for the energy transition
  • Explain the basic principles of life-cycle assessment and how this approach is applied to technology innovation, including CEPs
  • Understand the legal and regulatory framework for subsurface tenure in Alberta as it applies to CEPs
  • Discuss the importance of public perception of induced (human-caused) seismicity as an example of an impact of developing CEPs
  • Discuss several distinct Indigenous perspectives on the energy transition and CEPs in Canada

Topics of instruction

  • Public perceptions
  • Indigenous perspectives
  • Socioeconomic drivers
  • Life-cycle assessment
  • Legal and regulatory framework

Applies Towards the Following Program(s)

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Online Asynchronous
Mar 25, 2024 to Apr 07, 2024
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $399.00
  • Christopher Clarkson
  • David Eaton
Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources page. 
Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

Program structure is three courses as follows:
Course 1 (SCE601) – Clean Energy Pathways using the Subsurface
Course 2 (SCE602) – Subsurface Characterization and Evaluation
Course 3 (SCE603) – Regulatory, Economic, Indigenous and Public Perception Aspects of Clean Energy Pathways

Asynchronous content – videos, assigned readings; at your own schedule
Synchronous content – webinars, panel discussions; scheduled in D2L, Thursdays, noon - 1:00 pm (MT)  

Knowledge checks – not graded, but required to ensure understanding achieved
Final exam per course – graded, letter-grade assigned, requirement of B- for successful completion

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