BUS-L355 Topic: Renewable Energy Law and Policy
- 16 weeks
- 3 credits
- Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing
This class is a discussion about climate change, but certainly we’ll look at the history of the energy sector (which is fascinating - really!).
The 50% drop in carbon emissions during the global COVID-19 crisis demonstrates the devastating impact of business on climate. If we return to life as usual, we will rapidly approach climate change tipping points in the next ten years. What will Generation Z [Generation C?] and the politicians we elect over the next decade do to ensure a livable planet for all? Energy production and consumption drive world economies and offer hope for growth and prosperity. For example, electrification across Asia and Africa has to power to lift some of the world’s poorest 4 to 5 billion people out of poverty. How can we balance the realities of the economy and our desire to eradicate poverty with a sustainable and just future for all? What is a “green new deal” and how does it differ around the world?
This course will include a global classroom research/discussion project with students in the EU and Africa and a service learning opportunity with IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute.