ISEN has developed a series of undergraduate courses on the topics of sustainability and energy, with an expected audience spanning the whole university, from physical sciences and engineering to social science, business, communication and law. We are pleased to offer the following courses:
ISEN 210 Introduction to Sustainability: Challenges and Solutions
This course provides an introduction to the importance of life-cycle systems perspectives in understanding major challenges and solutions to achieving more sustainable societies. Students will first learn about sustainability challenges in the context of energy and resource use, consumption and development, and environmental constraints. Next, basic methods for life-cycle assessment of human consumption patterns (i.e., the generally-accepted methods for quantifying the sustainability of products and processes) are introduced and applied. Finally, the life-cycle perspective is used to develop an understanding of potential solution pathways for reducing society's impact on the environment, including technology innovation and deployment, behavioral and societal changes, and policies, standards, and regulations.
Fall 2014. TTh 3:30 - 5pm, Annenberg G15
ISEN 220 Introduction to Energy Systems for the 21st Century
This survey course provides an overview of energy issues in the context of global sustainability. Energy demands for transportation, residential, and commercial uses are presented, and strategies for demand reduction are discussed. Major potential sustainable energy sources will be presented, including solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, biofuels, waves and tides, along with coal, nuclear, and hydraulic fracturing technologies. Issues associated with carbon capture, energy storage, and the power grid will be discussed. While this course will address many technical and scientific aspects of energy, no prerequisite technical courses are required.
ISEN 220 (updated from 210 between the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years)
Winter 2014, MWF 1-1:50pm, Annenberg G15
ISEN 230 Climate Change and Sustainability: Economic and Ethical Dimensions
Interdisciplinary analysis of the political, economic and ethical questions underlying the modern climate crisis, including discussion of sustainability concepts, a review of the evidence for human-induced climate change, political and economic analysis of mitigation scenarios, and an exploration of the ethics of resource use, conservation practices, and environmentalism.
Lynne Kiesling, Brad Sageman, Seth Mayer
Spring 2014: TTh 3:30 - 5pm, Harris Hall 107