• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Llewelyn Hughes
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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Energy is a potent and dynamic area of public policy. It fuels our homes, workplaces, industries, economies, and transport systems. At the same time, governments face crucial public policy problems in responding to climate change. Governments are also increasingly supporting the energy transition through the tools of green industry policy, seeking to promote job creation, economic growth, and competitiveness in key industries such as wind power, solar photovoltaics, transport, and hydrogen.

In this course we consider the role of public policy in supporting the low carbon energy transition. We examine historical development patterns of low carbon energy technologies, how national innovation systems work, what policy instruments can be used in supporting innovation and industry formation, and how these issues shape international competitiveness of domestic industries for low carbon energy technologies. We look at the challenges facing energy transitions in Australia, but also across the world, particularly China, India, and other countries. We will consider how political factors shape energy transitions. Finally, we will look ahead and discuss how the dynamics of energy transitions worldwide, and global competition in innovation and industrial performance, are changing. Students will engage with scholars and practitioners working on energy issues in an interactive and group-based learning environment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of global patterns of innovation and technology deployment in support of low carbon energy transitions
  2. Critically analyse the low carbon energy transitions occurring in Australia and elsewhere
  3. Communicate ideas and analysis in scholarly and policy-focused engagement with the subject matter
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of governance approaches to supporting the low carbon energy transition.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Literature Review (1500 words) (30) [LO 2,3]
  3. Research Essay (3500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Presentation of the Essay (10 - 15 mins) (10) [LO 2,3]

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90 minutes of lecture (online delivery with mix of live and prerecords) plus 90 minutes workshop (choice of online or face-to-face) per week. Standard total workload is 130 hours including in-class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

A list of readings will be provided in lieu of a prescribed text. Readings will be drawn from a mix of academic journal articles, and reports and data from government and international organisations.


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
7573 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View
7574 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online View

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