Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics
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Previous college-level coursework or other significant preparation in engineering, economics, environmental studies, or related fields.
Participants in this program develop knowledge of alternative energy technologies, an understanding of the role these technologies play in Iceland’s social and political context, and the ability to apply their knowledge to other situations. Coursework covers hydroelectricity and geothermal energy in depth (the most commonly used renewables in Iceland), hydrogen and fuel cell technology, other renewables, and renewable energy economics.
In addition to energy studies, students engage in classroom and field instruction in the basics of the Icelandic language and examine the ways in which the language reflects the socio-cultural identity of the nation.
The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.
Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics Seminar - syllabi (PDF)
(ENGR 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course focuses on helping students develop mastery of alternative energy technologies, an understanding of the role these technologies play in Iceland's social, economic, and political context, and how these lessons apply to the larger world. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in the field.
Introduction to Icelandic - syllabi (PDF)
(ICEL 1000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Classroom and field instruction in the basics of the Icelandic language and the ways in which it reflects the sociocultural identity of the nation.
Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics Project - syllabi (PDF)
(ENGR 3060 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
In this course students are introduced to recent research in renewable energy, technology, and resource economics. Students become familiar with the methodologies employed in energy and sustainability studies. Students select and analyze relevant issues in renewable energy in consultation with program faculty. Each student conducts research with a field study component to produce an original academic paper and presents their results to the class. This course gives students the opportunity to engage more deeply with one of the topics covered in the seminar and to develop their academic skills. Support is provided throughout the project from program faculty, particularly by aiding students in finding resources in Iceland.
Duration: 7 weeks
Program Base: Westfjords
Language Study: Icelandic
Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework or other significant preparation in engineering, economics, environmental studies, or related fields, as assessed by SIT. Read more...
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