Course: Energy, Landscape, Sustainability: Introduction to the Geography of Energy

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Course title Energy, Landscape, Sustainability: Introduction to the Geography of Energy
Course code KGG/EKU
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Frantál Bohumil, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Attention will be paid to the following thematic areas: (i) Geography of energy as a scientific discipline, its orignin, evolution, key theoretical concepts and personalities, (ii) The historical development of energy production and its spatial impacts, (iii) Energy sustainability, the development of renewable resources and social conflicts over land use, (iv) The curse of natural resources and environmental injustice of energy production and distribution (v) Social acceptance of energetic projects and conflicts over the use of landscape, (vi) Energy landscapes, perception and aesthetics, energy as a tourist attraction, (vii) Agriculture as a source of energy - development of sustainable resources in the context of multi-functional agriculture, (viii) the value of energy and economic evaluation of externalities of its production. In the seminars and discussions the students will be directed to a critical view of the topics studied and to taking one's own stand. The course will include case studies of selected regional conflicts relating to the production or distribution of energy, presented by the students in groups.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook), Projection (static, dynamic)
  • Semestral Work - 20 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 20 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course introduces students to the problematics and discussion on the topical issues of the geography of energy, which deals with spatial relations, environmental aspects and social and economic contexts of production, distribution and consumption of energy as fundamental determinants of all human activities.
Students completing the course will be able to discussion of current issues and problems of geography energy with emphasis on spatial relationships and taking into account environmental aspects. The acquired knowledge should allow students make informed decisions bout energy and understand how those decisions may influence both their personal life as well as life in broader community.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance, Seminar Work

Knowledge within the range of lectures and literature.
Recommended literature
  • Cetkovský, S., Frantál, B., & Štekl, J. (2010). Větrná energie v České republice: hodnocení prostorových vztahů, environmentálních aspektů a socioekonomických souvislostí. Brno: Ústav geoniky AV ČR.
  • Němcová, P. (2010). Co přineslo využívání obnovitelných zdrojů energie českým obcím? Souhrnná zpráva o zkušenostech venkovských obcí vlastnících zařízení na produkci elektřiny a tepla z obnovitelných zdrojů energie. Brno: Trast pro ekonomiku a společnost.
  • Pasqualetti, M. J. (2011). The Geography of Energy and the Wealth of the World. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101, 4, 971-980.
  • Smil, V. Fakta a mýty o energetice: jak vrátit debatu o energetice zpátky na zem. Ostrava: Moravskoslezský dřevařský klastr.
  • Solomon, B.D., Pasqualetti, M.J., Luchsinger, D.A. (2003). Energy Geography. In: Gaile, G. and Willmott, C. (eds.) Geography in America at the Dawn of the 21st Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Regional Geography (2015) Geography courses - Summer
Faculty of Science Regional Geography (2015) Geography courses - Summer