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Free Online Course on Energy and Development

The University of Queensland is offering a free online course on Energy and Development. This course examines the fundamental importance of energy transitions for sustainable development.

In this ten-week course, applicants will explore the challenge of resource depletion, population, security, and conflict on ensuring energy access for all. This course runs multiple times throughout the year. This course will start on May 12, 2020.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 8-10 hours pw
Subject: Environmental science
Institution: The University of Queensland and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $199
Session: Course Starts on May 12, 2020, as well as you can apply at your own pace

Providers’ Details

The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions. Striving for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge UQ ranks in the top 50 Universities as measured by the QS World University Rankings.

About This Course

Are you concerned about developing countries’ access to energy? This course examines the fundamental importance of energy transitions for sustainable development. You will learn about the objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the nexus that occur around food, energy and water.

Why Take This Course?

In this course, you will explore a range of global change issues and investigate the ensuing implications for energy. Issues covered include resource depletion, population, security, and conflict. With a focus on both the developed, fast developing and developing countries you will learn about a range of legal, political, regulatory and behavioral frameworks and will be provided with a number of tools for prioritizing stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes

  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • The implications of systems thinking for developing countries
  • The complexities around the food/energy/water nexus
  • The importance of stakeholder management for energy technology
  • Skills for analyzing stakeholder influence and importance
  • Development intervention approaches
  • The impact of population on energy systems


  • Ashworth map: Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures, The University of Queensland


  • Ability to perform simple mathematical operations.
  • Advanced English language skills.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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