F&ES 984b / 2018-2019

Energy and Climate Change Policy Practicum

Credits: 3

Spring 2019: Th, 2:30-5:20, Kroon 319

This course provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills gained at FES to
energy policy projects conducted for client organizations. At the outset of the course, students will pair with client organizations (e.g., non-governmental advocacy organizations, companies, etc.) to work on current energy policy projects for the remainder of the semester. Students will be presented with a menu of potential projects; students
may also propose organizations and projects, subject to approval by the instructor. Students will work in groups or individually, depending on the nature of the project. Students are expected to work ten hours per week on their projects, including weekly discussions with clients and with the instructor. After choosing a project, students will work with clients to prepare and submit a work plan. Over the remainder of the semester, students will work directly with clients to produce project-specific products, such as draft legislation or regulations, policy briefs, analytic studies, or white papers. Students will submit a portfolio of these project products for evaluation during the reading period. In addition, student performance will be evaluated based on project work plans, as well as summary presentations made during the final weeks of class. Project-related work will comprise the bulk of the course, but will be supplemented by guest lectures and discussion with the instructor. The full menu of potential projects will be finalized closer to the beginning of the semester.