An Interdisciplinary Course of the U.S. Naval Academy
A Joint Project of the Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Oceanography, and Political Science Departments
This interdisciplinary course focuses on energy analysis, policy, and security. The course is divided into four major sections: (1) Overview and Introduction, (2) Fossil Fuels, (3) Nuclear Power, and (4) Renewable Energy. The class includes specific topics such as: underlying energy science, best estimates of energy supplies and current usage profiles, energy policy trends, current and developing energy technologies, the economics of energy development and usage, and the competing interests and worldviews that drive the energy policy debates. Underlying all these topics is the question: How do innovation, policy, technology, and economics of energy affect the ability of the U.S. military to successfully and efficiently succeed in its various missions?
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary teams to analyze complex issues related to energy policy and national security.
- Demonstrate mastery of key discipline specific concepts and analytical tools.
- Effectively present research findings orally and in written form.
- Apply current energy issues to U.S. national security and geopolitics.
In this course, midshipmen are assigned to a "core learning group" consisting of four members split among the three educational Divisions of USNA: Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Humanities/Social Sciences. In these small groups, the students will work together to profile one of the below nations.
This course involved faculty from four different departments across the three educational divisions of the US Naval Academy, including the Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Oceanography, and Political Science Departments. The link above highlights the current faculty associated with the course.