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Academic Catalog 2017-2018
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Dec 12, 2017
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

LAMS211 Energy in the 21st Century 3cr

Oil, gas, and coal are polluting, non-renewable
resources and society must reduce their
dependence on these fossil fuels.  Alternative
energies are non-polluting, renewable and are
therefore highly desirable. This course takes a
non-traditional approach in that it includes the
benefits of fossil fuels, and delves into the
stumbling blocks to implementing the following
alternative energy technologies:  hydropower,
wave power, biomass, solar, geothermal, wind,
hydrogen and nuclear energies.  Science,
technology, policy, and societal concerns will be
discussed in a seminar style where students are
responsible for researching and presenting each
type of energy.  We will also discuss the “smart”
use of energy, as well as the storage,
transportation, housing, and consumption of
energy.  We will conclude by discussing and
creating potential policies for the expedited
phasing in of alternative technologies, including
regional, strategic, health, safety, and
environmental concerns.  Students will leave the
course with a depth of understanding of the
technological and policy-based obstacles to
alternative energy but also having a clear
understanding of the pressing nature of this

Prerequisites: FRSM-100