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Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (OESH) and Public Policy for Renewable Energy

Semester 1

To develop an understanding of the complex, dynamic and delicate relationship between business pursuits, public interests and public policy.


In this course students will:

  • Explore and analyse the process of public policy development, formulation and implementation with reference to implementation of RE technologies
  • Explore and assess the impact of public policies on business pursuits, trade and human rights etc.
  • Analyse the cost-benefit of OESH public policies
  • Explore, analyse, evaluate and communicate complex OESH risk issues to the public and specialized audiences
  • Fundamentals of public policy-definition, goals and objectives of public policies (regulations, legislation)
  • Initiation, mobilization of public support for, promulgation, implementation and enforcement of public policies
  • Cost-benefit analyses of OESH public policies
  • Other public policies (national and global) that impact OESH policies and programmes (trade and market access/barriers)
  • Risk assessment and communication
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: science-technology-innovation connectivity, market, economic and cultural factors; promoting
  • OESH cultures
    • The national legal system as a context for OESH litigation and the legal basis for OESH complaints
    • Ethical principles of OESH work and the precautionary principle
  • Coursework 50 %
    • In-course test
  • Final Exam: 50 %
    • (Three hours written paper)
Learning Objectives: 

On successful completion of the course, student will be able to:
1. Discuss, analyse and evaluate the principle inputs to public policy decisions
2. Communicate the local, national and international responsibilities for risk management to an organization
3. Communicate the results of risk assessments to workers and surrounding communities
4. Discuss and explain the legal basis for OESH litigation, and serve as expert witnesses
5. Develop a viable business model for OESH consulting and ownership

Course Code: 
3 Credits
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