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Course Outline for Energy Studies

Introduction of Energy Studies (Energy Science and Policy)

Energy problems have risen as an important issue to the international society. The global demand for energy resources is increasing, while the supply of energy resources is not easily accessible due to environmental pollution and limited natural resources. These energy problems are largely attributable to policy decisions through technical analysis of new renewable energy, fossil energy, and nuclear energy fields. In this regard, training and educating experts is requiring worldwide.
The energy problems have a complex characteristic that it is closely related to various social issues such as politics, economy, industry, and environment, but also directly related to basic science and engineering. Therefore, now, internationally, experts who solve energy problems must possess understanding of social science, basic science, and engineering knowledge and be able to apply them to the solution of energy issues in a balanced manner.
Department of Energy Studies (Energy Science and Policy) in the Graduate School of International Studies at Ajou University wish to foster the above advanced workforce, experts that are encouraged to propose and prioritize policies through interpretation of the field of energy technology, as well as an engineering, social, and scientific understanding of the whole energy system.

Curriculum & Credits

Curriculum & Credits
Type Course Title
  • Introduction to Energy System
  • Energy Policy and Economics
  • Energy Technology Perspective
  • Energy Modeling
  • Energy Leadership Workshop I & II
  • Social Systems, Energy and Policy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Principles in Energy Science
  • Energy System in Modern Society
  • New Energy Industry Initiatives
  • Analysis of Energy Market
  • Environment and Resource Economics
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Strategies in Energy R&D
  • Sustainability and Fossil Fuel
  • Sustainable Energy Conversion
  • Mathematical Methods for Energy Analysis
  • Energy and Environmental Law
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Internship
Korean Studies
  • Beginning Korean Language 1
  • Research 1 & 2
• The above curriculum is subject to change.
• The specified number of credits from the elective section is the minimum number of credits the students must take.
1. Courses in Korean Studies (3 credits)
Courses in Korean Studies(3 credits)
Course Title Credits Description
Beginning Korean
Language 1
3 The goal of this class is that the foreign students will have the abilities to communicate in their daily lives in Korean through understanding the Korean general culture.
Beginning Korean
Language 2
3 The goal of this class is that the foreign students will have the abilities to communicate in their daily lives in Korean through understanding the Korean general culture. Students can practice Korean language in a diverse environment besides the basic communication.
2. Required Courses
Required Courses
Course Title Credits Description
Energy Policy and Economics 3 Energy Policy and Economics course are designed to provide students with the ability to understand and solve the energy and environmental issues within the context of economics. The class will introduce the fundamental methods of economics and the views on positivism and the characteristics and related issues of energy as goods in economics will be reviewed. Also, the methodology of energy policy will be introduced along with economically evaluated energy problem cases in developing countries.
Energy Technology Perspective 3 Energy Technology Perspective course consists with the basic theories of thermodynamics and heat transfer phenomena along with the system configuration concepts and cases of energy technologies and the limitation of the energy conversion and energy utilization system. The course also includes the analyzation of the efficient improvement of thermodynamic cycles and heat engine of energy utilization system and technological, economic and environmental performances of the fossil-fuel fired power plant. In addition, engineering principles in nuclear energy and radiation will be studied with technological terms, models, and basic theories which can be applied in energy areas as well as engineering fields
Energy Modelling 3 This course provides the energy modeling based on the global and domestic energy situation and domestic energy resources of present and future. The primary purpose of this course is to provide scientifically understanding of diverse energy sources and conversion of primary energy into electricity which are most-suited for end-use. In the course, students will learn energy resources including fossil fuel, nuclear energy, and renewable energy and its impact to environment, especially in the future. After completing this course, students are expected to be able to engage in policy discussions, planning and decision-making on energy matters.
Renewable Energy 3 Renewable Energy course introduces basic knowledge of various renewable energy technologies which are considered to be cost-effective and highly efficient solution to serious environmental and energy issues such as global warming. During the course, students will learn and analyses most up-to-date researches about renewable energy and also their effectiveness to issues.
Social systems, Energy and Policy 3 In this course, students will discuss various global issues such as economic development, industrial structure change, global environmental problems, sustainable development and basic logic of energy science. Throughout the discussion, students will be able to understand the basic relations between social and natural science. Also, the course will introduce the present world issues such as civilization, energy, growth and energy, environmental problems, energy, technology innovation and energy.

Energy Leadership Workshop I & II (Required Course)

The course is composed with special lectures, forums, seminars and industrial site visits. (The schedule is subject to change)

Energy Leadership Workshop I & II (Required Course)
Course No. Program Content
Energy Leadership Workshop I 1 Information Session Information Session
2 Special Lecture I " Geun Mo Jung (former Minister of Science and Technology) ""Current Energy Industry Situation in China" by Professor Qinghua Guo (from China Institute of Science and Technology)
3 Industrial Site Visit I Korea Energy Agency
4 Special Lecture II Dr. Shin Jungsik (former President of Korea Energy Economic Institute)
5 Conference Energy Conference - International Session
6 Forum International Symposium
7 Industrial Site Visit II " Taean Thermal Power Station and Korea Power Learning Institute.
Energy Leadership Workshop II 1 Information Session Information Session
2 Special Lecture I Mr. Ilsoo Kim President, Africa Future Foundation
3 Industrial Site Visit I KOGAS Incheon Station
4 Special Lecture II Dr. Seki Oh Professor Emeritus, Ajou University
5 Industrial Site Visit II Uljin Nuclear Power Plant.
6 Conference REECON Renewable Energy Expo & Conference
7 Forum Joint Forum with Energy System Dep. Master students
3. Elective courses
Elective courses
Course Title Credits Description
Principles in Energy Science 3 This course introduces the basic chemical principles of energy conversion/storage/applications in order to understand the newly developed and also to develop energy conversion and sustainable energy system.
New Energy Industry Initiatives 3 This course presents backgrounds, objectives, various implementing approaches and best practices from the experiences of energy new industry development in Korea. Energy new industry policy has promoted in response to both climate change and energy security by changing existing energy systems with clean energy technology step by step which can be incorporated with various options of technology development and dissemination on energy efficiency, renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction. Students can learn various cutting-edge technologies and policy implementations for the purpose of developing sustainable energy supply and demand structure with an interested area or region.
Analysis of Energy Market 3 This course will learn the research direction and growth of energy by analyzing each energy industry with comparison of international energy industry and domestic energy industry. Also, the course will study structures of energy industry along with the strategy analysis and prediction of new energy industry.
Environment and Resource Economics 3 In this course, in order to analyze the environmental impacts on energy problems, the course will cover the basic theories of environmental economics and analyze theory of environmental impact on each energy sector in depth. In addition, under the environmental constraints, the course will cover theories on efficient energy allocation and related strategies based on energy source and technology case studies that shows technology development and formation of new energy strategies.
Energy and Climate Change 3 The course is based on the background of Paris agreement and its effect on energy and economic industry. The course will especially focus on confrontation strategy of developed countries in more detail in order to analyze future plans of each country. Also, through studying each cases, students will be able to learn the basic ability in developing their actions toward climate change.
Strategies in Energy R&D 3 This course deals with the characteristics of science and technology and its role in the process of development of the history civilization and discusses the science and technology policy of Korea and foreign countries. In particular, we will analyze the cases of Korea’s science and technology policies that achieved science and technology entry in a short period of time, and forecast the future of science and technology. Besides such basic knowledge on general science and technology policy, the course will introduce the energy R&D policy of Korea and allow students to understand the sustainable aspects of energy technology development policy.
Sustainability and Fossil Fuel 3 This course contains fundamental calculation and basic theory of combustion which determine the combustion phenomena of fossil fuel. The limitation of fossil fuel will also be discussed in terms of terrestrial, thermodynamic and environmental perspectives. In addition, sustainable utilization of fossil fuel and the technologies of sustainable strategies of fossil fuel will be discussed along with the examples such as chemical conversion of fossil fuel and its application of SNG, DME and other chemicals.

Research Related Courses

Research Related Courses
Course Title Credits Description
Research 1 3 Individual thesis work with thesis advisors - Thesis Proposal Stage. Students have to pass thesis proposal defense in order to get 3 credits (grading will be given as “S(Satisfactory)” or “U(Unsatisfactory).
Research 2 3 Individual thesis work with thesis advisors – Thesis Defense Stage. Students have to pass thesis defense in order to get 3 credits (grading will be given as “S(Satisfactory)” or “U(Unsatisfactory).

* Thesis Track students have to take Research 2 as well as Research 1.

* Students cannot take Research 1 and Research 2 at the same time in a semester.


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