Course EG3004

The Social Contexts of Energy Systems

5 Credits
Second Cycle

Main field of study: Energy Technology, Solar Energy Engineering

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Learning outcomes for the course

The overall aim of this course is to help students increase their awareness of the importance that varying social actors and contexts have for the function of energy systems. After completing the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Identify a number of factors which are essential for the introduction of new energy technology and the ability of the technology to gain stable foothold in specific cultural contexts.
  • Explain how a change of energy carrier or energy system may vary by cultural context and may affect different categories of actors in varying ways. Explain the difference between inside and outside perspectives.
  • Use social scientific concepts and approaches to analyse the implementation of energy systems and the options for these to be used in feasible, long-term, and sustainable ways.
  • Show awareness of social and ethical aspects of research and development.