Syllabus for Climate, Energy and Society

Klimatet, energin och det moderna samhället

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV004
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 35, 2007
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

The course aims to
- give a broad and interdisciplinary perspective to climate and energy issues
- give basic knowledge and understanding about climate change, energy issues and their connections to the modern industrial society and development issues
- on the basis of the mentioned aims, give several pictures of future scenarios
- develop an understanding of the role of science and society in the problems of climate and energy and to be able to critically analyse the argumentation of different researchers and actors

Content

The industrial society and its relation to energy issues and environmental problems. The greenhouse effect, climate history, variations in climate, methods for climate research. Controversies about climate research and climate politics; prognoses, risk research and the precautionary principle. An orientation in energy systems and energy crises; fossil and alternative energy sources. Consequences today and of the future on for example ecosystems, water supply, agriculture, forestry, natural disasters, health, economy and conflicts. Strategies to deal with climate and energy problems; actors, international agreements, North-South perspective. Future scenarios; global and personal.

Instruction

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment

Running examination with written assignments, active participation in seminars and projects.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 35, 2007