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
  • Revised: 2008-04-24
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 35, 2008
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course the student should
have an interdisciplinary understanding of the issues of climate change and energy from a sustainability perspective;
be able to give a description of how the climate system is affected by our society and how climate change affects society in different regions and within different sectors;
be able to give a description the global energy system of today and changes in supply and demand in the near future;
be able to give examples of different climate and energy scenarios for the future;
be able to give an account of and critically analyse and asses different proposed solutions to the issues of climate change and energy depletion;
be able to argument for and against the argumentation of researchers as well as other actors in the climate change and energy debate.

Content

The module addresses the issues of climate change and energy provision. The greenhouse effect, climatic variations in time and space, scientific methods of studying climate and different factors affecting the climate are studied. Thereafter, the historic development of different energy sources is presented and their importance for modern society is discussed. Included in this part is a general introduction to energy systems. Different societies' vulnerability to energy crisis, from a historical and contemporary perspective, is discussed and concepts such as Peak Oil introduced. The module also tries to highlight controversies of political and scientific nature: prognoses, research in risk assessment and the precautionary principle. Furthermore, the consequences of climate change and changes in energy provision on ecosystems, aquatic systems, agriculture, forestry, natural disasters, health, economics and conflicts, will be addressed. Lastly, different scenarios for the future will be presented and strategies to manage the issues of climate change and energy provision discussed.

Instruction

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment

Examination with written assignments, active participation in seminars and projects.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 35, 2008