Syllabus for Energy and Systems

Energi och system


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1GV164
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Energy Transition G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2018-03-08
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-03-04
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and Mathematics 3b or 3c/Mathematics C, Science Studies 2, Social Studies 1b or 1a1+1a2
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe energy from a historic, political and geographical perspective with respect to resources, production and usage
  • account for basic energy concepts
  • evaluate and compare energy resources from a sustainability perspective
  • apply system theory on different energy system on different levels


The course provides knowledge about energy conversion from a sustainability and system perspective. In the course system theory, basic energy concepts and different scales of energy systems are reviewed. The course also gives insight into how energy has been produced and used historically, political challenges associated with it as well as the geographic spread of resources needed for energy production. Tools and strategies to evaluate energy sources based on their sustainability are also provided.


Lectures, seminars and exercises


Active participation in seminars and hand-in assignments (3 credits), and a written exam (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Demirel, Yaşar. Energy : Production, Conversion, Storage, Conservation, and Coupling

    2nd ed. 2016.: Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.

    Find in the library


Materials handed out during course, about 200 pages

Last modified: 2022-04-26