Syllabus for Introduction to Sustainable Energy Transition

Introduktion till hållbar energiomställning


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1GV169
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Energy Transition G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • 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 shall be able to:

  • describe the driving forces behind an energy transition as well as its central prerequisites and challenges
  • explain the concept of sustainability
  • explain and relate to interdisciplinarity's meaning in relation to the sustainable energy transition
  • reflect on individuals' and society's roll in energy transition
  • reflect on the ethical concerns related to energy transition
  • gather information and reflect over its reliability and relevance
  • present work orally and in writing while using the basic skills of scientific writing


The course addresses the driving forces behind energy transition, such as climate change, and it's scientific, societal and technical prerequisites and challenges. This includes historical perspectives as well as different geographical levels, from the private to the global scale. The course additionally introduces the concept of sustainability and energy transition cases. Interdisciplinary work is introduced with focus on the interactions between different perspectives and competences in science and society. Ethics is discussed and related to challenges in sustainable energy transition and leadership. Basic skills for presenting work orally and in writing are taught along with an introduction to scientific writing. The course also includes study trips and meetings with professionals working with energy transition. The course also addresses equal opportunities with respect to the Discrimination Act.


The course's teaching will include lectures, seminars, different types of exercises as well as study trips.


Moment 1: active participation in seminars and oral presentations (4.5 credits) as well as written assignments (2.5 credits), both individually and in groups.

Moment 2: active participation in seminars and oral presentations (2.5 credits) as well as written assignments (5.5 credits), both individually and in groups.

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.

Additional course literature will include a selection of articles and other scientific literature (about 500 pages)

  • Heinberg, Richard; Fridley, David Our Renewable Future : Laying the Path for 100% Clean Energy

    E-version available

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26