Syllabus for Social Change, Leadership and Participation

Samhällsförändring, ledarskap och deltagande


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GV176
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Energy Transition G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2019-03-07
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-02-12
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2020
  • Entry requirements: 30 credists in Sustainable Energy Transition and 10 credits Environmental Science, including Introduction to Sustainable Energy Transition (15 credits) and Planning and Environmental Justice (10 credits)
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • explain a few basic theories about social and sociotechnical change processes which are relevant for energy transition.
  • explain a few basic theories about leadership, participation and communication which are relevant for energy transition.
  • analyse and critically reflect on leadership and energy transition processes, based on the theories presented during the course.
  • apply theories about leadership- and participation processes in the context of an energy transition.


With a focus on energy transition, the course presents theories about processes for social change as well as theories about leadership, participation and communication. The course encompasses both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills, including, for example, different ways to communicate and engage others. Here, perspectives on ethics and sustainability are included. The course also aims to convey knowledge about popular science presentation techniques.


Lectures, seminars, exercises.


Home exam (4 credits), group exercises (2 credits), written assignments (4 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 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Gailing, Ludger.; Moss, Timothy. Conceptualizing Germany’s Energy Transition : Institutions, Materiality, Power, Space

    London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016

    Chapter 3. Available as e-book.

    Find in the library


Scientific articles

Sovacool, B. & Hess, D.J. (2017) Ordering theories: Typologies and conceptual frameworks for sociotechnical change. Social studies of Science. Vol. 47(5), s. 703-750, DOI: 10.1177/0306312717709363 Bridge, G., Bouzarovski, S., Bradshaw, M. & Eyre, N. (2013) Geographies of energy transition: Space, place and the low-carbon economy, Energy Policy 53: 331-340

Additional literature in the form of articles and other scientific literature will be provided during the course (about 900 pages).

Last modified: 2022-04-26