Energy and Systems

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1GV164

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Sustainable Energy Transition G1N
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 4 March 2021
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

General entry requirements and Mathematics 3b or 3c/Mathematics C, Science Studies 2, Social Studies 1b or 1a1+1a2

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.