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Energy Transitions and Climate Change (ETC)
Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status
Course Description

This course focuses on the energy transition and the sector's impact on changing the climate. From the industrial revolution to the current effort to roll-out renewables for a net-zero 2050 this course will review the technologies, resources, policies and (in)action to increase energy consumption over the last 150 years. The course is designed with a broad overarching focus that provides a macro-perspective to the energy transition and its contribution to economic development and climate change. Other courses in the department delve deeper into the many issues this course provides a topical understanding on. Class participation is an essential element of this course.

It is strongly encouraged if students are from departments other than Environmental Sciences and Policy, they sign up for the fall-term University Wide Course, Society and the Energy Transition.

The course serves both as a  step to energy transition courses in Winter Semester and for those who would like to receive a broad understanding of contemporary issues in sustainable energy and its impacts on climate.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand contemporary challenges of energy systems, including their social and environmental role and impacts
  2. Understand the need for and the principles of constructing global energy-climate scenarios and their use for policy+making
  3. Understand the principles and the challenges of net-zero energy systems
  4. Understand the role of national priorities and contexts in transitions to sustainable energy systems
    • Class Participation: 30 points (10 x 3 points)
    • Class recorder: 10 points
    • Presentation and worksheet: 30 points
    • Final paper: 30 points


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