Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.01.2018 - 29.03.2018

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III-IV Spring (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student should be able to understand the ‘big picture’ in energy and climate; different techno-economic-social issues linked to energy, how to approach energy from different disciplines and how to apply your own discipline into energy problems. Learn that energy is more than just a technical solution and involves major economic and social dimensions as well.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course discusses foundational elements and solutions for energy through combining science and engineering, economics and business, social sciences and human behavior. The links between these disciplines often define the complexity of energy. Applying multi-disciplinary thinking to real-life energy problems. Such dimensions are high-lighted through a range of examples and cases. The course has 4 learning elements: lectures, exercises, group work, and team study.
Lectures (subject to update):
1 Introduction to Energy and Multidisciplinary Thinking
2 Sustainable Energy
3 Energy, Resources and Markets
4 Energy, Models and Decision-Making
5 Energy Perspectives - Business Models and Value-based Performance
6 Information Technology and Energy (Green-ICT)
7 Energy Harvesting
3 group works on multidisciplinary energy aspects (in 2-4-person teams):
1 "Science and Technology" (Solar microgrids)
2 "Business and Economics" (Energy Frugality)
3 "Social Sciences and Human Behaviour" (Consumer Willingness to Pay for Climate Change)
Team study (in 2-4 person teams): Typical topics from the the past (subject to change)
1: Energy Resource Adequacy and Conflicts: Bioenergy and Biofuels
2: Reverse Innovation in Energy
3: Crowd-funding in Energy
4: Own topic (t.b.d)

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Homework, group work presentations, group work report, peer assessment.


Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

30 h contact teaching, 40 h self-study, 60 h group work

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Material will be available through MyCourses. Journal and review articles; web.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic skills in your own discipline.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course Staff and Contact Information: Docent Janne Halme, Professor Peter Lund, 2 tutoring assistants (graduate students). The course is offered to all students interested in multi-disciplinary thinking in Aalto University; students at School of Science interested in energy. The course is arranged in collaboration between several chairs at Aalto University. The course is obligatory for the Multidisciplinary Energy Studies Minor (