Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 18.01.2021 - 22.03.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Janne Halme, Peter Lund

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Janne Halme, Peter Lund

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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


  • Applies in this implementation:

    In spring 2021 the course will be organized 100 % online. The organization, assignments and evaluation will be asapted to the new situation.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic skills in your own discipline.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action