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: 16.01.2023 - 20.03.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Janne Halme

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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. The multidisciplinary dimensions are highlighted through a range of examples and cases that demonstrate and debate the requirement and application of multi-disciplinary thinking to real-life energy problems.

    The course has frour learning elements: lectures, learning diaries, exercises, and a group work. The topics vary to some extent depending on current topical issues in energy, including but not restricted to:

    • Introduction to energy and multidisciplinary thinking
    • Energy and sustainability
    • Energy, technology and ecology
    • Energy, resources and markets
    • Energy, models and decision-making
    • Energy, businesses and projects
    • Energy and consumer behaviour
    • Energy and information technology
    • Energy perspectives in arts and humanities


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture diaries, group work presentations, peer assessment.


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    32 h contact teaching, 40 h self-study, 63 h group work


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - IV
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV