GEOG2017 - Energy transition and sustainable development


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam on campus
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam on campus 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

Mitigating climate change will require significant shifts in global energy systems. However, ramping up energy transitions can create conflicts and unintended consequences on environment and societies both locally and globally. This course approaches energy transitions from multiple perspectives to excavate the opportunities and barriers of different transition strategies for sustainable development. Students will learn how to draw upon different sources and methods to identify and explain the unintended consequences of energy transitions.

Topics that will be addressed in the course can include, but is not limited to:

  • Sustainable and just transitions for oil and gas dependent communities
  • Windpower, conflict, and community planning
  • Extracting resources for the green transition and participatory governance
  • Biofuels, land-use, and contested development

The course is a subject area course for programmes within the study area social sciences. Check the programme description for each study programme for information about requirements.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


Has an understanding of the geography of energy systems and energy transitions and how energy transitions in one place impact livelihoods, environment, and conflicts in other places. Furthermore, students will learn how specific measures can be implemented to mitigate negative consequences and ensure that energy transitions are sustainable and just.


Is able to address and critically discuss the impacts of sustainable transitions in an interconnected world using different resources and how to implement measures that can mitigate these impacts.

General Competence:

Has the ability to utilize different resources to identify, examine, and analyze dilemmas, conflicts, and contestations surrounding green energy transitions and evaluate different measures that can be used to ensure that energy transitions are sustainable, equitable, and just.

Learning methods and activities

Up to 15 hours lectures and in-class activities. In addition, the course will consist of multiple "working packages" related to different topics that can include, but is not limited to, online lectures, virtual fieldwork, databanks, research articles, newspaper clippings, online resources, and other materials which will serve for the basis for study in groups.

Compulsory assignments

  • Working packages

Further on evaluation

The compulsory assignments must be completed and approved in order to be eligible to take the exam. The examination is a 4 hour written exam (worth 100% of the final grade). Same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam or improving the grade. The written exam is offered both in the autumn and spring semester.

Students can submit both compulsory activities and the exam in Norwegian, English or a Scandinavian language.

Compulsory Assignments

Working packages: Students will work in groups on multiple compulsory activities that can include, but are not limited to, reflection notes, presentation, etc. based on topics given in the working packages. Information about the mandatory activities will be available in Blackboard at the beginning of the semester.

Submission and approval of these activities is a prerequisite to take the exam.

Required previous knowledge


More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
  • Human Geography
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: School exam on campus

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam on campus 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam on campus 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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