KULT2209 - STS: Energy, Environment and Society


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course offers and introduction to social scientific perspectives on energy and environment, theories and methods for analyzing the social, political and economical aspects my production and consumption of energy. There is a specific focus on the Norwegian energy system and the development of energy technologies, energy supply and energy justice. Both innovation processes and strategies for renewable energy and environment are important subjects, as is commercialization, technological change and different user perspectives. The course is open to all students, and is part of the STS (studies in knowledge, technology and society) annual study program, which can be subject 2 / broad-based year in most bachelor's degrees and qualifies for admission to PPU (social studies)

Learning outcome

Students of this course have knowledge of:

  • social scientific understandings of energy, with focus on environmental, social, political and cultural aspects of production and consumption of energy
  • central issues within social scientific studies of renewable energy technologies, with emphasis on innovation, controversies and domestication
  • how the perspectives taught in the course are relevant to understanding the technological- and societal development

Students of this course are skilled at:

  • working interdependently with solving issues using knowledge from the course
  • utilizing knowledge gained from the course when analyzing and gaining a deeper understanding of their academic practices
  • utilizing knowledge gained from the course to solve practical and theoretical problems, including the ability to reach independent conclusions
  • writing and understanding analytical, well reasoned academic texts

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught as a combination of lectures, seminars and project work. In order to qualify for exam, the student has to fulfill a minimum of 5 work requirements. These can be both individual and group based and in different formats, for instance essay, presentation, digital narrative, blog and so on.

Obligatory activities

  • Minimum 5 approved work requirements

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig

Further on evaluation

Semester assignment. The final exam is preconditioned by a minimum of 5 approved work requirements. These can be both individual and group based and in different formats, for instance essay, presentation, digital narrative, blog etc. The final semester assignment is an individual work.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Will be given at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFEL0006 7.5 AUTUMN 2010
KULT2211 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100





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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