KULT2211 - STS: Energy, Environment and Society 2


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination. For a complete course description, see previous academic years.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

The course provides an introduction to social science perspectives on issues related to energy and the environment. It focuses on the following main issues:

  • An historical overview of the Norwegian energy system, the development of energy technologies, energy supply and energy policy.
  • Political strategies for sustainable energy.
  • Processes of innovation, commercialisation and technological change.
  • The understanding of energy users in technological design and in policy instruments.
  • Energy actors and their role in the making of a more sustainable production and consumption of energy.
  • Strategies for climate adapation.
  • Energy, sustainability and democracy.

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
  • 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 teaching consists of lectures, student activities and discussions. One minor term paper must be passed in order to take the exam. The course is graded on the basis of a four hours written home exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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 2011
KULT2209 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture


Examination arrangement: Home examination

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 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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