Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 201700029
Energy, Sustainability and Society
Course info
Course module201700029
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. F.H.J.M. Coenen
dr. E.J. Aukes
Contactperson for the course
dr. F.H.J.M. Coenen
dr. F.H.J.M. Coenen
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
The course Energy, Sustainability and Society (ESS) is one of the non-technical courses of the SET master program. The main goal of the ESS course is to teach on the socio-economic context of energy in general and sustainable energy technology in particular.
The intended learning outcomes of the course are:
At the end of the course students have proven (by assignments) to be able to:
  • describe the key energy challenges in the Global North and Global South
  • explain the concept of sustainable development and its implication for energy supply in the Global North and Global South
  • express the (economic) organization of energy markets in particular electricity markets
  • discuss the societal significance and impact of (renewable) energy
  • illustrate climate change and its implications for energy in society
  • explain key concepts of energy management and energy planning
  • analyse core problems in national electricity markets in the world
Energy is one of the vital resources of societies and a secure and reliable supply of energy, therefore, is crucial. It requires not only resources and technologies, but also (economic) organization and coordination. Due to the world’s sustainability ambitions national energy supply has become more and more a challenge of transforming the resource base from conventional resources like fossils and nuclear to renewable resources like wind, solar and biomass. This is a huge challenge throughout the globe. The course will teach about the energy challenges in national energy systems and how systems cope with these challenges. The course predominantly focuses on Europe, but the challenges in the Global South are covered too.

  • Individual assignments
  • Team assignments
Assumed previous knowledge
Bachelor of Science ME
Participating study
Master Sustainable Energy Technology
Participating study
Master Mechanical Engineering
Required materials
Van de Graaf, Thijs and Sovacool, Benjamin K. (2020) Global Energy Politics, Cambridge: Polity Press,
Further literature to be announced and communicated on Canvas.
Course material
On Canvas
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes


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