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230145 SE Energy, Climate, and Society: Perspectives from STS (2016S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 02.05. 10:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien (Kickoff Class)
Monday 23.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 24.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Wednesday 25.05. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 31.05. 14:00 - 15:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Wednesday 01.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 02.06. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 03.06. 15:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Monday 06.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 07.06. 14:00 - 15:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Wednesday 08.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Over the next half-century, human societies will radically transform the sociotechnological systems through which energy is produced, transported, and consumed - in the process transforming themselves. Energy is foundational to the social, economic, and political organization of modern societies, and it is one of the most environmentally and socially destructive of modern technological enterprises. As a consequence, profound questions surround the social dimensions of large-scale transformations in energy systems, especially for issues of the relationships among science, technology, and society.
In this course, we will explore STS perspectives on energy, climate, and society, paying particular attention to the social drivers, dynamics, and outcomes of large-scale energy transitions. We will explore a variety of topics, including:
- The social (and political, economic, and cultural) organization of energy systems
- The politics of global supply chains
- Climate change and the globalization of environmental ideas and politics
- The social dimensions of energy transitions
- Social and community innovation in energy governance - the challenge of constructing thriving energy futures
- Commodifying carbon and governing carbon markets
- The socio-economic design of energy innovation
- Vulnerability, resilience, and climate risk in complex urban settings

Assessment and permitted materials

To pass the seminar, students are expected to complete the following tasks:
- participate actively in the discussions and read the seminar literature
- take leadership of one discussion session
- write a seminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grading Scheme
The grading of the course is based on the seperate assessment of different tasks on a scale of 1-5.

Participation: 20 percent, assessed individually
Leadership of one discussion session: 20 percent, assessed individually
Seminar paper: 60 percent, assessed individually

Minimum requirements
To successfully complete the course, a weighted average of at least 4,5 is required. Failure to meet the attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic work may result in a deduction of points.

Attendance
Presence and participation is compulsory. Absences of four hours at maximum are tolerated, provided that the lecturer is informed about the absence. Absences of up to eight hours in total may be compensated by either a deduction of grading points or/and extra work agreed with the lecturer. Whether compensation is possible is decided by the lecturer.

Absences of more than eight hours in total cannot be compensated. In this case, or if the lecturer does not allow a student to compensate absences of more than four hours, the course cannot be completed and is graded as a 'fail' (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfil the attendance requirements on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student's responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the vice-director of studies responsible for the master programme.

Important Grading Information
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme and the attendance regulations must be met. If a required task is not fulfilled, e.g. a required assignment is not handed in or if the student does not meet the attendance requirements, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as 'fail'; (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student's responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the vice-director of studies responsible for the master programme.

If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as 'not assessed' and will be entered into the electronic exam record as 'fraudulently obtained'. Self-plagiarism, particularly re-using own work handed in for other courses, will be treated likewise.

Examination topics

Reading list


Association in the course directory

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