This 3S-led module is a third-year undergraduate option on our BA/BSc Geography degrees, and our Environmental Sciences degrees. It will introduce students to a range of social science perspectives on the inter-relationships between energy and people. The module begins by tracing the history and development of energy intensive societies and everyday lives as a means of understanding how energy has emerged as a key sustainability problem. The second part of the module then introduces some theories of social and technical change and uses these to critically analyse a range of people-based solutions to energy problems that are currently being tried and tested around the world. This module is assessed by formative assessment and coursework which includes a group presentation and an individual written essay.
Module convenor: Tom Hargreaves