Germany, Bonn

Renewable Energy: Policy and Development

when 1 July 2016 - 3 August 2016
duration 5 weeks
credits 6 ECTS

This interdisciplinary program introduces students to current energy policy on global and local levels, with a special focus on conflicts associated with the topic. Located in the heart of Germany’s UN City Bonn, this program offers participants the unique opportunity to assess policy-making in action. Through intensive seminars, individual research projects and guest lectures by experts from academia, politics, and international organizations, students will critically assess the potential and challenges of renewable energy.

The interactive exchange with experts from diverse fields further provides students with a glimpse into possible career paths. Excursions to the European Commission in Brussels and field trips to local projects in and around Bonn complement the program.

An introductory workshop on German culture and activities with student "Buddies" from Bonn make the summer school a unique intercultural experience. A 5-day excursion to Berlin will conclude the program. While in Berlin, students will meet and discuss with practitioners and politicians from various government agencies and NGOs. Furthermore, students will also gain deeper insight into recent German history and culture.

Course leader

University of Bonn

Target group

We welcome highly motivated undergraduate students from any field of study. Students should have already completed at least one year of study. Since the program is entirely conducted in English, German language skills are not required.

Course aim

The program will give an introduction to the field of renewable energy policy and development. Students will actively work on group projects, which will enhance their ability to independently examine a scientific problem, evaluate conflicting views, conduct analyses and make recommendations. The combination and structure of program elements will strengthen the students’ ability to work in an interdisciplinary context as well as familiarize them with different levels of policy efforts (global to local) in the context of renewable energy. Traditional classroom-based learning will be complemented by field trips to institutions and projects, in an effort to deepen both students’ theoretical and practical knowledge. Rich cultural programming and support by student "Buddies" will enhance intercultural competences.

Fee info

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