Norway, Oslo

Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development

when 28 June 2010 - 6 August 2010
duration 6 weeks
credits 9.9 ECTS
fee USD 4475

Topics central to the course include energy policy and planning, energy efficiency, conservation and renewables as well as energy trends, scenarios and emerging technologies. Climate change and environmental impacts, international environmental agreements and conventions, the sustainable development paradigm and sustainable production and consumption are also central issues for discussion. Other topics of note include eco-design, low energy futures, indirect energy, sustainable buildings and cities, and anthropological approaches to energy use. The focus of the course is on practical solutions. Course leaders and guest lecturers cover a broad spectrum of international experience. The course includes energy case studies from both industrialized and developing countries.

This course is offered in cooperation with Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo.

Course leader


Target group

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a field related to energy, sustainability or development, and preferably some professional experience within fields such as planning, policy, engineering, economics, or social sciences.

Course aim

Sustainable development requires broad horizons and integrated solutions. A keyword for the course is interdisciplinary, with interaction between participants and lecturers from a wide variety of backgrounds. The course does not intend to provide detailed technical information, but to highlight the complexity of energy and environmental issues within a framework of sustainable development. It focuses on how ecological, economic and social goals are interwoven, and require different energy policies and solutions depending on both the local context and the development framework.

Credits info

9.9 ECTS
Written assignment and participation and final written examination. Grading based on the ECTS grading system A-B-C-D-E-F.

Fee info

USD 4475: On campus fee, room & board included