- Global Challenges: Sustainability
Our global energy system is undergoing a transformation as we move away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy. This course will take a practical approach to exploring the energy transition by applying the theoretical knowledge gained in class to a real-life renewable energy project. Throughout the Block, we will draw upon the planning and development process for this project to explore the three pillars of sustainable development (environmental, social, and economic sustainability) as they relate to the development of renewable energy. Within this framework, we will explore topics ranging from the commodification of nature to the management of protected areas, and from environmental impact assessment to understanding the planning of, and local opposition to, sustainable energy infrastructure.
Students will develop a research question and conduct a literature review.
Students will learn how to work together effectively in a group setting.
Students will learn to communicate effectively through oral and written assignments.
Identify and understand the various frames by which we understand and value nature.
Understand the planning and development of renewable energy projects.
Identify and analyse the environmental, social, and economic impacts of renewable energy development.
*Understand the concepts, principles and practices discussed in class.
Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2021-2022 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.
Mode of instruction
This course is project-based. This course will proceed primarily as a seminar with a mix of lecture, class discussion, workshops, and small group meetings with the instructor
Discussion Leader (17.5%)
Group brief outline (15%)
Group complete brief (30%)
Project development hearing (17.5%)
Literature Report (20%)
A reading list will be made available before the course starts. The following book is recommended and it will be available via the Leiden University library:
Therivel, R., and G. Wood. 2017. Methods of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (4th ed.). Routledge, eISBN: 9781315626932.
Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Marco Cinelli, email@example.com
Dr. Anna Liza Bais, email TBC