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Energy, Environment and Society - masterstudium (M-EES)

Facts
Studieprogramkode

M-EES

Vekting (SP)

120

Studienivå

Master's degree (2 years)

Fører til grad

Energy, Environment and Society - masterstudium

Varighet

4 Semesters

Grunnstudium

Yes

Tilbys av

Faculty of Social Sciences

Undervisningsspråk

English

Intro

This Master programme takes the Paris Agreement (climate change) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the point of departure. The programme focuses on the challenges associated with the realization of these goals, with a special emphasis on energy. Energy and its associated environmental challenges present tremendous challenges for both nations and the international community. Energy systems across the globe are transitioning - or about to transition - towards lower carbon and more sustainable energy configurations. At the same time, debates about what constitutes sustainable energy policy have intensified in most countries, with political conflicts over the true meaning of concepts such as sustainable energy, low carbon transition, and with different and competing visions about the future energy mix and future energy system.

These political controversies constitute the core of this Master study. It raises the fundamental question what sustainable energy might be and what a low carbon transition might look like from different perspectives. The program gives students an overview into energy specific challenges, environmental challenges associated with energy (e.g. climate change, water resources deterioration, competition for land, etc.), and explores the different actors, interests, perceptions and drivers of a possible transition towards a low carbon society in diverse contexts. It encompasses the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainable development.

The Master explores transition theories. How can societal changes be managed and directed towards specific goals such as sustainable development and a low carbon society? What are the specific configurations of politics and policy that will enable a transition to a sustainable society in different contexts?

While the Master program is multidisciplinary in its approach, it provides room to specialize, through the selection of electives and by studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Please note that changes in the elective courses might occur. The selection of elective courses offered each year might therefore vary.

Syllabus
Career prospects

This Master's program in social sciences is highly relevant to both the public and the private sector. Demand for knowledge about the nexus between energy, environment and sustainability is expected to increase sharply in the future. Employers like the public sector, think tanks, consultancies and the energy industry explore new ways of thinking and new ways of governance to enable social change together with low-carbon energy transitions. In an area as dynamically changing, this Master’s social science graduates are an asset for the public and private sector.  

Study plan and courses
  • Compulsary courses

  • 3 term at UiS or exchange studies

    • Term 3 at UiS - Choose 3 courses

      • New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

        Study points: 10

      • A posthuman era? New theoretical reflections on the human and its relations

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        A posthuman era? New theoretical reflections on the human and its relations

        Study points: 10

      • Intersectionality: critical perspectives on Inequality and Power

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        Intersectionality: critical perspectives on Inequality and Power

        Study points: 10

      • Work placement

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        Work placement

        Study points: 30

      • Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development

        Study points: 10

      • Environmental and Resource Economics

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        Environmental and Resource Economics

        Study points: 10

    • Exchange studies

      Exchange - 30 SP

      Credits (ECTS): 30

      Read more about exchange
  • Compulsary courses

    • Societal transition and transformation - Energy and climate change

      YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1

      Societal transition and transformation - Energy and climate change

      Study points: 10

    • Philosophy of Science and Research Methods

      YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1

      Philosophy of Science and Research Methods

      Study points: 10

    • Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration

      YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1

      Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration

      Study points: 10

    • Social science research methods

      YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

      Social science research methods

      Study points: 10

    • Master Thesis

      YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

      Master Thesis

      Study points: 30

  • 3 term at UiS or exchange studies

    • Term 3 at UiS - Choose 3 courses

      • New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

        Study points: 10

      • A posthuman era? New theoretical reflections on the human and its relations

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        A posthuman era? New theoretical reflections on the human and its relations

        Study points: 10

      • Intersectionality: critical perspectives on Inequality and Power

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        Intersectionality: critical perspectives on Inequality and Power

        Study points: 10

      • Work placement

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        Work placement

        Study points: 30

      • Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development

        Study points: 10

      • Environmental and Resource Economics

        YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

        Environmental and Resource Economics

        Study points: 10

    • Exchange studies

      Exchange - 30 SP

      Credits (ECTS): 30

      Read more about exchange
  • Choose two courses in term 2

    • Digital societies for sustainable energy transitions

      YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

      Digital societies for sustainable energy transitions

      Study points: 10

    • The geopolitics of the energy transition

      YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

      The geopolitics of the energy transition

      Study points: 10

    • Economics of Energy Markets

      YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

      Economics of Energy Markets

      Study points: 10

    • Energy and environmental politics and policy in a comparative perspective

      YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

      Energy and environmental politics and policy in a comparative perspective

      Study points: 10

    • Governing energy transitions

      YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

      Governing energy transitions

      Study points: 10

Student exchange

Exchange semester
Semester 3

Students at Energy, Environment and Society can do a semester abroad, at one of our partner universities. Going on exchange is a great opportunity to make the most out of your degree, and to take courses not offered by UiS. Your semester abroad will be integrated into your degree, without your study progression being delayed.

Choosing courses
Throughout the recommended exchange semester, you are to take master level electives giving you 30 ECTS. This means you can choose freely which electives to take abroad, as long as the content is relevant for your study program. Some institutions have already made 30 ECTS course packages. At other instituitons, you can choose courses freely. The Department of Media and Social Sciences has a list over previously approved courses.

Help to apply for pre-approval of courses
After the application deadline, the department invites you to a workshop, where you will receive guidance in how to apply for pre-approval of the courses you want to take abroad. We recommend you to include courses giving you more than 30 ECTS, so that you have have a number of courses to choose from.

Want to know more?
Please contact study adviser Live Kolstad Kvalsvik for more information.

General information about exchange: Exchange guide in Digital student service desk

Student exchange
  • All countries

    Københavns Universitet

    København er et populært studiested for nordmenn, ikke minst på grunn av den geografiske og språklige nærheten til Norge.

    Aalborg Universitet

    Aalborg Universitet (AAU) er kjent for å benytte seg av problembasert læring i grupper, noe som kan by på en spennende læringsprosess.

    Roskilde Universitet

    Roskilde er mer enn bare musikk - byen har også et universitet der du kan reise på utveksling!

    University of Iceland

    I hjerte av Islands hovedstad, Reykjavik, omringet av utrolig landskap, ligger University of Iceland.

    Reis på utveksling til Island og Reykjavik, og få stipend gjennom Nordlys, Nordtek eller Erasmus+.

    Göteborgs universitet

    Göteborg er Sveriges nest største by. Her blir man aldri mett på inntrykk med supre shoppingmuligheter, koselige kafeer, flotte museer og ikke minst en skjærgård med mange flotte steder, severdigheter og øyer å besøke.

    University of Twente, Enschede

    Opplev Europa og det internasjonale studiemiljøet i Nederland. University of Twente er UiS sitt partneruniversitet i ECIU-nettverket og tilbyr utvekslingsmuligheter for mange studenter ved UiS. University of Twente er et moderne og innovativt campus-universitet som satser stort på entreprenørskap og har mer enn 9000 studenter.

    Delft University of Technology

    Delft University of Technology, også kjent som TU Delft, er regnet for å være blant verdens mest prestisjetunge universitet innen ingeniørfag og teknologi. Dette er en unik mulighet for deg som studerer ingeniørfag!

    Technical University of Munich

    The Technical University of Munich, also known as TUM, accounts for major advancements in the field of natural sciences. TUM is one of the best universities in Germany and has several awarded scientists and Nobel Prize winners. The Technical University of Munich strives for excellent teaching and research quality.

    Flinders University

    Flinders University er eit internasjonalt orientert universitet som rangerer blant dei ti beste Australian Universities for International Standing.

    Griffith University

    Griffith University er en populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter. Universitetet er et særlig godt valg for studenter innen musikk/dans, hotell/turisme og business.

    Bond University

    Reis på utveksling til Gold Coast og Bond University!

  • Denmark

    Københavns Universitet

    København er et populært studiested for nordmenn, ikke minst på grunn av den geografiske og språklige nærheten til Norge.

    Aalborg Universitet

    Aalborg Universitet (AAU) er kjent for å benytte seg av problembasert læring i grupper, noe som kan by på en spennende læringsprosess.

    Roskilde Universitet

    Roskilde er mer enn bare musikk - byen har også et universitet der du kan reise på utveksling!

  • Iceland

    University of Iceland

    I hjerte av Islands hovedstad, Reykjavik, omringet av utrolig landskap, ligger University of Iceland.

    Reis på utveksling til Island og Reykjavik, og få stipend gjennom Nordlys, Nordtek eller Erasmus+.

  • Sweden

    Göteborgs universitet

    Göteborg er Sveriges nest største by. Her blir man aldri mett på inntrykk med supre shoppingmuligheter, koselige kafeer, flotte museer og ikke minst en skjærgård med mange flotte steder, severdigheter og øyer å besøke.

  • Netherlands

    University of Twente, Enschede

    Opplev Europa og det internasjonale studiemiljøet i Nederland. University of Twente er UiS sitt partneruniversitet i ECIU-nettverket og tilbyr utvekslingsmuligheter for mange studenter ved UiS. University of Twente er et moderne og innovativt campus-universitet som satser stort på entreprenørskap og har mer enn 9000 studenter.

    Delft University of Technology

    Delft University of Technology, også kjent som TU Delft, er regnet for å være blant verdens mest prestisjetunge universitet innen ingeniørfag og teknologi. Dette er en unik mulighet for deg som studerer ingeniørfag!

  • Germany

    Technical University of Munich

    The Technical University of Munich, also known as TUM, accounts for major advancements in the field of natural sciences. TUM is one of the best universities in Germany and has several awarded scientists and Nobel Prize winners. The Technical University of Munich strives for excellent teaching and research quality.

  • Australia

    Flinders University

    Flinders University er eit internasjonalt orientert universitet som rangerer blant dei ti beste Australian Universities for International Standing.

    Griffith University

    Griffith University er en populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter. Universitetet er et særlig godt valg for studenter innen musikk/dans, hotell/turisme og business.

    Bond University

    Reis på utveksling til Gold Coast og Bond University!