link Source: www.futurelearn.com
date_range Starts on April 25, 2016
event_note Ends on May 2, 2016
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assignment Level : Introductive
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Learn how to analyse energy transition cases from technological, legal, economics, spatial, and social perspectives.

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Since the discovery of fire, mankind has used various energy sources to aid our development. The energy system has been continually changing, as the economy and technology progress. Today, energy systems are confronted with pressing global challenges: climate protection; economic and social development; poverty eradication; adequate food production; health for all; and the conservation of ecosystems, peace and security. A major transformation – an energy transition - is required to address these challenges. Take a multidisciplinary approach to energy transition Energy transition, however, is not a simple question with straightforward solutions. Instead, it must consider and balance technological, legal, economic, spatial and social aspects. On this free online course, we will take this multidisciplinary approach, to examine the energy transition question from each of these perspectives. We will provide you with the framework and methods to analyse the question yourself. We will start by introducing global energy and sustainability issues, and possible scenarios in the first week. To facilitate and realise changes in energy systems, technology and innovation plays an important role. This will be discussed in Week 2. In Weeks 3 and 4, we will analyse legal and economic considerations at regional and country levels. When country-level decisions are being implemented, spatial planning and social acceptance come into the picture. In Weeks 5 and 6, we will discuss how communities and individuals perceive energy transitions and interact with policies. Analyse energy transition in your own country In the final week, you will use the knowledge and skills you will have acquired from this course, to analyse the energy transition question in your own country. To provide insightful analysis and suggest sensible solutions in your final assignment, start thinking now about energy transition questions in your country that you want to work on. With these questions in mind, you can practise and deepen your knowledge with articles, discussions and quizzes each week.
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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen (abbreviated as UG; Dutch: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, abbreviated as RUG) is a public research university in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. The university was founded in 1614 and is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands as well as one of its largest. Since its inception more than 200,000 students have graduated. It is a member of the distinguished international Coimbra Group of European universities.

In April 2013, according to the results of the International Student Barometer, the University of Groningen, for the third time in a row, has been voted the best University of the Netherlands. In 2014 the university celebrated its 400th anniversary.

The University of Groningen has ten faculties, nine graduate schools, 27 research centres and institutes, and more than 175 degree programmes.

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Futurelearn

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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