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Systems of Governance and the Global Challenges of Energy and Climate

AORG109 focuses on the significance of the energy- and electricity-systems for the global environment- and climate challenge.

Petter Rudwall - Industrial factory, Stockholm, Sweden

The course AORG109 – “Systems of Governance and the Global Challenges of Energy and Climate” is based on the fact that we live in a capitalist world where pressures in the direction of economic growth creates increasingly large environmental problems. This has culminated in many ways through the recognition of global warming. The course takes as a starting point the research that has emerged which compares different capitalist countries and systems, and shows that capitalism comes in several institutional forms.

The course compares these various institutional systems in different regions of the world and discusses the possibilities for change in a more sustainable direction. This also opens up the possibility of cooperation across countries and regions in order to solve today’s global environmental problem. By focusing on actors and institutional relationships across the public and private sector, including the role of public authorities, producers, investors and consumers, and the role of civil society organizations, students will learn how countries respond to energy and climate challenges, as well as how these challenges cause interaction between actors in the state, market and civil society.

Upon completing the course, students will be capable of discussing the role of energy-systems in relation to environmental and climate challenges, why existing systems are difficult to change, the development of alternative, sustainable sources of energy, and how global issues affect political processes and choices within the energy sector.