|Module title||Just transition to low carbon economies|
|Module lecturer||prof. UAM dr hab. Aleksandra Lis-Plesińska|
|Faculty||Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies|
Module aim (aims)
The aim of this module is to present students with the concept of just transition to low carbon economies and to critically discuss different cases of transition. We will deal with the following processes: phasing out coal in vulnerable regions, renewable energy project – their positives and downsides, electric mobility – its societal distribution and energy poverty. The main conceptual apparatus that will be proposed to frame our discussions are different types of justice: distributional, procedural, justice as recognition, epistemic justice. We will discuss different visions of energy futures and socio-technical imaginaries as institutionalized and embedding transition processes in different contexts.
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
It is required that participants in this course have a good command of English language – both in speaking and reading – as many readings will be assigned for each class.
Week 1: Introduction: climate change, energy transition and social justice
Week 2: Concepts: dimensions of environmental and energy justice
Week 3: Images, imaginaries and visions of energy future
Week 4: Multilevel perspective on the transition of socio-technical systems
Week 5: Phasing out coal – visions and vulnerabilities
Week 6: Renewable energy sources – green and black renewables
Week 7: Energy consumption and practice theory
Week 8: Energy poverty – how to measure and how to address it
Week 9: Sustainable transportation – urban perspectives
Week 10: Electric mobility – for whom?
Week 11: Autonomous vehicles – a seductive vision of a robot taxi
Week 12: Just transition – global perspectives
Week 13: Students’ presentations
Week 14: Students’ presentations
Week 15: Students’ presentations
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