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DHIS 2425A - How to live sustainably in an Era of Energy Overconsumption?

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Current debates about the depletion of our planet's resources still rarely focus on the issue of everyday energy consumption. And, if they do so, the wide disciplinary dispersion in the field does not render the identification of a “bigger picture” straightforward. This elective aims at providing an introductory overview to this vast interdisciplinary field of demand side energy research. Pulling together different strands of knowledge, the students will – after a historic overview regarding energy infrastructure building in Europe and the U.S. – explore seminal works stemming from energy economics and political sciences, but also from anthropology and sociology. On top of that, the students will conduct practical case studies. These will also be an occasion for the students to debate with renowned experts of the field, be they academics, practitioners or both.


MOSGALIK, Ines C. (Doctorante)

Required reading

Hughes, T. (1983). Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930. London: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Additional required reading

  • Lagendijk, V. (2008). Electrifying Europe: The Power of Europe in the Construction of Electricity Networks. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • Meadows, D., Meadows, D., Randers, J., & Behrens, W. (1972). Limits to Growth. New York: Universe Books.
  • Nye, D. E. (1992). Electrifying America. Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940. Cambridge: The MIT Press.