Nicolas Schmid: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2022

Name Dr. Nicolas Schmid
Address
Energie- und Technologiepolitik
ETH Zürich, CLD C 13
Clausiusstrasse 37
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
E-mailnicolas.schmid@gess.ethz.ch
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipLecturer

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
857-0103-00LTopics in Public Policy: Governing the Energy Transition Restricted registration - show details
Only for MA Comparative and International Studies.
8 credits2SS. Sewerin, N. Schmid
AbstractThis course addresses the role of policy change and its underlying politics in the transformation of the energy and other climate and sustainability-related sectors. It focuses on political perspectives (while also touching on historical and socio-economic perspectives) and applies various theoretical concepts to understand specific aspects of transition governance.
Objective- To gain an overview of the history of the transition of large socio-technical systems
- To recognize challenges for transformative policy change and to understand the theoretical frameworks and concepts for studying transitions
- To develop own research question and address it in research paper that demonstrates knowledge of the role of policy and politics in transitions
ContentClimate change, access to energy and other societal challenges are directly linked to the way we use and create energy. Both the recent United Nations Paris climate change agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals make a fast and extensive transition of socio-technical systems necessary.
This course introduces the social and environmental challenges involved in the energy sector as a key sector in need of transition. It compares the current situation with historical socio-technical transitions and derives the consequences for policy-making. It then focuses on the role of public policy and policy change in governing complex socio-technical transitions, considering the role of political actors, institutions and policy feedback.
The course has a highly interactive (seminar-like) character. Students are expected to actively engage in the weekly discussions and to give a presentation (15-20 minutes) on one of the weekly topics during that particular session. In addition to the weekly lectures, students will write a research paper of approximately 6000 words, guided by and in collaboration with the lecturers.
Active participation in the seminar (15%) and the presentation (15%) will form one part of the final grade, with the research paper forming the rest (70%).
Lecture notesSlides and reading material will be made available via moodle.ethz.ch (only for registered students).
LiteratureA reading list will be provided via moodle.ethz.ch at the beginning of the semester.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is intended for the MA Comparative International Studies programme.