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FEEG6027 The Social Science of Energy Storage

Module Overview

Energy storage is a rapidly developing topic that will be essential in the delivery of a global low carbon economy, hence students will receive tuition in the social sciences relevant to understanding the future application of energy storage technologies. The future development and deployment of energy storage technologies will be partly determined by their public, political and economic (i.e. social) acceptance. This module will provide students with an introduction to theoretical models and debates relevant to understanding the social acceptance of energy storage technologies, emanating from a number of social science disciplines (e.g., psychology, human geography, economics, politics and ethics). Students will also receive training in the key research methods used by social scientists investigating socio-technical issues and will have an opportunity to debate the role that social science should play in shaping energy futures.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • A good awareness of key social science theories pertinent to our understanding of the social acceptance of energy storage technologies
  • An appreciation of, and ability to apply, key social science research methods in order to investigate the social acceptance of energy storage (and other) technologies
  • An ability to reflect upon and debate the role that social sciences disciplines will play in shaping energy futures, particularly in relation to energy storage technologies

Syllabus

The future development and deployment of energy storage technologies will be partly determined by their public, political and economic (i.e. social) acceptance. This module will provide students with an introduction to theoretical models and debates relevant to understanding the social acceptance of energy storage technologies, emanating from a number of social science disciplines (e.g., psychology, human geography, economics, politics and ethics). Students will also receive training in the key research methods used by social scientists investigating socio-technical issues and will have an opportunity to debate the role that social science should play in shaping energy futures.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching on this unit will take place over and intensive 1-week course at the University of Sheffield. This taught time will be supplemented by 124 hours of independent study during the taught week and over the subsequent 2-weeks, where candidates will research and write their coursework essay assignment as well as doing further reading on the topics introduced during the contact hours (see below). Teaching will take place through a mixture of: (a) seminars; b) problem solving/example classes; and c) guest lectures, convened and/or led by lecturers from key social science disciplines based principally at the Universities of Sheffield and Southampton. Consistent with the learning outcomes, this combination of teaching methods and research expertise will afford students the opportunity to develop a broad awareness of some of the key theories, approaches and skills required to effectively apply social scientific understanding to energy storage issues.

TypeHours
Independent Study116
Teaching34
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

No pre-reading is required for this module students are expected to attend with little or no previous experience of social science.. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Extended Essay 80%
Group presentation 20%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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