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43667-01 - Seminar: Changing Individual Energy Behaviour - Approaches and Strategies 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster Jedes Frühjahrsem.
Dozierende Iljana Schubert (iljana.schubert@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Transforming today’s energy systems in industrialized countries includes a substantial reduction of the total energy consumption at the individual level. Selected instruments have been found to be effective in changing people’s behavior in single domains, however, households seems to be quite inert in their energy consumption. The so far weak success story on reducing overall energy consumption indicates that our understanding of the determining factors of individual energy consumption as well as of its change is far from being conclusive. Thereby, households or individuals are not treated as energy consumers properly speaking but as consumer of energy services. This widens the horizon to also include people's („socially constructed“) wants.
We will introduce different disciplinary approaches in the field of changing individual energy behavior to clarify the diverging perceptions of the opportunities to change the behavior. Regarding economics, energy is often seen as a commodity and consumers will adapt usage in response to price signals. In psychological conceptions, energy use can be affected by stimulus-response mechanisms or by promoting environmental values. Sociology is often not looking at individuals but at practices displaying social meanings in relation to „materials". Having revealed strengths and weaknesses of these approaches we will focus on an interdisciplinary frame integrating different perspectives on the change of individual energy behavior. Finally, we will further investigate and discuss the prospects and limitations of different governance/intervention strategies on multiple levels that are directed at changing individual energy behavior.
Lernziele The class will
- learn disciplinary approaches about changing individual energy behavior from economics, psychology, social sciences;
- reveal the benefits and the necessity of an interdisciplinary approach to understand changes in individual energy behavior;
- identify different governance strategies and levels of intervention to changing individual energy behavior.
Literatur tba in class
Bemerkungen Please note entry requirements and mandatory course application procedure (additional to registration on MOnA).

MSD 2017
For students with focus area in social sciences the seminar is optional for the "Core Competences in Social Scienes" module.
Transfer of credit points to the "Focal Areas in Sustainability Research" module (learning agreement) is possible for all students.

This seminar is offered by MSD. Dr. Iljana Schubert is a member of the Sustainability Research Group, Dep. of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Teilnahmebedingungen Special course application required for ALL (for details see 'course application' or 'Anmeldung').

Limited number of participants (25), Students of the MSD (incl. preparation semester) and JIDSD have a first priority, those of the listed programs (see list of modules) have a second priority.
If you study something different you must do a master's degree within the Department of Social Sciences/Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and may attend the seminar in case of vacancies (= third priority).

MSD 2017
MSD students who have chosen the focus area in natural sciences or in economics must have completed (or at least 8 CP) the “Complementary Knowledge in Social Sciences” module.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Mandatory application for ALL: Link for application open from 18.01.22/noon - 06.02.22/midnight:

Login on top row right hand side of ADAM website. The link is open as soon as the application form is online.

In case of vacancies the mandatory online application link remains open until 03.03.22/noon.

Course enrollment on MOnA should be completed by the beginning of the teaching period
(withdrawal possible until Monday of week five)
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 24.02.2022 – 02.06.2022
Zeit Donnerstag, 12.15-14.00 Bernoullistrasse 14/16
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 24.02.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 03.03.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 10.03.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Donnerstag 17.03.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 24.03.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 31.03.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 07.04.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 14.04.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Ostern
Donnerstag 21.04.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 28.04.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 05.05.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 12.05.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 19.05.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 26.05.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Donnerstag 02.06.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Module Modul: Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular attendance, required reading, oral presentation, written essay.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An-/Abmelden: Belegen resp. Stornieren der Belegung via MOnA
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung