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

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2024
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 behaviour in single domains, however, households seem to be quite inert in their energy consumption. Although small process has been made to reduce the overall energy consumption this is not enough. In addition, our understanding of the determining factors of individual energy consumption as well as of its change is growing but still far from being conclusive. In this seminar, we think about households or individuals of consumers of energy services rather than energy consumers per se. This viewpoint widens the horizon to also include people's („socially constructed“) wants.
We will introduce different disciplinary approaches from the field of changing individual energy behaviour and also different domains of behaviour change to clarify the diverging perceptions of the opportunities to change behaviour. For example, in economics, energy is often seen as a commodity and consumers will adapt usage in response to price signals. In psychology, on the other hand, energy use is understood as being affected by norms, values and perceived ability to change behaviour, to name a few mechanisms for promoting change. Sociology is often not looking at individuals but at practices displaying social meanings in relation to „materials", for example. Having revealed strengths and weaknesses of these different approaches we will look at an interdisciplinary framework which integrates the different perspectives and think about how inter- and transdisciplinary research can advance the field and changes in society. Finally, we will further investigate and discuss the prospects and limitations of different intervention and governance strategies (on multiple levels) that are directed at changing individual energy behaviour.
Lernziele You will
- learn disciplinary approaches about changing individual energy behaviour from economics, psychology, sociology etc.;
- understand the benefits and the necessity of an interdisciplinary (and transdisciplinary) approaches to understand changes in individual energy behaviour;
- be able to identify different intervention and governance strategies to change individual energy behaviour;
- apply your understanding through activities in different seminar session.
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.
The recognition of credit points for the "Focal Areas in Sustainability Research" module (learning agreement) is possible for all students.

This seminar is offered by the 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. MSD 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 Please note entry requirements (for details see section "admission requirements".

Mandatory application for ALL! Link open from 17.01.24/noon-06.02.24/midnight:

Login and application only possible with open link. Link guides to the ADAM website. Login button on top row right hand side of ADAM website. First emails with confirmation of participation will be sent out at the end of the first deadline.

In case of vacancies the online application link remains open until 07.03.24/noon.

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


Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
wöchentlich Montag 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum


Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 26.02.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 04.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 11.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 18.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 25.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 01.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Ostern
Montag 08.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 15.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 22.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 29.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 06.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 13.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 20.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Pfingstmontag
Montag 27.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
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 Anm.: Belegen Lehrveranstaltung; Abm.: stornieren
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung