This topic course aims at presenting an in-depth analysis of the energy and fuel poverty issues with a multidisciplinary perspective. This course analyzes general definitions of energy poverty, energy access and fuel poverty in developed countries. These issues are analyzed through the lens of overlapping EU policies.
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To provide students with the knowledge and the tools to discuss the main issues on energy poverty in developed and developing countries. The course aims at giving the ability of applying critical thinking and assess the interactions among different EU climate and policies designed to reduce poverty and inequality. Students will have developed the capacity to find and interpret data and indicators. Students will also improve writing skills with appropriate specific language.
Micro and macroeconomics. It is strongly recommended to have passed the exam "Energy, Environment and European security", first year of the Master's programme in International Relations and European Studies, University of Florence.
THE COURSE WILL BE DELIVERED IN THE SECOND AND THIRD MODULE OF THE SECOND SEMESTER.
This is a distance-learning course with open educational resources used to stimulate learning through self-reflection, webinars and forums. The course uses Moodle e-learning platform of the University of Florence as a repository for recorded lectures, handouts, slides and research materials, potentially available to other interested subjects not enrolled in the Master. The platform is also used for tests and assignments. Finally, it also supports webinars and on line discussion sessions.
This course uses a blended learning methodology, combining in-person and on-line learning. For this type of e-learning course, it is essential to keep up with weekly on-line activities.
The on-line lectures will be available only for enrolled students qualified as attending students. To qualify as attending students weekly on-line activities should be completed before due time. Teachers will monitor that attending students keep up with deadlines, otherwise they will be moved in the group of non-attending students. For attending students, the final exam will include a short written test and all on-line weekly activities.
Non-attending students will be directed to a dedicated section of the course where a specific reference list, materials and program will be uploaded. On the other hand, on-line lectures will NOT be available. For these students the final exam will include a written essay and a written test.
This course is part of the Jean Monnet Chair "HOuseholds’ energy Poverty in the EU: PERspectives for research and policies" (HOPPER) financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission for the years 2019-2023.
1. Quizzes and weekly assignements ( 50%) -
2. Final exam ( 50%) - The final exam is a written test. Time limit is 1 and a half hour. Please, check for updates on the moodle page
Students are required to pass a written test with open questions (on the examination programme) (70%) and to write an essay (30%). Detailed information on the essay will be available on the moodle page of the course.
Programma del corso
The course is organized in weekly units on the general issue of inequality and poverty, energy poverty and its measurement, policies and case studies.