ENERGY 89S: Energy & Society

Spring 2024

Instructor: Tom Cinq-Mars

How do the production, transmission and consumption of energy shape human society? Conversely, how do cultural, political and economic structures inform the decisions societies make about energy?

This course explores those questions by examining the interplay between energy and society from the origins of a fossil-fueled society to the present. Through reading and discussion of current events, historical analyses and fiction, you will develop an understanding of the contemporary debates around energy, cutting edge solutions to problems like sustainability, environmental impact and inequality, and the profound effects that past energy choices have had on human society.

Assignments will include weekly reflections and team-based projects such as brief research primers, which will deepen both your understanding of energy issues and your engagement with Duke’s robust community of energy experts.

First year or transfer students only.

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