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Energy & Economy in the Digital Age




Overview

 

This introductory module will explore and demystify the elements and impacts of energy and its relationship with human systems, including digital systems. To be fully informed as students and citizens in the digital age, we must also gain a literacy of energy and economy. Becoming digitally literate while ignoring the physical realities of energy leaves out a crucial element in our collective knowledge.

Originally created for the University of Minnesota Honors Freshmen Experience, Nate Hagens, PhD, Professor at University of Minnesota, serving on the Board of Directors at the Post Carbon Institute, guides us through the complexities of energy. 

Pre-requisites: None

You will learn about:

​* How our cultural myths about energy and economy blind us to the realities of how we use energy in the digital age, and its resulting impacts
* Energy surplus, benefits, scale, and impacts related to our human systems
* Energy primacy; why and how energy is central to our human economies
* Energy depletion and transferability
* Energy transitions, and relationship to our future

Module Author:
Nate Hagens, PhD
Freshmen Honors Program
University of Minnesota

 

Keywords
Energy

Syllabus/Suggested Schedule

To view any lecture, just click on them and view it in the player above

 


Week 1: Introduction to Energy and Economy

  • Energy Blindness | Energy & Economy 1/16
    Part 1/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota
  • Energy Surplus | Energy & Economy 2/16
    Part 2/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota
  • Energy Benefits | Energy & Economy 3/16
    Part 3/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota
  • Energy Scale | Energy & Economy 4/16
    Part 4/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota

Week 2: Energy Impacts and Energy Primacy

  • Energy Impacts | Energy & Economy 5/16
    Part 5/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota
  • Energy Primacy - Part 1 | Energy & Economy 6/16
    Part 6/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota
  • Energy Primacy - Part 2 | Energy & Economy 7/16
    Part 7/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota
  • Energy Primacy - Part 3 | Energy & Economy 8/16
    Part 8/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota
  • Energy Primacy - Part 4 | Energy & Economy 9/16
    Part 9/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota
  • Energy Primacy - Part 5 | Energy & Economy 10/16
    Part 10/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota

Week 3: Energy Remoteness, its Depletion and Fungibility

  • Energetic Remoteness | Energy & Economy 11/16
    Part 11/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota
  • Energy Depletion | Energy & Economy 12/16
    Part 12/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota
  • Energy Fungibility | Energy & Economy 13/16
    Part 13/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota

Week 4: Energy Transitions and Our Future

  • Energy Transitions | Energy & Economy 14/16
    Part 14/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota
  • Energy and Happiness | Energy & Economy 15/16
    Monkey Inequality video
  • Energy and Our Future | Energy & Economy 16/16
    Part 16/16 Created for NEXUS ONE - University of Minnesota

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