Sustainability, Climate Change and Economics - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (35%) , Essay 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This innovative approach to economics focuses on policy implementation for climate action and sustainable development. It moves beyond conventional approaches by reframing economics, accounting and policy within sustainability principles, parameters and processes, so that climate-friendly actions and sustainable behaviours are rewarded, rather than penalised. The focus is on implementation through the re-evaluation of economic activities, the restructuring of accounting narratives, and the used of monitoring and management regimes that support continuous sustainability learning. The unit provides new relevance for many existing methods currently marginalised in conventional policy processes. Students will learn ways of thinking and techniques that utilise new information system technologies. Socio-cultural and biophysical understandings from other sciences are integrated in a range of theoretical and practical perspectives on complex issues that have local and international relevance. The skills developed will enhance the employment prospects for students with organisations that are keen to move beyond business-as-usual to embrace the new world of sustainability-informed accounting, governance, management and policy.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. review contemporary economic approaches and methodologies to sustainability and climate change, including casual as well as responsive aspects
  2. analyse and synthesise sustainability-informed attributes of economic activities and how properties and meta data can be used to create taxa to organise data that are useful for decision-making, management accounting and monitoring for effective sustainability and climate change action
  3. understand sustainability-informed economic approaches to climate change can be applied at local scales and integrated with global parameters and initiatives
  4. work individually and within groups to develop and refine techniques, methodologies and concepts to enhance the workability and acceptability of sustainability-informed approaches
  5. create innovative approaches that demonstrate research skills across a variety of disciplines and which contribute to international academic and business understanding
  6. evaluate and communicate ideas orally, in writing and with technological applications to ensure the implementation and uptake of concepts and ideas is effective.
  • Essay 1 (35%)
  • Essay 2 (35%)
  • Presentation (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction and Overview
2Complexity and Sustainability
3Reconceptualising Economics within Sustainability
4Transitions to Sustainability
5Reflexive Viability Analysis
6Critical Overview of Existing Tools
7Creating a sustainability accounting narrative
8Sustainability-informed Management Accounting
9Overview of New Developments in Business Informatics
10Sustainability-informed System of National Accounts
11A Sustainability-informed Taxation System
12Summary, Overview and Student Presentations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Book of Readings
  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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