Economics of Sustainability - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Written Assignment (50%) , Invigilated Exam - Final Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

This intensive unit explores the interplay between economics and sustainability. Students will examine the explanatory power and policy impact of the dominant neoclassical economics paradigm in order to understand its benefits and limitations in relation to sustainability. The unit provides an overview of economic tools and techniques for dealing with sustainability problems and introduces alternative economic perspectives, which challenge economic orthodoxy.

On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:

  1. more readily understand existing economic perspectives as they pertain to sustainability
  2. analyse contemporary debates surrounding issues of sustainability and economic development
  3. engage in contemporary debates surrounding issues of sustainability and economic development.
  • Assignment — Written Assignment (50%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Exam (40%)
  • Participation — Online Participation (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Economics and sustainability: An uneasy marriage?
2Economic tools for decision makers
3Economics and climate change
4Economic growth alternatives
5Economics for sustainability

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