Identify where economics crosses paths with policies for climate action and sustainable development.Strip economic approaches to sustainability down to their essence. Unpack the taxation system. Look at local and global climate change initiatives.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
review contemporary economic approaches and methodologies to sustainability and climate change, including casual as well as responsive aspects
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
understand sustainability-informed economic approaches to climate change can be applied at local scales and integrated with global parameters and initiatives
work individually and within groups to develop and refine techniques, methodologies and concepts to enhance the workability and acceptability of sustainability-informed approaches
create innovative approaches that demonstrate research skills across a variety of disciplines and which contribute to international academic and business understanding
evaluate and communicate ideas orally, in writing and with technological applications to ensure the implementation and uptake of concepts and ideas is effective.
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 subject 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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