Subject details

On successful completion of the subject 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.
  • Topics
    • Economics and sustainability: An uneasy marriage?
    • Economic tools for decision makers
    • Economics and climate change
    • Economic growth alternatives
    • Economics for sustainability
  • Study resources
    • Print Materials
      • Study guide

Entry Requirements


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This intensive subject 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 subject provides an overview of economic tools and techniques for dealing with sustainability problems and introduces alternative economic perspectives, which challenge economic orthodoxy.

  • Assignment 1 - Final Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Written Assignment (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online Participation (10%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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