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Economics of Sustainability (SUS202)

Organisational Unit School of Management and Governance
Credit Points 4
Availability MURDOCH: W-internal (closed), W-external
Description This intensive unit explores the interplay between economics and sustainability. Students will examine the explanatory and policy power 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.
Timetabled Learning Activities Introductory workshop: 1 x 2 hours; workshops: 10 x 2 hours; discussion fora: 10 x 1 hour; mini lectures/guest lecutres: 5 x 1 hour. Students should seek confirmation of the attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
Other Learning Experiences Students will attend mini-lectures presented by guest speakers on select topics and watch recordings from relevant documentaries and television programs pertaining to economics and sustainability.
Assessment Class participation: 10%
Written assignment 1: 20%
Written assignment 2: 30%
Final exam: 40%

All assessment work goes beyond mere comprehension and reproduction of unit content. Students are required to critically engage with the unit content, which challenges assumptions and ways of thinking. Class activities and discussions serve the purpose of exploring the contested terrain of economics and sustainability. Written assignments ask students to develop a robust theoretical grounding and to translate and apply economic theory to current affairs and contemporary sustainability concerns.
Feedback to students will be provided electronically via audio-recorded feedback, electronic marking sheets/rubrics as well as face-to-face during classes.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed STP205 Economics and Sustainability may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: STP205
2014: 'Economics and Sustainability'
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