EKM-master programme students are prioritized
During the course students will learn to identify different discourses used in contemporary economic discussions and analyse these viewpoints on the economy in relation to ecology. The students will also acquire problem solving and group working skills to address complex socio-economic challenges.
The course introduces students to the field of ecological economics. The field of ecological economics is transdisciplinary by nature and applicable to economic, social, and environmental problem solving. Students are offered a view to economics that differs fundamentally from the main school of economic thought known as neoclassical economics. The examples used to highlight the differences are from the food sector. First, the students are introduced to the vision that ecological economics offers with concepts such as full versus empty world, and circular economy. The students are then familiarized with different policy tools for guiding development towards a sustainable scale. During the course students are also introduced to methods for measuring not only efficiency but also a sustainable scale and just distribution with in a system.
Learning diary and a group exercise, which is evaluated by student peer review method, as well as by the teacher.
Common, M., Stagl, S. (2012). Ecological economics – An introduction. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.