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ECON7017 – Ecological Economics

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Rohan Best
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides an introduction to ecological economics - a trans-disciplinary approach to the application of economics to issues of environmental management, development and human welfare, stressing the complex nature of the ecosystem within which economic activity is embedded and the crucial constraints imposed on the scale of human economic activity. Topics covered include sustainability and sustainable development, limits to economic growth, the definition and measurement of welfare and economic progress, and the development of policy for a closed and rapidly-filling world. The unit will be applied in focus, with significant use of case studies and an individual applied research component.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced terminology and concepts associated with the analyses of environmental issues from an ecological economics perspective.
  • ULO2: Evaluate ecological aspects of environmental problems, including key stakeholders and important incentive effects, and the role of ecological constraints.
  • ULO3: Critically analyse the major theoretical approaches to the ecological analysis of environmental issues, the assumptions on which they are based and their implications regarding the effects of changes in key parameters.
  • ULO4: Assess and compare policy alternatives in relation to environmental issues from the perspective of ecological economics.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Content quizzes 20% No Week 2-13
Written reflections 20% No Week 7 & First day of Macquarie University’s Exam Period
Research assignment summary 20% No Week 8
Research assignment 40% No First day of Macquarie University’s Exam Period

Content quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 2-13
Weighting: 20%

 

There will be weekly online quizzes from weeks 2-13. Each quiz involves 10 multiple choice questions on course content and readings.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced terminology and concepts associated with the analyses of environmental issues from an ecological economics perspective.
  • Evaluate ecological aspects of environmental problems, including key stakeholders and important incentive effects, and the role of ecological constraints.
  • Critically analyse the major theoretical approaches to the ecological analysis of environmental issues, the assumptions on which they are based and their implications regarding the effects of changes in key parameters.
  • Assess and compare policy alternatives in relation to environmental issues from the perspective of ecological economics.

Written reflections

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 7 & First day of Macquarie University’s Exam Period
Weighting: 20%

 

This task involves two reflective blog entries on course content. Students are to identify what the key points are from particular sections of the course, and explain why. Each 500 word blog is worth 10%.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced terminology and concepts associated with the analyses of environmental issues from an ecological economics perspective.
  • Evaluate ecological aspects of environmental problems, including key stakeholders and important incentive effects, and the role of ecological constraints.
  • Assess and compare policy alternatives in relation to environmental issues from the perspective of ecological economics.

Research assignment summary

Assessment Type 1: Qualitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 8 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 20%

 

This task involves the submission of a written 200 word abstract for the major research assignment.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced terminology and concepts associated with the analyses of environmental issues from an ecological economics perspective.
  • Evaluate ecological aspects of environmental problems, including key stakeholders and important incentive effects, and the role of ecological constraints.
  • Critically analyse the major theoretical approaches to the ecological analysis of environmental issues, the assumptions on which they are based and their implications regarding the effects of changes in key parameters.
  • Assess and compare policy alternatives in relation to environmental issues from the perspective of ecological economics.

Research assignment

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 22 hours
Due: First day of Macquarie University’s Exam Period
Weighting: 40%

 

The research assignment will include a 3000-word literature review of a topic in ecological economics.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced terminology and concepts associated with the analyses of environmental issues from an ecological economics perspective.
  • Evaluate ecological aspects of environmental problems, including key stakeholders and important incentive effects, and the role of ecological constraints.
  • Critically analyse the major theoretical approaches to the ecological analysis of environmental issues, the assumptions on which they are based and their implications regarding the effects of changes in key parameters.
  • Assess and compare policy alternatives in relation to environmental issues from the perspective of ecological economics.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Classes Students are advised to check https://timetables.mq.edu.au for times. This unit  provides 3 hours online learning per week consisting of recorded and interactive components. It is recommended that students attend all online sessions.

Recommended Texts There is no required textbook. Some recommended references include:

Daly, H.E. and Farley, J. (2010). Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, Second Edition.

Spash, C.L. (2017). Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics.

Technology Used and Required: Unit Web Page Lecture and tutorial material as well as up to date information concerning any aspect of the unit, including any changes to the schedule, will be available to students by logging on to the unit web page at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au. You are strongly encouraged to regularly visit the website and use it as a resource centre to assist with your learning.

Unit Schedule

Section 1: Introduction, key principles

- Introduction and definition of ecological economics

- Key ecological and economic principles

- Renewable and non-renewable resources

Section 2: Microeconomics

- Markets

- Externalities

- Market failure

Section 3: Macroeconomics

- Money

- Globalisation

- Measures of economic output and welfare

- Sustainable development and limits to growth

Section 4: Policy

- General overview

- Carbon pricing

- Distribution and equity

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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