AØKK08435U Seminar: Ecological Economics
Seminar: Ecological Economics
The aim of the seminar is to give students a broad introduction to the key elements of Ecological Economics. Students are welcome to write papers in pairs. Possible topics for seminar papers include (but are not limited to):
- The fundamental vision of Ecological Economics: the economy as a subsystem embedded in nature
- The history of humans in the environment
- The historical development of Economics and Ecology
- Implications of the laws of thermodynamics for economic analysis
- The relationship between Ecological and Neoclassical Economics
- Sustainable development from the perspective of Ecological Economics
- Herman Daly’s Steady-State Economics: sustainable scale, just distribution and efficient allocation
- Defining and predicting sustainability in ecological terms
- The paradigm of “Planetary Boundaries” and its relation to Ecological Economics
- Elements of Ecological Economics in the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity
- Economic growth and the environment: An Ecological Economics perspective
- Measures of human impact on the environment
- Can man-made capital substitute for natural capital?
- Fair and efficient instruments of economic and environmental policy from the perspective of Ecological Economics
- An Ecological Economics perspective on the Circular Economy
- National income accounting from the perspective of Ecological Economics
- International trade rules for sustainability
The seminar will start with a lecture which introduces students to key concepts in Ecological Economics and offers suggestions on the choice of topics for seminar papers, including references to relevant Ecological Economics literature.
After completing the seminar the student is expected to be able to fulfill the learning outcome specified in the Master curriculum and to be able to
- Account for, define and scientifically reflect on key concepts in Ecological Economics
- Identify and discuss central contributions to Ecological Economics
- Identify relevant literature for the purpose of further study of Ecological Economics
- Define and discuss the structure of a good (seminar) paper
- Present and debate issues in Ecological Economics to peers in a scientific and professional manner
- Independently plan and carry through a research project in Ecological Economics
- Independently be able to make use of the seminar course content in own academic work
A good introduction to Ecological Economics can be found in the following e-book:
Costanza, R., Cumberland, J., Daly, H., Goodland, R., Norgaard, R., Kubiszewski, I., Franco, C. (2015). An Introduction to Ecological Economics. Second Edition, CRC Press.
The e-book is freely available on the internet: http://students.aiu.edu/submissions/profiles/resources/onlineBook/Z4y3V9_An_Introduction_to_Ecological_Economics-_Second_Edition.pdf
Further references to relevant literature will be posted on the Absalon page for the seminar.
Relation to subjects and courses: The content of the seminar relates primarily to our third-year course in “The Economics of the Environment and Climate Change” and to our graduate courses in “Advanced Economics of the Environment and Climate Change” and in “The Energy Economics of the Green Transition”.
- Deadline for submission of commitment paper / project description: No later than 1 October.
- Deadline for uploading a seminar assignment paper in the Digital Exam portal: No later than one week before the presentations.
- Presentations: 20 November - 11 December
- Exam date: 20 December at 10.00 AM - latest uploading of Seminar paper to the Digital Exam portal for assessment.
- Deadline for assessment: 24 January
All information regarding the seminar is communicated through Absalon including venue. It is very important that you by yourself log on to Absalon and read the information already when you are registered at the seminar.
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Each student receives individually oral feedback on the paper
and at the presentation from peers and from the supervisor.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Skriftlig aflevering
- Krav til indstilling til eksamen
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Kriterier for bedømmelse
Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner
- 7,5 ECTS
- 1 semester
- Maximum number of number of students in the class: 20
- Økonomisk Studienævn
- Økonomisk Institut
- Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet
- Peter Birch Sørensen (20-736877687531656c75666b3176727568717668714368667271316e7831676e)
Peter Birch Sørensenemail@example.com