Course Title: Ecological Economics

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 033238

Course Title: Ecological Economics

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng


Course Coordinator: Terry A'Hearn

Course Coordinator Phone: (03) 9925 3441 (initially)

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requesites

Course Description

Ecologial Economics offers transdisciplinary approaches to environmental and economic sustainability. Thecourse explores this recently evolved area of studies and introduces students to the associated economic theories and ecological principles. Students are not expected to have studied economics nor ecology at tertiary level, but students who have will still find the course challenging. For instance many of the approaches of ecological economics include philosophical, psy chological, political and sociological perspectives that questiion the nature of economics. With reference to environmental policy and natural resource management, the course considers key concepts and methods, such as ’natural capital’, the Natural Step, and life cycle analysis. The relationships of environmental economics tecological economics will be part of the range of issues considered.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will develop capibilities related to:

. analysis of the influences on policy and society

. researching policy issues

Outcomes for students include:

. understanding of the development and role of ecological economics

. knowledge of the application of ecological economics

. appreciation of the components of ecological economics and how they can be used

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will build on their reading of texts and articles to form a basis for engagment in class discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources available to students include texts related to a range of relevant fields, associated journal articles (electronic and paper), web sites, guest presenters.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will comprise a minor essay and a more substantial report.