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ECO2020 : Ecological Economics and Policy

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matt Walker
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To introduce the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of ecological and environmental economics and approaches to the economic analysis of environmental issues. Students will examine the economics of the biosphere, considering alternative schools of thought in which activity is either external or embedded in nature, with application to policymaking.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics to be introduced at an introductory level include: market failure, environmental policy instruments, limits to growth, nature as an asset, and global environmental problems (e.g., climate change and biodiversity loss).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Pip seminars. Seminars will allow students to apply their knowledge to work in groups on an environmental policy case study and present their findings which will be examined in the assessment.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Pre-assessment clinic. Students are encouraged to discuss ideas and ask questions around the assessment.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide a critical overview of key theoretical concepts and empirical evidence.

Seminars will be student-led and interactive to gain a deeper understanding of the methodological debates involved and the application of policy instruments.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1002,000 word academic essay. 10% of the mark will be based on the group work linked to the essay.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MIn-class feedback during seminar activities. In-class feedback during pre-assessment clinic.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exercise is designed to encourage independent study on a particular interaction between the economy and environment and enable application of theoretical concepts to practice. The group case study in the seminars will link directly into parts of the assessment.

Reading Lists