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ECOP3015 - Political Economy of the Environment

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Lynne Chester


This unit of study critically examines the environmental foundations of the political economy. Two dimensions are explored: how economists and political economists theorise economic interactions with the environment; and how environmental problems emerge and are managed within the capitalist political economy. Attention is given to developing theories of environmental economics, ecological economics and range of radical critiques of human interactions with ecological systems. Individual environmental concerns are explored through a series of workshops that focus on the nature of the problems, policy prescriptions and the forces shaping particular environmental management strategies.


1x1500wd essay (35%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%), 1x3000wd group case study (25%) and 1x group presentation (10%)


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week commencing week 2


ECOP1001 and (ECOP1002 or ECOP1003 or ECOP1004)



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